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Ants Are Attracted to Sugar and Water Around Your Home

antsCarpenter and Fire Ants Present Unique Threats to Homes

Ants are social insects, so when a few of these pests find their way inside your home, many more are sure to follow. Ants are particularly attracted to sugar, although they also need ready access to water in order to thrive. Naturally, the kitchen is the area of the house that’s most likely to attract ants from the outdoors.

Uncovered food in pantries and even in refrigerators prove more than sufficiently enticing for a hungry ant colony. Garbage cans and even exposed pet food are often enough to pique an ant’s interest from even relatively great distance.

There are over twelve thousand species of ant around the world, and even though many are harmless, there are a few species native to North America which can become particularly unwelcome houseguests. Among these troublesome pests are the fire ant and carpenter ant, that latter of which can burrow into walls, ceilings, and foundations which can weaken structural supports and necessitate costly repairs.

In the wild, carpenter ants will nest in tree trunks and piles of wet and decaying wood. Their perpetual search for food and water will sometimes bring them into contact with human habitations. Homeowners should take special care to eliminate any areas around the home where moisture tends to collect, particularly in bathrooms and basements. Even a leaky pipe or collected rainwater may be sufficient to attract carpenter ants to your property.

carpenter antsCarpenter ants are relatively large in size, and are generally black in color. If you spot these insects wandering around your home, are suspect that they have caused damage, contact your local pest control professional right away.

Much like carpenter ants, fire ants are drawn to sugar and water, but while carpenter ants can pose a threat to property, fire ants can occasional pose a threat directly to your person. It’s especially important to maintain a thorough fire ant control regimen if you have young children or pets, as idle curiosity may often compel them to start digging around near a fire ant mound.

Perceived threats to the mound will cause these pests to swarm, and you’ve no doubt experienced first-hand the painful defense mechanism these pests can employ when their territory is under attack. It may be tempting at try to remedy an ant infestation on your own, however it’s much more cost-effective and efficient in the long run to hire a pest control professional evaluate and eliminate the infestation in a timely manner.

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If ants have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control to get in touch with our Dallas ant control professionals at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

Dallas Fort Worth Pest Control – Fire Ant Colonies

A Pest Control Nightmare

The fire ant is definitely a pest control nuisance throughout Dallas / Fort Worth and an allergic threat via dermatitis and anaphylactic shock to millions of people.  Even if you don’t have to pull out the epi-pen after being bitten, there is a certain unpleasant feeling to their sting.  Thus, the best way to co-exist with fire ants is to know more about them.  There are many do-it-yourself tricks to alleviating a fire ant problem; however, it is safer for you and your family to call your local Dallas pest control company for assistance and their professional recommendations.

First off, fire ants live in colonies that are social units containing several hundred to several thousand members.  There are three subgroups within the colony: the workers, the reproductives, and the queens.  The worker ants are the largest group in the colony and as their name suggests, they work for the good of the colony by foraging for food and building tunnels and mounds.  The worker ants travel up to one hundred miles away foraging through tunnels and atop land for food to feed the colony.  They forage day and night until temperature reach ninety-five degrees, at which point, they forage during the night only.  The reproductives are a select group of male and female ants that have the ability to take flight and mate, later forming new colonies.  The most well-known ant of the colony, the queen is very highly revered and protected as she is the life line of the colony.  There can actually be between ten to one hundred queens in a single colony.

Life Cycle

When the reproductives take flight, mate, and settle in to build their own colonies, their first mission is to lay and protect their many eggs.  The egg hatches in to a soft white larva, looking much like a minute grub worm.  The larva is helpless and dependent upon the workers for food and protection as it grows and later begins the molting process.  In the next to last molt, the larva transforms into a pupa and begins forming legs and often wings.  Finally, the pupa turns into the adult ant.  It is at this point that the new ant will either begin as a sterile worker or begin helping in quest of reproduction and new colony formation.

The reproductives that began the colony end up becoming queens of the fire ant colony.  The queen’s primary job is to reproduce, lying up to one thousand, five hundred eggs per day.  Unlike the worker, the queen’s life span can range up to seven years.  The mature ant colony can contain up to a hundred queen ants and span over three feet in diameter.

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