Are The Ants Around My McKinney Property Dangerous?
May 15, 2020
How far outside would you have to walk before seeing an ant? Probably not very far. As we head towards summer here in McKinney, ants are becoming more and more present around properties, and you know what that means. It means trails running through kitchens. It means carpenter ants building their nests within the wood of homes. It means ants of all kinds causing trouble for homeowners. The question is, are these ants dangerous? And, if so, how can you stop them?
Different Ants Around McKinney
Texas is home to many different species of ants. We have fire ants, little black ants, carpenter ants, harvester ants, yellow crazy ants, sugar ants, odorous house ants, rover ants, and many more. The good news is that not all species of ants are pest ants. Many prefer to live out in the wild and only invade homes to seek temporary shelter to avoid cold, inclement weather, and natural disasters. The ones that do get into homes usually do so to scavenge for food. Little black ants are a prime example of this. These tiny ants will build their colonies near or within the walls of a home and then search for food inside to keep their bellies full. Carpenter ants are similar in that they also scavenge inside homes for food. What makes them different is where they build their homes. Instead of digging their nests into the ground, carpenter ants can tunnel their homes into the structural wood of buildings. As you can guess, this can cause a few problems.
Other Problems Ants Cause
Ants are known for causing trouble. Here in Texas that trouble can be a bit overwhelming at times. Carpenter ants, for example: These larger ants are known for the destruction they cause within the homes they infest. By building their nests through the structural wood of homes, severe damage can happen, over time.
And although most ants are just a nuisance, some are known for carrying and spreading bacteria through homes. Ants that scavenge through trash are usually culprits for this. One example of this is pharaoh ants which are able to carry a number of dangerous diseases such as Salmonellosis, staphylococcus, and clostridium.
Some ants such as odorous house ants give off a foul odor when threatened or squished. This odor is often described as rotten coconuts.
Finally, there are biting and stinging ants. Crazy ants, raspberry ants, and fire ants are all known for the pain they can inflict on humans. The good news is, these are more commonly yard pests than indoor threats.
What To Do About Ants In And Around Your Home
With so many different ants out there, it can feel overwhelming when looking for ways to stop them. What if we told you, there was one simple thing you could do to keep every single species of ants from causing you trouble in and around your home? All you have to do is get the professionals here at Big D Pest & Termite Services involved. Our expert pest technicians have the skills and equipment needed to quickly and effectively deal with any pest problems you and your property are up against. Whether you need a quick fix for ants in your home, are looking for a way to stop carpenter ants from eating away at your walls, or need a break from the fire ants in your yard, we have your answer.
Reach out to our team today to find out what high-quality pest control services look like for your McKinney property.