February 08, 2019
To answer this question, you must first understand that ants are persistent. A colony outside will spread and is likely to reach your home at some point or another. And they are all over your Tomball kitchen because they’ve been allowed a way in. Because of their size, it’s easy to sneak their way in through cracks and crevices in your foundation, windows, or other openings to your home. If there’s a way in, these ants will find it.
There are many ants you could be dealing with in Tomball including fire ants, rover ants, tawny crazy ants, and carpenter ants. Each of these brings specific problems to your home. Fire ants are known for their stinging bite. They attack people, wildlife and even machinery. Rover ants are a nuisance and come in large numbers. Tawny ants are capable of biting and can also affect electrical equipment. They can be a nuisance in nature by causing grasslands to dry out and wildlife to relocate. Carpenter ants are a threat to the structure of your home as they will build nests inside the wooden structures. They can cause damage similar to termite damage.
No matter which type of ant you’re dealing with, we can promise you one thing, they are difficult to control. Trying to eliminate an invasion is frustrating and needs to be done carefully to avoid a process called budding. Budding occurs when a colony feels threatened or under attack. It’s a survival mechanism where the colony will split in two or more colonies. This commonly happens with DIY control methods. Yes, trying to remove ants from your home can create even more ants! It’s a vicious cycle. It’s helpful to get a professional who knows exactly how these pests work. They will be able to eliminate them much quicker than unreliable DIY methods.
Unfortunately, in Texas, ants can be active almost any time of the year. With many ants, such as carpenter ants, their nests can be inside the house. Once inside, they have food, shelter, and water, which is everything they need to survive. We don’t have the cold weather to completely stop the activity of ants, as they do in northern states, so it’s important to keep prevention methods in place year-round to ensure there is no way in for these insects.
If you see a few ants, there are likely hundreds, or even thousands more that you do not see. Some ants are great at hiding, living inside walls, and remaining out of sight. If you see a few, there could be a whole colony just under the surface. Sometimes colonies will send out scout ants to search the premises and see if it’s fit for the colony to inhabit. Either way, seeing even just a single ant is a warning sign. If you’re dealing with ants in your Tomball home, contact Modern Pest Control. We can keep your home pest free all year long. Our professionals perform regular inspections and treatments that ensure ants remain out of homes. We offer different levels of pest control services. Give us a call today to find out which is right for you.