June 11, 2019
Where there’s one, there’s more. A small black ant making its way across the kitchen counter may not seem like a big deal. Ants are so little, and can seem so harmless; however, if you see one ant in your kitchen, chances are there are many more. You may have a colony of ants already living somewhere in your house. You may have a group of ants waiting for their scout to come back and give the okay for them to move in. Either way, if you ignore the first ant sighting, you might end up with an ant infestation. The only way to avoid a house overrun by ants is to call a professional pest control service.
Peak season for ants
Unfortunately, here in Texas ants can be active year-round. We don’t have the bitter cold winter that some northern states do, so ants will often remain active all year. Their movement picks up in spring, as many ants leave their colonies to mate during the spring. Like most insects, they enjoy warmer temperatures. If an ant colony enters your home now, they’re probably going to stick around for quite some time unless you take action against them.
Why do ants enter homes?
Your house has a consistent temperature that ants will love year-round. You probably also have more than enough food and water for a colony of ants. Your home can also give them protection from some of the wildlife they would encounter while living outside. There are many different kinds of ants in the Houston/Pearland area. You might have black ants, fire ants, crazy ants, carpenter ants, rover ants, or pharaoh ants. These all have different nesting and feeding habits. They can also cause varying levels of harm.
If you’ve ever been bitten by a fire ant, you know why you don’t want a colony of them in your home. Carpenter ants can build nests and tunnels in the wooden structures of your home, which can cause problems down the road. Some ants don’t bite or cause immediate issues, but they can multiply quickly. Next thing you know, they swarm your kitchen, bathroom, and other areas of your house where they find food. They’re incredibly hard to get rid of and can make cooking and cleaning seem impossible.
Getting rid of ants on your own
If you have an ant infestation, you can’t get rid of it without help. Individual attempts to clear away an ant infestation will likely lead to budding. Budding happens when a colony splits apart because they feel they are under attack. They separate into two colonies, and each will continue to grow. Before you know it, you’ll have more ants than you did to start. Further attempts to get rid of them on your own will only make them continue to multiply.
What can you do about an ant infestation?
Modern uses the below five-step approach to treating ants.
Modern does a home inspection to determine the movement of ants in your house and the possible causes.
We help you to use physical controls such as sealing trashcans that are attracting ants or blocking the entry points ants have been using gain access to your home.
We create a custom plan for getting rid of ants.
A pest control technician will implement treatments, based on the inspection and customized plan.
Modern Pest Control always includes a final step of communication to make sure your ant problem is solved. If ants continue to appear in your kitchen after treatment, we will come back to address the problem until it is resolved.
If ants overrun your Pearland home, call Modern Pest Control. Modern can help whether you have a colony of ants living under your dishwasher or just one scouting ant that will lead to a future army.