January 22, 2018
As with all questions, there is a simple answer and a complicated answer. The simple answer for why you have ants in your home is: ants never stop spreading. It was just a matter of time before they found a way in. But, the secret to how you can keep them out lies in understanding the more complicated answer to this question.
The reason you have ants in your home is that you haven't done what is necessary to keep them out. Ants are tiny creatures with incredible mobility. They can climb walls, walk across ceilings, and are able to pass through the holes in an outlet. Keeping them out of a home is nearly impossible without some form of pest control. Effective ant control requires the use of baits and insecticides--and baits and insecticides are best applied by a professional who understands how to use them and what safety measures are necessary. When ant control is done wrong, it can actually make ant problems worse.
Budding is a process that occurs in an ant colony that has more than one queen. When the colony is threatened, it splits into two or more colonies in order to ensure the survival of the species. This turns one nest into many. There are many ways a colony can feel threatened. Most often, budding occurs when a homeowner uses insecticides to kill ants on contact, or cleaners to clean areas where ants have been destroyed.
In our service area, there are several ant pests we deal with. The most common are fire ants, rover ants, tawny crazy ants, and carpenter ants. Each of these come with their own set of problems. Fire ants sting, and their stings can lead to complications for those who are allergic to them. Rover ants are common home invaders that are able to infest wall voids. Tawny crazy ants get into electrical boxes. And carpenter ants are wood-destroying pests. The best solution for all of these ant pests is ongoing pest service. When you have regular inspections and treatments from a professional, you take the battle to the ants, rather than waiting for them to appear in your home by the hundreds or thousands.
If you would like more information about ant threats in East Texas, or you would like to set up an initial inspection to see what pest pressures you have on your property, reach out to Modern Pest Control. We offer year-round service plans that give Texas homes the essential protection they need. Get your protection in place today.