ants invading a home

Ants are one of the most invasive pests in the world today. It doesn’t take much to attract them—they like to eat many of the same things we enjoy. They have a greatly advanced sense of smell, with over five times the odor receptors as most other insects. All it takes are a few crumbs, perhaps a few dirty dishes, or a tantalizing treat on your kitchen counter, and before you know it, you have an ant infestation.

 

Some ants are also attracted to the building materials of our homes and will feast on the wood, destroy our vegetation, and even compromise our home’s foundation. Once they’ve discovered your home and deemed it an excellent place to forage for food, they begin to build nests near or right inside your home, and once that happens, they can be challenging to get rid of.

 

Ants are intelligent, social, organized, and destructive. And aside from the annoyance and uncleanliness they bring into your home they may also be hazardous to our health. They can carry bacteria and spread contagious diseases, according to Berkeley Wellness.

 

There are more than 12,000 species of ants in the world today, several species of which can be responsible for infestations. Their populations are vast. A biologist at Harvard University once theorized that, if you compared the total weight of all the ants in the world with the weight of all the humans, the ants might just outweigh us. Even scarier than that, with the Earth’s temperature perpetually rising as a result of global warming, ant populations will get even bigger, and their individual body size will increase in the years to come. 

 

If you’ve discovered a few ants in your home or apartment, in your yard or around your patio, walkways or driveway, you can bet there are a great many more nearby. Ant colonies can grow to hundreds of thousands in number. Typically, a few ants will venture into your home as a “scout” before they venture back to their colony to spread the word. That is why an infestation is so difficult to eradicate—you can kill them and keep killing them, but more keep coming. They even leave chemical trails that the other ants can easily follow. That is also why over-the-counter pesticide treatments like sprays or traps from the hardware store are only a temporary fix and not a real solution. Those products may kill the ants you see, but they cannot penetrate the nests or the colony.

 

To properly handle your ant infestation, you need a trained and knowledgeable expert who can not only identify the exact type of ant problem you have but can contain it, removing the nests and sealing off your home from the invading colony. Our experts in ant control service will also give you useful advice to help you prevent infestations in the future and protect your home and family.

 

So, if you have an ant problem, don’t ignore it or try to handle it yourself. Infestations will only grow bigger and become more invasive and destructive, and that can happen over a very short period. You can count on ant control service at Katy Pest Control to take care of your problem. As the leading choice for pest control in Katy, Texas, and the surrounding areas, we have the experience, knowledge, and tools to do the job right. Don’t wait—contact us today. You’ll be glad you did.