Ant Identification & Prevention

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Frequently Asked Questions About Ants

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What are ants?

Our Austin, TX, service area is home to many types of ants, including sugar ants, rover ants, carpenter ants, and fire ants.

Ants are one of the easiest insects for most homeowners to identify because they are so common, and we come into contact with them on a regular basis. Identifying them is also easy because they have distinct physical features.

  • Three distinct body segments: large head, thorax, and abdomen
  • A body covered in a hard exoskeleton
  • Six legs with three joints each
  • Elbowed antennae

Most ants look very similar; the best way to determine the exact species that has found its way to your Austin property is to reach out to an experienced pest professional. Here at Aries Pest Control, our Austin pest control professionals will quickly and accurately identify the ants moving in and around your home.

Are ants dangerous?

Most people believe ants to be harmless since they are frequent visitors in and around our Texas homes. But beware, ants are more troublesome than they appear.

  • Ants transport bacteria.
  • They contaminate food stored inside kitchens and pantries.
  • Some ants produce unpleasant odors.
  • Their small size allows them to infiltrate and damage electrical equipment.
  • Carpenter ants cause structural damage.
  • Fire ants deliver painful bites and stings.

We should never overlook ants because they are small and seem insignificant. The problems ants can cause make them pests that you need to take quick action against.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants are social insects meaning they live and work together in large groups. They are superior communicators and have an excellent sense of smell, and their small size makes it challenging to keep them out of our homes. The tiniest gap under a door acts like a welcome sign for hungry or thirsty ants or ants that are looking for a safe nesting spot.

Ants are omnivores and feed on many of the same proteins and sweets we do, making our outdoor eating areas, trash cans, and garden areas magnets for these pests. Once ants discover a reliable food source, they will alert the rest of the colony and keep returning. A small ant infestation can quickly become a large, impossible-to-control problem. The best way to avoid an ant problem is to contact a professional that can offer effective ant control as soon as you notice ants in your Austin yard or home.

Where will I find ants?

Ants are a pest problem that few people can escape, as our Texas yards often offer ants multiple places to forage. Your property's trash cans, recycling bins, gardens, and outdoor eating areas are too much for ants to resist. As ants forage for food in your yard, they will eventually find their way into your home, sometimes accidentally and sometimes after being attracted by food odors or moisture. If ants are in your house, you may notice rustling sounds behind walls, the presence of winged ants, or wood shavings under things like baseboards or trim.

How do I get rid of ants?

For effective ant control in Austin, turn to the local professionals at Aries Pest Control. We provide fully licensed and insured services that you can count on to remove your current ant problem and prevent future problems with ants and other common household pests. We help people by providing our customers with the best pest control for ants. For information about our residential pest control services and which option is the best solution for your specific ant problem, please call today!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Ants are tricky to prevent because their small size means they can easily move into our homes. The best way to keep ants out of your home is to take away as many entry points as possible.

  • Inspect potted plants that have been outside for ants before bringing them indoors.
  • Use caulk to seal gaps and cracks in exterior walls and the foundation.
  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors and add door sweeps to all exterior doors.
  • Repair torn screens, seal spaces around utilities entering your house, and place mesh covers over vents.
  • Seal spaces around wires and cables entering your home.

To implement professional pest control services in Austin that will control ants now and in the future, call us today!

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