Austin and surrounding areas Ant Pest Control
Do you have a problem with ants in your home or at your place of business in Austin and surrounding areas?
Identifying an Ant Infestation
Ants are easy to recognize and can be difficult to eliminate once they have invaded a location. Attracted to any form of food, ants will invade and contaminate food supplies quickly. In addition, several types of ants cause significant structural damage in a relatively short length of time. Ants have been known to also cause troublesome health issues as well as being an unsightly nuisance to property owners in Austin and surrounding areas.
The Be Bug Free Services pest control experts are trained and experienced to quickly identify any ant species that can threaten the well-being of individuals and the overall structural integrity of your property. BBF Services offers a variety of treatments to eliminate ants of any type. Ongoing treatments are the best way to keep ants from building colonies on your property.
To learn more about ant infestations in Austin and surrounding areas, and how we eliminate them safely from your location, contact a Be Bug Free Services specialist for your free assessment.
Tips for Preventing Ant Infestations
- Keep foods tightly sealed and wrapped and clean up any crumbs or spills on counters or floors promptly.
- Any visible ant trails can be sprayed with vinegar and water, or window cleaner to eliminate pheromone traces which help them organize foraging.
- Caulk and seal any visible cracks and crevices.
- Keep pet food dishes put away after their mealtimes.
The Most Common Types of Ant Infestations
- Acrobat Ants – Often mistaken for carpenter ants, acrobat ants can be identified by their heart-shaped abdomen. They are also active during the day and night as opposed to Carpenter ants. They nest in trees, rotting wood and moist areas. They are attracted to sugary substances, such as honeydew from aphids.
- Carpenter Ants – Carpenter ants look for moist areas and chew away at wood and other structural components including electrical cables! Small piles of sawdust almost always indicate the presence of carpenter ants that systematically make their way through a home or business to cause significant structural damage.
- Fire Ants – Reddish-brown and black in color and varies in size – 1/8 to 1/4 inch. If a mound is disturbed in any way, ants rush out in large numbers and begin stinging. The sting burns like fire (hence their name) and to some can cause allergic reactions.
- Sugar Ants- Small and black in color, sugar ants are attracted to anything sweet in your pantry, as well as certain toothpastes and shampoos that have sweet additives.
- Ants form colonies headed by a queen and her workers. They develop quickly into large nests formed along the openings and crevices of a property.
- Some queen ants can live for years and produce literally millions of offspring.
- Ants leave pheromone trails when foraging for food which allows them to keep track of where they have been and ensures that they do not waste time searching the same area.
- An Ant can lift 20 times its own body weight making it a very persistent and determined pest.
- When the queen dies a colony does not normally survive. Worker ants cannot reproduce.