Ant Control & Prevention

Information About Ants

Ant Control & PreventionAnts are becoming one of the most common pests to infest homes and yards across North Texas. They can be very hard to control and prevent, which makes them unique to other types of bugs or pests we see in our area.

While common baits and granules found at your local hardware or supply store may provide a temporary band-aid, it will not serve or protect you for long periods of time – the ants will keep coming back. Our pest experts have knowledge of all ants and their behaviors, which allows us to create a sustainable solution to kill ants in your home and yard, keeping them away for good!


How To Identify Ants

Not sure how to identify which types of ants are infesting your home or property? Did you know that there are more than 700 different ant species in the United States? Figuring out which type of ants are invading your home or yard can be difficult, and sometimes impossible, without experience and knowledge of these invasive pests. Our pest experts begin by looking for ant trails. Ants typically never travel alone; they hunt and work as a colony along trails and paths that are established by crews of ants. Think of it like an ant highway. Ants have various behaviors depending on the species. Some are active only at night, while some are active during the day. Some nest in soil areas, while some prefer vegetation and trees. They each have unique patterns, which we will identify for you. Then, we will destroy their colonies, highways and nests, keeping your family and pets safe inside and outside your home.

Facts About Ants

Infestations and invasions typically happen quickly before you even notice. Maybe your ant problem is just an annoyance, or maybe they are completely taking over your property. These pests are incredibly smart, diligent and resilient when it comes to taking over, and they only continue to evolve.

Things to know about ants:

  • Ants are very hard to kill.
  • Ants farm aphids.
  • Many ants are new to the United States from foreign countries.
  • Ants live in very complex colonies.
  • There are more than 12,000 types of ants across 700 different species.
  • Ants are as old as the dinosaurs.
  • The largest ants can reach 2.4 inches long.
  • There are some 10 quadrillion ants on this planet – 10,000,000,000,000,000!

The species and type of ant determines their actual lifespan or lifecycle. While some male ants live on for a few weeks and will typically die after mating, worker ants usually live for several months building and protecting their colony or castle. Their activity can also depend on the species and climate. Where some ants stay active year-round, others may go dormant in cold months or cold areas.

What Ants Are Most Common In Texas?

As mentioned, there are more than 700 species of ants on this planet. In the wonderful state of Texas, we have a variety of these species that come from all over the world and are invading our homes, schools, businesses and anywhere they can find a home for their colonies. Below are the most common ants we find here in North Texas, each with their own unique habits and build.

Argentine Ant

Identity: Smaller of the ant species, typically 1/16 of an inch long. Can be many different shades of light to dark brown.

Facts: Argentine ants are a huge nuisance when searching for food inside and outside your home and can spread diseases due to their habit of creating ant highways through sewers and garbage.

Carpenter Ants

Identity: Larger of the ant species, typically ⅛ to ½ of an inch long. Black body with red legs and golden hairs.

Facts: These ants destroy wood and wood structures by forming their nests by carving galleries in wood, leaving an almost saw dust-like trail in their path. These ants are notorious for traveling through tree systems and entering your home through overlaying branches. Leaving these pests untreated can lead to catastrophic structural damage and costly repairs.

Crazy Ant

Identity: Small ant species, typically ⅛ of an inch long. Colors vary from reds to browns.

Facts: These ants hold true to their name – they act crazy. Their foraging patterns appear to be uncontrolled, abnormal and bizarre. You may even think they have terrible vision or have had way too much caffeine! These ants do not follow your typical trail or highway like most other ants, but rather move in a crazy pattern.

Pavement Ant

Identity: These ants range in size but are typically 1/16 to ⅛ of an inch long. Their bodies range from brown to blackish, but they have lighter colored legs and antennae.

Facts: These ants are a huge nuisance due to their habit of ravaging and searching for food. They are normally heavily populated and travel in cracks or breaks in concrete such as driveways, roads, sidewalks and around patios or pool decks.

Red Imported Fire Ant

Identity: These ants range in size from 1/16 to ¼ of an inch. Their bodies are shades of yellow, red and black.

Facts: These ants form large colonies in gardens, lawns, parks, fields and many other types of terrain. They are very versatile and can cause damage to structures, electrical equipment and even plants or vegetation. They are a threat to adults, kids and pets due to the red hive-like lesions that burn and itch from their painful bite. A large number of bites or stings can trigger toxic or even life-threatening allergic reactions.

Pharaoh Ant

Identity: Smaller of the ant species, typically 1/16 of an inch long. Light yellow to reddish bodies with black abdomens.

Facts: These ants are known to spread a variety of diseases due to contaminating food as they ravage through your kitchen seeking sustenance.

Other ant species in Texas:

  • Acrobat ant
  • Odorous ant
  • Rover ant
  • Leaf-cutting ant

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