Ants are frustrating pests that are practically unavoidable during the summertime. Every year you can expect to find them building mounds in your yard, crawling around on your driveway, and exploring the inside your home in search of food. That's what ants do. But, whether they get into your home or create mounds in your yard, ants can be much more than just a harmless nuisance!
We have several ant pests in Spring Hill, each of which can present different issues when they invade your yard or find their way into your home. Here are some common issues caused by ants, and which ants you can expect to cause them:
Some ants species establish their nests in wood and can damage your home and property. In this category, there is only one ant: the carpenter ant. If you're finding carpenter ants around your the perimeter of your home’s foundation, it is important to address them immediately as they can cause costly damages to the wood of your home. In fact, carpenter ants cost U.S. property owners hundreds of millions of dollars annually!
Some ants present health threats by contaminating food sources. Though any ant species can fall into this category, the ant that is notorious for spreading illnesses to people is the pharaoh ant. These ants are linked to the spread of salmonella, Clostridium, Staphylococcus, and streptococcus.
Some ants leave itchy red welts on your skin. When it comes to a biting hazard or more accurately, a stinging hazard, no ant can compete with the fire ant. These ants have a stinger on their abdomens that can inflict an irritating and painful welt. Fire ant stings can also cause a serious reaction in individuals are allergic to their venom.
Some ants can invade electrical equipment and cause that equipment to malfunction. Once again, the fire ant is the ant to watch out for. When fire ants get inside a lawn mower or a tractor, they have the potential to ruin them. In addition, when these ants infest a home, they can chew through electrical wires and insulation.
As you can see, ants are more than just a nuisance; they can cause serious problems, spread disease, and even damage your home! To solve a serious problem, you need a serious solution. At All-American Pest Control, we use trusted and established pest control protocols to address pest problems at their source. Reach out to us to learn about our Perimeter PLUS program and our Stinging & Biting Insect Yard Treatments. We'll help you get those ants under control, and assist you with 47 other pests that plague our Spring Hill yards and homes. It all begins with a FREE home evaluation!