House Ants In Dallas Can Be A Huge Pain

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Who doesn't love summer? School is out, families have time to reconnect, and folks are getting together having fun outdoors. Bugs love it when we come outside, too, but ants actually want to get in. Read on to learn about how professional pest control in Dallas can help with your ant problem.

Gross! What Kind Of Ant Is This?

Here in Dallas, we deal with different types of ants. Some are a nuisance, while others are more dangerous. Below is a list of common area ants: 

  • Acrobat Ants: They reside in walls, in voids around doors, in window frames, and in insulation. They are distinct in the heart-shaped abdomen raised well above the main body and are light brown to black in color. 
  • Carpenter Ants: These ants build tunnels and nests inside of wood. They prefer to nest in a moist, humid environment, like Dallas. These large ants are most commonly black, though some variation exists. 
  • Little Black Ants: They are highly visible, particularly when they invade food cabinets and pantries. They like aphids and are shiny.
  • Odorous House Ants: Odorous house ants are highly adaptable and capable of establishing nests in diverse environments, from sandy beaches to open fields, woodlands, bogs, and homes. They emit a putrid smell if crushed.
  • Pharaoh ants: Also called sugar ants, these creatures prefer subtropical environments like the Texas climate. They have stingers but do not use them on humans. They can be yellow or rust-colored.

The team at Addison Pest Control wants to keep these little terrors out of your home in a safe way. We specialize in ant pest control for these ants as well as all other variations. 

The Problems Indoor Ants Can Cause In Your Home

Homes with moist or rotting wood are at risk for carpenter Ant invasions, while Odorous Ants will stink to the point of annoyance and can contaminate food. Pest control/ant treatment is an effective way to stop ants from eating you out of house and home. We will come and do a thorough inspection, create a plan for treatment, and follow up, satisfaction guaranteed.

The Best Ant Killer Options For DIY Pest Control 

If you're concerned about ants getting in your home, your best option is to practice preventative measures to keep them away. 

  • Keep counters crumb-free and wiped with no sticky, sweet residue. 
  • Dispose of trash in sealed containers outside the home. 
  • Replace rotting wood and protect any wood that routinely encounters moisture. 
  • Seal up any cracks and crevices your home may have, inadvertently inviting ants and others to drop in unexpectedly. 
  • Water and vinegar can be used as an organic ant control spray for both killing live ants and as a deterrent around the house where ants may try to sneak in; windowsills, doorways, etc. 
  • Just like vinegar, lemon juice also seems to destroy the scent trails that ants follow. Mix up a solution of one part lemon juice with three parts water, and use it as an all-purpose spray. 
  • Cinnamon is a great option for killing ants. When an ant inhales cinnamon, it suffocates and dies. 
  • Ants hate cayenne and black pepper. 
  • Mint is also a deterrent that can be planted around the perimeter of the home; ants hate peppermint!

Though DIY ant control may work for a small infestation, it likely will not solve a larger ant problem. In the end, it's best to partner with a professional pest control company to safely and effectively remove ants from your Dallas home

Let The Professionals Handle Ant Infestations For You

Ants that you can see are not the root of the problem; you need professionals to help you ensure complete removal. We have the utmost confidence in our ability to match a service plan to your needs. We offer pest control bundles to eliminate all unwanted pests from your home. To learn more about our one-time or proactive pest control plans, reach out to the experts at Addison Pest Control today!