Why are ants a problem in your home

Why Stop the Invasion of Ants in Your Home?

Everyday many homeowners awake to find a trail of tiny black ants winding its way onto their kitchen or bathroom sinks. Some may be repulsed by the sight, while others see it only as a minor inconvenience. Likewise, homeowners may also find large ant populations in their outdoor spaces. While ants may not be as disgusting as cockroaches or as scary as a wasp nest, their presence could lead to other issues.

They may damage your home.

One risk is structural damage. Structural damage is often caused by carpenter ants. These large black or bicolored ants remove wood from building materials to make their nests. They do not actually feed on the wood itself. They remove the wood and this can weaken structures. Damage from carpenter ants can lead to unsafe conditions and high repair costs.

They may increase pests and mold in the garden.

Ignoring ant pest control around the home can also affect outdoor and garden spaces. Ants themselves do not pose a risk to plant life. However, their presence can increase several other insect populations.

First of all, ants are drawn to feed on what is referred to as honeydew. Honeydew is a sap-like substance created by insects. It is created by insects such as aphids, brown lacewings, mites, and whiteflies. The substance can damage plants and causing sooty mold. Also, the presence of honeydew will attract more ants. The ants will ten protect and harbor these various pests as a food source.

They may cause unpleasant odors.

Several species of ants can also cause ammonia-like odors in and around your home. Carpenter ants will emit a strong odor when disturbed. Odorous house ants will excrete a strong, rotten smell when crushed. Ants are not exclusive to messy or dirty homes.

They may be harmful to your health.

Many people are aware of the risks associated with fire ants. Their painful sting is infamous. But, many do not know that all varieties of these pests can cause other health problems as well.

Ants of all species can carry bacteria including E. Coli, Staphylococcus, and Salmonella. These bacteria are most often found in feces. Even if the inside of a home is clean, ants can carry them in from outside sources such as animal droppings.

Contact an Ant Control Specialist

Controlling ants around the home is important. Even if the ants themselves are not likely to physically harm you, they can cause other damage.

The few risks associated with large ant colonies may not seem like much, but they do have risks. Keeping their populations at bay can reduce the amount of time, money, and effort needed to maintain a safe and healthy home.

We’re here for you. Contact a Killroy Pest Control Specialist, call us now to get started.

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