What do you feel when you look at an ant? We have noticed that ants do not elicit the same fear that other pests like wasps and cockroaches do. Besides, ants aren’t dangerous. Right? Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some species in our area pose a serious risk to human health. Today we will be talking about one type of ant that can get people sick here in Spring Branch; the pharaoh ant. Here is everything you should know about these pests and how to get and keep them out of your home.
Where Do Pharaoh Ants Get Their Name?
Pharaoh ants are known for a few different things, one of which is their odd name. Thought to have originated in Africa, some believe these pests were involved in the plagues of ancient Egypt. There is, of course, no way to know if this is true or not. What we do know is that pharaoh ants are annoying, dangerous, and certainly capable of causing serious problems.
Are Pharaoh Ants Dangerous?
Most ants that live here in Spring Branch are just annoying and pose no threat to human health. Pharaoh ants are a bit different. These pests regularly crawl through trash, refuge, and other dirty things, leaving them teeming with disease-causing organisms. Two common diseases people contract when pharaoh ants get indoors include salmonellosis and staphylococcus. If pharaoh ants in Spring Branch are causing trouble inside your home, clean surfaces more often, avoid any possible contaminated food and seek professional help to get them out fast.
How To Tell If Pharaoh Ants Are On Your Property
Something you might be wondering is, “What do Pharaoh ants look like?” To start, the pharaoh ant is smaller than most area ants and only grows to be about 1/16 of an inch long. It is usually pale yellow and has a darker-colored abdomen. Colonies of pharaoh ants are generally large and number in the tens of thousands. It is not uncommon for these pests to establish several colonies in an area in a process called budding. Where do pharaoh ants live? You are most likely to find these pests nesting in anthills outdoors, inside wall voids and other secluded spaces, and within mechanical or electrical equipment.
What Attracts Pharaoh Ants?
Pharaoh ants in Spring Branch are drawn to homes by a few different things. First, these pests invade to find food and moisture. They are constantly looking for new scavenging grounds and will happily build close to or inside your home if your interior spaces provide good opportunities. If the weather is cold, hot, or otherwise unfavorable outdoors, pharaoh ants look to nearby structures for shelter. Some homeowners experience winter-long infestations of pharaoh ants from having these pests take up residence inside their walls.
How To Keep Pharaoh Ants Away From Your Yard
The last thing you need is pharaoh ants living in or around your Spring Branch home. To deal with a current infestation or establish a defensive perimeter to keep your living areas safe, let the experts at Hill Country Pest Solutions provide you with home pest control you can rely on. We will take care of any current pharaoh ants in your home and install an invisible treatment barrier to keep future invasive pests out. All you need to do is let one of our team members visit your home.
Call today to schedule an appointment for your home and property and learn why Hill Country Pest Solutions is your best option for pest control in Spring Branch.