Are you struggling to eradicate ants from your home? Although seeing swarms of ants parading through your kitchen and bathroom can be annoying, you may have much bigger problems to deal with soon. Some species of ants are more than just a nuisance. For instance, carpenter ants can damage the wooden components of your home.
If ants are invading your home, you need to identify them quickly. If one of the following species invades your home and doesn't go away, you may need to hire a pest control service before the ants cause costly damage.
1. Carpenter ants
Carpenter ants top this list because they can damage the wood throughout your home. Unlike termites, which eat wood, carpenter ants chew through moist wood before discarding it to create galleries inside for their nest. Carpenter ants favor moist wood since it is soft.
Carpenter ants usually start an infestation in a home by attacking window frames and door frames that might have suffered water damage. However, once they begin to spread into a home, they may then damage floor supports and other important structures inside a home.
If you see carpenter ants inside your home, call a pest control service. Carpenter ants rarely enter homes unless they have a nest somewhere inside, which means you need a pest control service to eradicate them as soon as possible.
2. Fire ants
Fire ants have become a menace in Australia since they were first discovered in Brisbane in 2001. Fire ants can pose a risk to your property because when their nests are present in large numbers, they can begin to affect the structural foundation of decks and patios. Fire ant nests are hard to spot because this species often builds in the shade of decks and other structures in a yard.
And fire ants also have a painful sting, which can be dangerous to small animals and children, and especially to anybody that is allergic to fire ant stings.
If you see fire ants entering your home to feed, your yard or home could be infested. Hire a pest control service to find and remove fire ant nests before they damage your home.
3. Sugar ants
Sugar ants don't often nest inside houses, but when they do, they can cause structural damage. Not only that, but sugar ants can chew through cardboard to get to food if they must. These ants are nocturnal, so they can infest and contaminate food while you sleep.
If you sugar ants are invading your home, consider hiring a pest control service to remove them before they infest the food stores in your kitchen. For more information, contact a company like Morison Pest Management.