Ant Control & Extermination in Dallas Texas and the Surrounding Areas
Ants are the most frequent and persistent pests encountered around homes and buildings. Besides being a nuisance, ants contaminate food, build unsightly mounds on our property, and cause structural damage by hollowing out wood for nesting. Species such as fire ants inflict painful stings, which can be life-threatening to hypersensitive individuals.
To most homeowners, all ants look pretty much alike. In truth, dozens of different species occur around homes and buildings, each having unique characteristics which may influence the method of control. In Texas the most common house-invading ants include pavement ants, carpenter ants, acrobat ants, pharaoh ants, and odorous house ants. The latter species has become a particular nuisance in recent years. Knowing which ant(s) you have often requires the help of an entomologist or knowledgeable pest control professionals. Collecting a few of the non-winged worker ants in a plastic bag or vial will help with subsequent identification.
Dealing with ants can be very frustrating. Ants have an excellent since of smell and can sense the presence of pesticide. They just simply avoid it till it goes away or move over a few feet from where you treated. Spraying the ants you see is no different then stepping on a few in your driveway and thinking you took care of your problem.
There are several species of ants in Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex that are even difficult for professional pest control companies to control. Argentine ants, odorous house ants and harvester ants can be very difficult to deal with. In most cases these ants require restricted use products to gain control. It is vital to identify the type of ants that are causing your problem in order to know how to get rid of them. Baits can be very effective on some ants (like fire ants) and worthless on others. Let Markle Termite & Pest Management identify your problem. We can set up a program that will be specific to your ant infestation and get results. Fill out the form on the right or call us. You can even take a picture of the ants and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our senior technicians will attempt to identify them and get back with you to let know what type of ant you are dealing with and the best course of action to eliminate your ant problem.
The most common ants in the Dallas / Ft. Worth Area are:
- Acrobat Ant
- Argentine Ant
- Carpenter Ant
- Fire Ant
- Odorous House Ant
- Pavement Ant
- Pharaoh Ant
- Rover Ant
Ants are social insects which live together in cooperative, intermingling colonies. The colonies may range in size from hundreds to millions of individuals, depending on the species. Within each colony are different types of individuals, each with a specific function. All ant colonies contain one or more queens, whose primary role is to lay eggs. The eggs hatch into white, grub like larvae that later transform into adult “worker” ants. The workers feed and care for the queens and developing brood, and are the ones seen foraging for food and water, often at great distances from the colony. Ants lay down invisible odor trails, which the workers follow between food and the nest. In many species, the trail of ants is distinct enough to be followed back to the nesting location, or to where the ants are entering from outdoors.
At certain times of the year, ant colonies produce large numbers of winged individuals known as swarmers. These winged ants emerge from the nest to mate and establish new colonies. When a swarm of ants emerges inside a home, it’s an indication that a nest is present within the structure. Fortunately, the success rate for swarmers establishing new colonies inside buildings is low. Nonetheless, an exodus of winged ants emerging indoors can be disturbing and often mistaken for termites.
Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Ants are better at hiding than you are at finding them, and their eggs are naturally protected from many over-the-counter insecticides. Without the proper pesticide, special equipment, materials and know-how, ant control can be a losing battle.
For more than 40 years we have proudly delivered safe and effective ant control and treatment to the residents of Dallas, Texas and the surrounding Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex areas with a 100% Peace Of Mind Guarantee.
Markle Termite & Pest Mangement can eliminate all species of ants in almost any situation. Don’t make the mistake of trying to tackle Ants on your own! Our trained licensed technicians are just a phone call or click away. Give us a call at 972-279-1448 or fill in the Request For Service on the right.