Ants on foodAre tiny ants, or maybe big ants, invading your home? It may seem like they’re everywhere but you can get rid of them and we’re here to help! Successfully treating household ants really depends on properly identifying the type of ant. We can usually help you confirm the type of ant intruder with a simple phone call to our office, or if it’s a trickier type — and you’re able to take a picture of one or two — you can either text a photo to our office number, 512-443-0123, or email it to us at aztecpest (at) gmail.com.

Ideally, get a photo of the ant on a light colored background. Keeping the phone as steady as possible is more important than getting it very close, though that can certainly help. But a blurry ant photo will just make it look like a brown piece of lint! It’ll be hard to identify other than describing it as a “fuzzy thing” on the counter.

Here are some of the ants that can be found indoors this time of year are:

  • Acrobat Ants
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Fire Ants
  • Sugar Ants
  • Pharaoh Ants
  • Rover Ants

“Sugar ants” is a bit of a catch-all phrase for any little black ant or brown ant, particularly in the kitchen. They are often seen around the sink going for water, or on countertops or pantries in a trail towards some sweets that were left out or spilled.

In addition to that brief list, there are dozens of ant varieties throughout Central Texas that can find their way onto and inside your property.

Regardless, the best advice is not to grab a consumer brand bug spray because unlike a cockroach or spider, ants live in massive colonies. So a spray may kill a few of the ants that you see, but the main source and colony will not be harmed. That’s why proper identification and treatment with a non “disruptive” spray or bait really helps. These products get taken back by the ants to the nest and then spread around, eliminating the source. So while blasting a few inside your house is probably very satisfying, the ants will likely get the last laugh. In fact, some species can “splinter” off into multiple nests in order to better survive that brief threat.

So make sure you really remove all the little annoyances, and give us a call at 512-443-0123 for an ant control quote or fill out our free quote form here.