Ants Can Harm People & Property
Ants may seem completely harmless if only that were true. The facts are that ants can harm people with bites, cause damage to your property, and can spread illness.
- Ants may carry dangerous pathogens, bacteria, and fungi. That means if you see them in your home, you may very well have a contamination issue that’s making you sick.
- Some ant species burrow into wood, meaning they are eating away at the load-bearing beams that hold up your home.
- Ants can bite, and those people who are allergic to bee stings are often also allergic to ant bites. Certain species of ants, such as fire ants, are notorious for the pain of a single bite.
Ants Are Tough
While a single ant doesn’t pose a serious risk, colonies are resistant to being exterminated. When you see ants around your garbage cans, food let out, or in your bathroom, there are possibly thousands of ants you cannot see.
Ants need only the smallest of cracks around windows, doors, or cracks in the surfaces of your home or business to find a way in. From noticing just a handful of ants one day, their colonies can grow by hundreds a day.
Common Ants in Independence
Common ants around our home and jobs are the sugar ant and odorous ant. These types of ants can mean a difficult infestation for a DIY exterminator to handle. Sugar ant queens often survive attempts to use store-bought pesticides, so getting rid of them can be a challenge. Odorous ant colonies can also grow at an incredible rate and are named after the faint smell of rotting coconut if crushed.