Three of the Most Common Ants In Texas

Ants are one of the most common pests in Texas. Pest control companies are called every week to remove these tiny invaders, but there are some common types of harmful ants found in the state.

Most Common Types Of Ants In Texas

While there are about 250 different types of ants in Texas, three types are the most common and especially problematic. These include the carpenter ant, the fire ant and the leaf cutter ant. Carpenter ants are larger and have dull black or red bodies. Fire ants are also somewhat larger and have red bodies. Leaf cutter ants are distinguishable by the spiky spines on their bodies, and they are found in trees and bushes.

Risks Of An Infestation

Carpenter ants can destroy wood structures but not as quickly as termites destroy them. In addition to this, their bites can be very painful. Itching bites can lead to infection, which is more commonly seen in children. Fire ants also have very painful bites. Their bites leave pustules, which will itch and may become infected. Leaf cutter ants pose more risks to foliage. They can destroy entire landscapes and cause thousands of dollars in damage. Since the damage is gradual, it sometimes goes unnoticed until it is too late.

How To Get Rid Of Ants

It is best to avoid home removal methods for all of these types of ants. Sticky traps and sprays can cause more harm to pets and children than the little good they may do. When it comes to effectively removing ants and preventing future infestations, this is something that should only be trusted to a  professional. Professional exterminators can recommend pest management plans and have access to treatments that are not as harmful to pets and small children.