Houston House Ant Control
Ants are everywhere in Houston. Whether they're coming into your kitchen or building nests in your walls, there are tons of ways ants can invade your home. But knowing which species of ant you're dealing with can be the key to getting rid of them.
Ant control techniques that are effective on one species will be useless on another. Some ants will respond to baits and traps, some will completely ignore them. Some ants can be effectively treated by creating a barrier around the home. Some ants will need to have the entire colony and the queen destroyed before they're gone for good.
At Bulls Eye Pest and Termite Control, we know our ants. We know the different species of ants that live in Houston and we know what gets rid of them.
If you have any ant problems in Houston, give Bulls Eye Pest and Termite Control a call at 713-722-PEST. We'll make sure we use the right treatment for the right ant, and help you get rid of your ant problem for good.
Common Types of Ants in Houston
There are dozens of species of ants in Houston. Knowing about some of the most common home-invading ants can help you know where to look for the source of the infestation, and what treatments these ants might need.
- Acrobat Ants are a brownish color with a heart-shaped abdomen. These ants will nest in sheltered places and particularly like rotting wood and dead tree limbs. When they infest houses, they prefer to nest around door and window frames. Acrobat ants don't bite, but they can be a nuisance. They usually don't respond to ant bait or traps.
- Argentine Ants are small, dark brown ants that are very common household pests. Argentine ants will feed on sugary foods and can invade kitchens, cabinets, and pantries in massive numbers when foraging.
- Bigheaded Ants are a dark brown to black in color and easily identifiable by their heads which appear to be proportionally large for their bodies. Bigheaded ants don't bite, but they will infest a home in search of food, mostly high-protein foods such as cheese or peanut butter.
- Ghost Ants are easily recognized from their transparent-looking bodies capped with dark heads. Ghost ants will build colonies inside human homes if they can find an available source of sugary foods. They can be a nuisance pest and can be difficult to control with baits or traps.
- Little Black Ants are, as their name suggests, little and black. They're native to Texas, and they're voracious scavengers, eating pretty much anything and everything.
- Odorous House Ants, also known as stink ants, or coconut ants are small, resilient, brownish-black ants that get their name from the turpentine-like smell they emit when they are crushed. Odorous house ants are omnivorous scavengers inside the home, eating almost any kind of food they can get access to.
- Pharaoh ants or sugar ants are one of the most common ant pests in Houston. The name describes several closely-related species of ants that commonly come indoors. All of these ants are very small and have a body color that ranges from a light, tawny yellow to a dark reddish brown. They like to build their nests near readily available food supplies and are often found near kitchens.
- Pyramid ants are small, dark brown ants that prefer to build their nests in sandy soil. The entrance to the underground colony fors a small, pyramid-shaped mound on the surface. Pyramid ants will eat sugary foods and will often be seen foraging in kitchen cabinets or pantries. Baits can occasionally be effective when treating for pyramid ants, but a thorough solution usually requires spraying insecticides deep into the nest.
- Small Honey Ants are smallish ants, golden-yellow in color, with smooth shiny bodies. They can pose a significant problem when they move indoors. Honey ants will eat sugar and starchy foods, and they also contaminate the foods they consume with their droppings.
- Thief ants or grease ants are very small ants that are a light, yellowish-brown in color. Thief ants get their name from their habit of nesting near larger ant colonies and stealing food from those colonies. When they move indoors, they will feed on grease, meat, and packaged foods.
- White-footed ants are large ants with black bodies and distinctive pale yellow or white markings on their legs. White-footed ants are tree-dwelling ants that will also set up nests inside the higher sections of human homes. They can commonly be found infesting attic walls and under roofs. Keeping tree limbs trimmed away from houses can significantly reduce the risk of an infestation.
Effective Ant Control for All of Houston
Whatever kind of ants you're dealing with in Houston, Bulls Eye Pest and Termite Control can help. We offer effective, targeted ant control solutions that will be effective for the species that you're dealing with. At Bulls Eye, we know our ants and we know how to keep them out of your house. If you have an ant problem, give us a call at 713-222-PEST.