4 Reasons to Consider Ant Control Around the House
Every day, homeowners awake to find a trail of tiny black ants winding its way onto their kitchen or bathroom sinks. Some may be repulsed by the sight, while others see it only as a minor inconvenience. Likewise, homeowners may also find large ant populations in their outdoor spaces. While ants may not be as disgusting as cockroaches or as potentially harmful as a wasp nest, their presence could lead to other issues.
They may damage your home.
One extreme risks with having a large ant colony near your home is the structural damage that can be caused by carpenter ants. These large black or bicolored ants remove wood from building materials in order to make their nests. They do not actually feed on the wood itself, but the removal of it can weaken structures leading to unsafe conditions and high repair costs.
They may increase pests and mold in the garden.
Ignoring ant pest control around the home can also affect outdoor and garden spaces. While ants themselves do not pose a risk to plant life, several other insect populations can be increased by their presence. First of all, ants are drawn to and feed on what is referred to as honeydew. This sap-like substance is created by insects such as aphids, brown lacewings, mites and whiteflies while also damaging the plants themselves and causing sooty mold. In turn, the presence of honeydew will attract more ants which will actually protect and harbor these various pests as a food source.
They may cause unpleasant odors.
Several species of ants can also cause ammonia-like odors in and around your home. Carpenter ants will emit a strong odor when disturbed and odorous house ants will excrete a strong, rotten smell when crushed. Even a clean home can be marred by these displeasing aromas and send the wrong message to guests.
They may be harmful to your health.
Many people are aware of the risks associated with fire ants and the painful sting they can cause, but many do not know that all varieties of these pests can cause other health problems as well. Ants of all species can carry bacteria including e. coli, staphylococcus, and salmonella. These bacteria are most often found in feces, so even if the inside of a home is clean, ants can carry them in from outside sources such as animal droppings.
WControlling ants around the home is important, even if the ants themselves are not likely to physically harm you. The few risks associated with large ant colonies may not seem like much, but keeping their populations at bay can reduce the amount of time, money and effort needed to maintain a safe and healthy environment for a family.
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