The warm southern climate we enjoy here in the southwest attracts a few unwanted pests. Most notably, ants. While a variety of pests enjoy the warmer weather, ants are particularly attracted to higher temperatures. Although some ants are more of a nuisance than a serious threat, other species have bites that can seriously harm both pets and humans. This is why it is important to quickly identify and eliminate an ant infestation in or around your home or business. To give you a better idea of what you should be looking out for, we’ve created a list of the most common southwest ants below.
Red Imported Fire Ants
This is one of the most common ant species in the southwest. These ants can be identified by their reddish-brown coloration and the variability in size of their workers. These ants are typically characterized by their aggressive response to nest disturbance and painful stings. While fire ants almost always nest outdoors, they do enter buildings in search of food and water.
These ants are generally larger. Their coloration can be solid black, brown or a combination of the two. They do not sting but can bite if aggravated. Like fire ants, the size of their workers varies.
Odorous House Ants
This is a highly common species of ant that is characterized by the licorice-like smell it emits when crushed. These ants are typically medium-sized and are attracted to sweet foods and drinks. While they are most often found on the outside of a structure, their nests can also be found in bricks and wall voids.
These are only some of the most common of the many ant species that can be found throughout the state of Texas. If you are experiencing an ant infestation in or around your structure, contact us at 505-404-1440 for more information on our safe and effective ant control services.