Dangers Ants Bring To Hickory County Residents

July 6, 2018

Ants seem to be everywhere these days, especially during the summer months when their populations are thriving. These pests can easily ruin any outdoor activities; while everyone else is outdoors enjoying the sunshine, having barbeques, and playing in their backyards, you may be battling against pesky and dangerous ants. If you are dealing with an ant infestation this season, don’t worry; there is professional help just around the corner! The professionals at A-1 Pest Control are ready to help you eliminate any ant problems that you are experiencing in and around your Hickory County home.

carpenter ant in water damaged wood

The most common ants in the state of North Carolina are acrobat ants, Argentine ants, big-headed ants, carpenter ants, fire ants, ghost ants, little black ants, odorous house ants, pavement ants, and pharaoh ants. There are many different varieties of ants, most of which are just nuisance pests, but a few of them have the potential to be dangerous. Ants also have the potential to contaminate food sources if they find their way indoors. In any case, an ant infestation should be taken care of right away to avoid a more serious problem in the future.

Odorous ants and ghost ants tend to give off a foul rotten coconut odor when they are crushed, which is very unpleasant. Fire ants are very aggressive and will attack in large numbers and sting their victim over and over again, injecting them with venom; these stings can be painful for a long period of time. Some ant bites, especially fire ant bites, can cause a serious allergic reaction in some people, especially in children and the elderly. Big-headed ants are used as transitional hosts for tapeworms, and pharaoh ants can transfer salmonella and streptococcus bacteria, which most commonly occurs in hospitals. Lastly, carpenter ants are wood-destroying ants that excavate through the wood inside homes to build tunnels and nests for their colonies; their tunneling can affect the structural integrity of a home, as well as damage furniture, walls, ceilings, and much more.

The experienced technicians at A-1 Pest Control can eliminate both nuisance and dangerous ants; we have the tools and the knowledge to get the job done! We offer effective ant solutions for Hickory County, North Carolina residents to help them eliminate these pests. The most effective way to prevent ants and other pests from invading your property is by implementing one of our year-round pest control programs. Don’t let ant problems ruin your summer; give us a call today for more information about our professional pest control options.

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