Living in Southeast Texas, ants are a year round nuisance. They are one of the most successful groups of insects. Ants are social insects that live in colonies which are mostly located in the ground, but may forage into structures for shelter, food and moisture. Ants feed on most all kinds of food products but primarily feed on sweets and protein containing items. Approximate 700 species of ants live in the United States and Canada. Of these only 25 species readily infest structures. Accurate identification of certain species of ant is necessary in determining correct control method.
What do they look like?
Size: Ants are usually small. They can be as small as 1/8 of an inch or as large as ¾ of an inch.
Color: Ants can be yellowish, reddish, brown, black or multi-colored.
Shape: Body consists of three parts with a narrow waist.
Physical characteristics: Six legs, two antennae and big black eyes.
Where do they live? Ant nest can be found in hidden places indoors, in the dirt, under concrete slabs, in the yard, garden or trees.
How do they survive? Ants survive on the same stuff we eat and drink.
What can I do?
- Clean up spilled food and beverages
- Diligently take out the trash
- Rinse out jars and containers before placing them in trash cans and recycling bins
- Seal doors and windows
- Keep rain gutters clean to prevent moisture leaks inside walls
- Trim trees and shrubs next to your house to prevent ants from using them as “highways” into your home.