If there is any one insect that fits the description of “pest” most accurately, it is probably the ant. There is nothing more frustrating than finding they have invaded your kitchen or built a hill in your yard. Even though they are annoying, they are not dangerous–are they? Well, actually they can be. There are several things you should keep in mind about ants to make sure this pest does not endanger you or your family.

  • Carpenter Ants Can Cause Structural Damage – The Carpenter ant is one of the common ant types in California. The most significant risk these ants pose is to the structure of a building–they can cause severe damage, potentially costing you in repairs or even making a home structurally unsound and dangerous. If you suspect you may have a carpenter ant infestation, it is vital to enlist ant control services as soon as possible. Then, you can begin addressing the damage that has occurred to the structure itself.
  • The Invasive Argentine Ant – Though they seldom sting or bite, the Argentine Ant is causing big problems for California residents. The Argentine ant is a non-native species that have moved into the state and flourished. The problem with their growth is that they have displaced other ant species and risk changing the ecosystem on a significant level–something that is seldom good for anyone. In addition, they have been known to bite on occasion, so getting them out of your home and off your property quickly is always a good idea.
  • Stinging – One of the most visible signs of a nuisance ant is stinging. There are several species of ant in California that pack quite a punch when it comes to their bite. The Harvester Ant, Black Ant, and Pharaoh Ant are all common sights in California. You will want to control these populations quickly to avoid having yourself, family or pets become victims of a painful and annoying ant bite.
  • Fire Ants – One of the best-known types of ant anywhere, and in California is no exception, is the Fire Ant. Unfortunately, they are known for one thing–their painful bite. In fact, in a large enough force, they pose a danger of death to a human, though usually a victim just has to deal with a painful, itchy bite mark. However, a more common threat that the fire ant poses is that they can damage crops and destroy a yard. Defeating fire ants takes hard-core ant control measures This isn’t a job you want to tackle yourself.

Ants can be a challenge to get rid of in a home or office. No matter what type of pest problem you’re facing, it helps to have experts on your side. For the very best in pest control services in California, contact us by phone or online at American Rat Control. We are here to help rid your home or business of pests. You can always count on us to use safe, effective techniques to get the job done right.