Dangers Ants Pose To Your Home And Health

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Ants are one of the most commonly found pests in homes. Although  they do not pose direct health risks for humans, they can contaminate food, leading to the transmission of diseases. There are several types of ants that create colonies and that are mostly seen in kitchens, bathrooms, and also found outdoors on your walkway and driveway and in your yard. While ants are tolerable outdoors, they can become a major problem when they start invading your home, feeding on your food, and even affecting your health.

You should know some facts about ants to understand the threat they pose and the significance of preventing and controlling an ant infestation.

Types Of Ants

  • Carpenter ants are wood-destroying ants that tend to live in rotting or damaged wood.
  • Red imported fire ants are known for their painful sting and construct large mounds for nests. Pavement ants are small, black or brown creatures, capable of major infestation, and generally make their nests in cracks and grooves in pavements. Pharaoh ants can transmit staphylococcus and pseudomonas infections. They are commonly found in restaurants, nursing homes, hospitals, and apartment buildings.

Do Ants Carry Any Diseases?

The major concern with ants within your residence is the impending diseases they carry. Since they live on the ground or in pipes indoors, ants carry germs and bacteria that is easily transmittable. For instance, sugar ants are attracted to sugary foods and there is a high chance that you can get salmonella by eating foods that these ants have come in contact with. Almost every type of ant is capable of stinging, using their mandibles and mouths to bite, specifically if they feel threatened. These bites can cause discomfort and pain, leaving the skin irritated or even infected. Fire ants can even cause life-threatening issues as their stings inject venom.

Ant Extermination In San Antonio

You need to think proactively about taking ant prevention measures and choose the best professional ant control services. Accurate Pest Control has an end-to-end ant treatment program for ant pest control in San Antonio to help you get rid of ant infestations on your property. Our professionals conduct a thorough investigation for identifying the specific ant species as there are more than 12,000 species that exist across the globe. After finding out the type of species, our ant extermination team devises a suitable strategy for their eradication.

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