Miss Phoebe's knows exactly how frustrating and troublesome ants inside
of your home or business can be. No one wants to see ants crawling across
their kitchen counters or trailing on their doors. Not only are ants unsightly
and unsanitary, some ants even deliver painful bites or stings. Our professionally
trained Dallas ant exterminators can help you.
Dallas ant infestations are unfortunately quite common and be difficult
to get rid of. Our licensed pest control technicians are trained in ant
biology and control. With over six decades of experience, Miss Phoebe's
can give you expert service with quick results at an affordable price.
Whether you are in a local home, business, medical office, or public building,
know that we are ready and able to answer your call to help exterminate
ants quickly and effectively!
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Tips to Control Ants
It is important to note that different ant infestations require different
treatment methods and actions. It is also important to know that all Dallas
ant exterminators are not the same. Trust in Miss Phoebe's –
we have over six decades of experience.
Some things that you can do to help control ants in general include:
Ensuring garbage and any food waste is disposed of consistently
Cutting tree limbs so that they do not touch the roofline
Pest proofing entry points
Keeping your home or business as clean as possible
Wiping up spills
Putting food away immediately in sealed containers
While cleanliness and pests do not always go hand and hand, it always a
good idea to practice good sanitation when it comes to controlling ants.
See below for more information about ants and control methods for some
of the most difficult ants to control in your home or business!
Ants in Texas
Most ants in the Dallas Fort Worth area prefer the great outdoors rather
than hanging out inside your home or business, but occasionally the hunt
for food can lead them into your home or business.
Here are some of the most common ants you will see in the Dallas Fort Worth
Carpenter ants typically nest outdoors in stumps and logs that are in contact
with the soil as well as dead tree limbs and cavities. Sometimes carpenter
ants will make their nest in homes, especially in wood damaged areas of
the structures by termites, fungi, and/or moisture. While carpenter ants
do not eat wood, the galleries they excavate can be quite extensive.
Control Tips for Carpenter Ants:
Successfully controlling carpenter ants requires certain skills, knowledge,
and experience. Carpenter ant control involves tracking down and treating
as many satellite colonies as possible inside and outside of the home
as well as attempting to find and treat the parent colony.
Accessing the parent colony may be difficult because it might be located
high in a tree or on a neighboring property. In such cases, your service
professional may use carpenter ant baits, but these may have varying results
because of the carpenter ants' finicky feeding habits
If conditions on your property (such as many trees) create a high risk
for re-infestation, your service professional may recommend regular pest
management services to help prevent future infestations.
Odorous House Ants
Odorous house ants are small ants, at about 1/8th inch long, and are dark
brown in color. Their name comes from the foul odor of rotten coconuts
that is given off when the worker ants are crushed.
Odorous house ants regularly forage for food along well-traveled trails.
They feed on dead insects, sweets, and meats.
Control Tips for Odorous House Ants:
Eliminate piles of lumber, bricks, or other debris that could serve as
a nesting site for ants.
Keep landscape mulch less than 2 inches thick and at least 12 inches away
Ensure the sprinkler system does not spray directly onto the foundation.
Seal as many cracks in the home's exterior as possible.
Keep tree and shrub branches trimmed to prevent them from touching the building.
Pharaoh ants are small red to yellowish ants that can nest in wall voids,
cabinets, boxes of food, and any other accessible crevices and spaces.
They are even known to invade sick rooms and feed on blood plasma and
Acrobat ants get their name because of the way the worker ants carry their
abdomens above the rest of the body as if they were performing a balancing
act. Acrobat ants are slightly longer than 1/8th inch. They vary in color
from yellowish-brown to dark brown, and the heart-shaped abdomen is usually
darker than the rest of the body. When acrobat ants nest indoors, they
are usually inside wood or cavities kept moist with water from leaks.
As they excavate the large galleries used as nest sites, sawdust may be
deposited near the nest area.
Thief ants Tare so tiny they can sometimes go undetected for weeks. They
earn their title by feeding off the larvae of other ant species. Commonly
seen around the kitchen sink or pantry, they go for cheeses, greasy foods,
meats, and sometimes sweets.
Among the many species who like honey, syrups, and jellies, Argentine ants
are also meat-eaters, and they can severely damage orchard crops. Indoors,
you can find these ants crawling around electrical outlets, kitchen counters,
and on bathroom ceilings at any time of the year.
Red Imported Fire Ants
Usually a reddish-brown color, fire ants live in colonies of up to 200,000
individuals with mounds that can be 2 feet high and 3 feet across with
as many as 50 colonies per acre. Their painful, burning sting results
in pustules that take up to 10 days to heal. Some people are extremely
allergic to the sting, needing fast medical attention to deal with the toxin.