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ant-invasion-tonsEver wake up in the morning and walk into the kitchen to get your coffee brewing only to be greeted by the sight of ants crossing your path? Although ants don’t carry disease like rats or suck your blood like bed bugs, they can still be a troubling pest. Let’s take a look at why pest control is essential when you have ants in your home.

Invading ants create an unsightly nuisance


This is probably enough for most homeowners. After all, no one wants to have insects running around their home’s kitchen, bathroom, or any other room they might get into. A wide variety of ants will get into your kitchen through a hole in the wall or any small opening that provides it with access. These ants aren’t looking at your home as a place to call home. They’re simply there to find food and take it back to their brethren, which is one reason why homeowners exercise pest control techniques to keep ants away. Whether you opt for insect sprays or poisonous bait that they carry into their ant hill, the goal is to remove them from your home.


Bites can be painful


Getting bitten by ants is a common occurrence. If you get too close, the smaller ants will crawl on your feet or up your legs, where they will bite you if you move around too much, because their fear response kicks in. For children, this can hurt, but it’s not too bad. However, there are also bigger ants that you must content with. If you’ve ever been bitten by a large red ant, we’re sure you can attest that it hurts quite a bit. The venom isn’t dangerous, but the location of the bite will throb for a while, though it can be relieved a bit by ice or soothing ointment. There is typically no medical danger, but if a child is bitten, you can definitely expect crying to occur.


Carpenter ants will damage your home 


Some homeowners fear that carpenter ants will eat your house for sustenance like termites are known to do. The good news is that this is not true. Carpenter ants, unlike termites, do not eat wood. The bad news, however, is that they will still damage your wood because they chew through it. Although structural damage can take a much longer time, the fact that carpenter ants burrow through wood rather than digesting it is of little concern if the end result is damage to your home. If left unchecked, carpenter ants cause a great deal of damage, both structurally and financially. In areas where carpenter ants are common, routine pest control is an important way to protect your home.



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