Have You Noticed Ants Crawling on Your Kitchen Counter Top?

Ants can enter your home or business through the tiniest of cracks.

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Ants can be annoying, and can be difficult to control. If you have an ant infestation, there are certain things you should know about ants’ behavior so that you know what you are dealing with.

About Ants

Ants can enter your home through the tiniest of cracks, searching for food and water in the kitchen and storeroom areas. They leave an invisible chemical trail for others to follow once they find a find source inside your home.

These tiny pests can nest anywhere in and around your house, in walls, lawns or under foundations. Ants live in huge colonies which can number up to 300,000 to 500,000. The most amazing thing about them is that they can quickly relocate to a new place when they feel threatened. The lifespan of a worker ant is about seven years, and the queen ant may live up to 15 years.

If you come across ants in your kitchen pantry or store room, your initial thought may be to try out DIY ant control methods. However, these home remedies typically do not work, because different types of infestations require different treatments. Therefore, it is best to speak with a pest control professional for help determining the best way to get rid of your ant problem.

Do Ants Carry and Spread Diseases?

Ants are not as dangerous as mosquitoes and some other insects, but they can carry and transmit some fungal and bacterial organisms that can cause serious diseases.

Pharaoh ants found within food and medical treatment facilities are known to transmit harmful organisms such as Staphylococcus, Salmonella, Streptococcus and Clostrdium.

Bites and Stings

Ant bites and stings can cause serious symptoms and illnesses associated with allergic reactions. Those hypersensitive to ant venom may develop serious symptoms. Fire ants are known to cause most trouble, especially among children. In some cases, hypersensitivity to ant venom can cause serious and even life threatening conditions. Ant stings can create lesions and cause severe pain, itching, swelling and possibly anaphylaxis.

Secondary infections to ant bites and stings can also occur when if the affected area is not kept clean and disinfected.

Food Borne Disease Organisms

Ants can also transmit food borne disease organisms such as E coli, Salmonella and Shigella. When it comes to an ant infestation, a typical business manager or homeowner does not usually thing much about the possibility of disease transmission. However, it is important to note that ants can and do travel to some less hygienic places in search of food and water, and in the process, they can carry and transmit some harmful organisms. It is not wise to think of ants as a mere nuisance. They can cause some potentially serious infections and health conditions.

Speak With a Pest Control Expert

Give B & D Pest Soluions LLC a call 24/7 if you are having a problem with ants in your home or business. Call (855) 682-2855.

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