Pee-Yew! Attack of the Odorous House Ants
One good thing about odorous house ants is that they don’t bite. However, if you find a nest of them in your house, you should kill them, as they can contaminate your food. When you squish them, you might smell rotten coconut, bleu cheese or another smell.
When you see signs of carpenter ants and signs of termites – both which tend to show up in the spring and summer – you most likely already have an infestation. You can learn to see the signs of termites vs carpenter ants, though both are usually destructive. You can discourage both if you make sure you pick up any food, keep stored food sealed tightly, and have Clint Miller Exterminating spray your home on a regular basis.
Of all the insects you might find making a home in your yard, fire ants are perhaps the most alarming. They create extensive, complex tunnel networks underground, damaging your lawn and garden, and react aggressively when disturbed, biting and stinging people, children, and pets (and fire ant bites don't feel good). If you've done a quick search for "fire ants in my home" and haven't found what you're looking for, we can help. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to identify fire ants, natural home remedies for getting rid of fire ants, and options if you’d prefer to hire a professional fire ant exterminator to tackle the problem.
Ants are known to show up in the summer months causing all sorts of problems. While there are some that are harmless, getting rid of them should be a priority. One of the first lines of defense is to make sure you aren’t welcoming them in. One of the best ways to prevent ants in the kitchen is by keeping food tightly sealed and out of the way. Using pest control services on a regular basis can also help deter ants from finding your kitchen and setting up shop.
There are a few types of fire ants that you may encounter either in your home or on your travels. But regardless of which kind you come across, all fire ants have the ability to sting if they feel threatened. Ensure your family and property are protected from these menacing pests, with our home pest control tips and tricks.
There are a few types of fire ants that you may encounter either in your home or on your travels. But regardless of which kind you come across, all fire ants have the ability to sting if they feel threatened. (While stings may look like bites, they are technically the product of the fire ant's stinger). A fire ant sting can be intensely painful, especially if it occurs on a sensitive area of the body. They can even be life-threatening, as some people are allergic to the venom the ant produces. Learn more about what to do if you're unlucky enough to be bitten.
Fire Ant Control
There are different species of fire ants in the US. Species include the red imported fire ant, the native fire ant, the black imported fire ant and the southern fire ant. It’s important to distinguish the species, so proper control measures can be taken. Fire ants are distinguishable with their copper brown head and body with a darker abdomen. Fire ants don’t bite; they sting. And it’s a painful one. A sting often results in a raised welt that develops into a white pustule. If fire ants get into your home, they can become an issue.
Odorous house ants, or Tapinoma sessile, is a native ant and is found in most of the United States. They’ll eat just about anything in your house but prefer foods high in sugar. Outside, they like the honeydew that is produced by aphids and nectar from buds and flowers.
Carpenter ants identification is easy — in addition to seeing the swarmers and the workers, you might see sawdust that looks more like wood shavings near their tunnels. The tunnels are called gallery walls, and they are smooth tunnels in the wood that look like they were sandpapered. You may also see ant body parts and pieces of insulation in the sawdust.
In most cases, you won’t need medical treatment for fire ant bites, though some people could go into anaphylactic shock if they have severe allergies. If you are not allergic to fire ants, you could use home remedies for fire ant bites treatment, including applying cold compresses, using hydrocortisone cream, taking an antihistamine, using a triple antibiotic or even taking an oatmeal bath to reduce itching.