Why Are There Ants In My Marshall Home, And How Do I Get Them Out?

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When ants invade your home, they can cause serious problems, ranging from health issues to structural damage. These pests usually enter houses while searching for food, moisture, or shelter, and once they find a way in, it can be tough to get them out. This article will provide more information about these challenging insects and the best way to get them out and keep them away.

We'll start by describing the most common species that enter local homes to help you identify the ants you have and review the risks these pests pose. We'll also explain some factors and conditions that might attract ants to your home. Keep reading to learn more about achieving effective pest control services in Marshall with the pros from Gecko Pest Control.

How Can I Tell What Type Of Ant Has Invaded My Home?

The first step in pest control is correctly identifying the problem. Many species of ants look similar but vary according to what attracts them and the issues they can cause.

The following list describes the most common types of ants we find in local homes:

  • Fire ants are dark reddish brown with a stinger on the hind end. They are between 1/8 and 3/8 of an inch long.
  • Little black ants are usually jet black and around 1/16 of an inch long.
  • Carpenter ants are red, black, or a combination of the two colors and around 5/8 of an inch long.

If you have trouble identifying the species infesting your home or need assistance eliminating them, the pros at Gecko Pest Control are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our ant control services or to request a free quote.

Are Ants In The House A Big Deal?

Ants are such common pests that people often dismiss them as a nuisance and hope they will go away on their own. But an ant infestation in your house can cause significant problems. Most species that enter homes can make your family sick by contaminating surfaces with bacteria, and fire ants, in particular, are a risk due to their venomous stings, which can cause allergic reactions.

Carpenter ants pose a threat when they tunnel and nest in the wood in your house, which, over time, can reduce the structural integrity. No matter which species infest your home, the sooner you get them out, the better. Contact us today at Gecko Pest Control for help getting rid of ants and protecting your family and property.

What's Attracting Ants Into My House?

Prevention is the key to successful ant control for homeowners, but to keep them out, you need to know what attracts them in the first place.

Here are some of the most likely reasons ants are finding a way into your home:

  • Moisture issues like leaking pipes or water-damaged wood
  • Tree branches or bushes near the house 
  • Dirty dishes in the sink
  • Easy access to food or garbage
  • Cracks or gaps they can use to enter the house

If you have trouble determining what attracts ants to your home, the pros at Gecko Pest Control are here to help. Contact us today for assistance in getting rid of ants and preventing them from returning.

What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Ants?

The most effective way to eliminate ants for good is to collaborate with a local company specializing in ant control services in Marshall. Gecko Pest Control's services can help you have a safe, pest-free home again. Contact us today to request a free quote and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Marshall.

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