How To Tell If The Ants Around Your Chattanooga Property Are Dangerous
February 15, 2022 - Ants
There are many ant species in Tennessee. How dangerous an ant can be will depend on what species of ant you're dealing with. Today, we're going to take a look at a few of the common ant species that get into Chattanooga homes and share with you some of the ways they might be dangerous.
- Fire Ants: It seems appropriate to begin with the ants that can pose a direct threat to your health. These ants are red in color and range in size from 1/16 to 3/16 of an inch in length. If you step on a fire ant mound, these ants are going to let you know it. They will swarm and attack. While we refer to them as bites, fire ants actually sting. When they sting, they inject venom that causes allergic reactions in some people. You may even be unaware of your allergy. Why? Because you're not born with an allergy. You become allergic. This happens when your body decides that a harmless substance is a danger to you, and it responds by producing symptoms that range from unpleasant to fatal.
While most people invest in fire ant control simply because they're tired of getting itchy bites from these pests, it is essential to understand the medical threat. Fire ants can present a serious danger to anyone who has developed an allergy. The worst-case scenario is a baby in a carrier set on the ground near a fire ant mound. The baby can't get away. And if the baby has an allergic reaction to the venom of the bites, the results can be dire.
- Pharaoh Ants: Here is a riddle for you: What is about 1/32 of an inch long, yellowish in color, and is considered the most medically significant ant in the United States? Yup. The pharaoh ant. This is because they're drawn to open wounds of livestock, pets, and wildlife. When they get into a medical care facility, they are a serious threat to patients. But they can also present a threat when they invade your home. Fortunately, they're just annoying guests most of the time. But keep in mind that they have the potential to be a serious health threat.
- Carpenter Ants: When it comes to the health of your home, carpenter ants are the ants to be concerned about. These ants tunnel in softwood. They will begin by chewing their way into rotting wood but move to sound timbers as they grow their populations. Over time, this can do a lot of damage to your Chattanooga home. If you see these large black ants that are between ¼ and ½ of an inch long, you should have a licensed pest professional take a look. The annual cost of carpenter ant damage in the United States is in the hundreds of millions. And, under the right circumstances, carpenter ants can be more destructive to a home than termites. It depends on the species of termite and key conditions present in the home.
- Crazy Ants: Have you ever had a mechanic tell you that your car won't start because of ants? Have you ever had a repair person tell you that your television is flickering because it is filled with ants? Then you are probably familiar with crazy ants. These ants come into your yard in large numbers (astonishingly large numbers) and get into automobiles, electrical boxes, and electronics. When they do, they can create issues. While these ants certainly present a threat to your belongings, the danger is more insidious than this. Crazy ants can destroy your relationships with friends and family. No one will want to come over to your home with these ants around. They won't want them getting into their cars or trucks and riding home with them, or getting into their clothing and carriable items. It can be a nightmare when crazy ants become a problem.
Are The Ants On My Chattanooga Property Dangerous?
Most ants are just a nuisance. They establish nests in your yard or in your home and come out to annoy you with their presence. While ants can pick up harmful bacteria from your trash and spread it to your foods, the risk is actually low. However, some species are more of a hazard than others. Fire ants can pose health risks, and carpenter ants will damage your home over time if left unchecked. In the end, it's best to partner with the pest professionals at Perfect Blend Pest Solutions.
Perfect Blend Pest Solutions Will Solve All Of Your Ant Problems
If you're wondering what ants you're dealing with, reach out to us. The pest professionals here at Perfect Blend Pest Solutions can help you identify your ants and offer guidance on what will work to control your pest problem. We have recurring pest control plans that are customized to fit your needs and your budget. We're always here to help. Reach out to us today to learn more about our ant control options!