Ants are very tiny creatures, so they can find their way into your home through small cracks in the concrete, walls or foundation. However, they build their nests on the outside, so they will only come inside the house if they are welcomed by the presence of food.
What Damage Can Ants Cause?
Ants do not necessarily cause damage to a home. Some species are only nuisances, but the nuisance can be very serious if there are hundreds of ants trampling in and out of your home at will. Other ants are more dangerous because they tend to forage within the wood sources in your home. One example is the carpenter ant that is just as dangerous as the termite.
Pharaoh ants can also infest the wood sources of your home and weaken the structure just like carpenter ants and termites. They are known to damage the insulation in houses and buildings. As if that isn’t enough, there is an added danger with this type of pest. Pharaoh ants have a bite that is not poisonous but can be very painful. Their bites can also transmit diseases to the victim. Lastly, these pests can contaminate your food if they have the chance to ransack your cupboards and pantries.
It is extremely difficult for people to eliminate ants entirely because there are so many of them, and their nests are located on the outside of the home. A professional exterminator knows how to look for ant nests and has the chemicals and extermination methods that can effectively dispose of these pests. They can also prevent future infestations from occurring by spraying the outside of your home on a regular basis.