Every spring we have ants that come into our house. And they are so hard to get rid of. We even had some in the fall and winter this year, which surprised me. I thought they would have been gone. We also used to get carpenter ants on our old porch before we tore it down. I've never heard of Raspberry ants, but this guest post explains what they are.
Say Goodbye to Those Pesky Rasberry Ants
While ant infestations of any kind can be extremely frustrating, Raspberry ants can triple the frustration level. While regular ants travel in a straight line and are quite easy to eliminate, Raspberry ants go everywhere.
They scatter themselves outside homes, and they also are known to invade electronics, cause damage to interior wiring, and cause the malfunctioning of home smoke detectors. If you are dealing with a Raspberry ant invasion, normal methods of using ant traps and store bought sprays simply won't do the job. With Raspberry ants, it is always a much better idea to call in a professional exterminator so they can properly eliminate these pesky critters for good.
Detecting Raspberry Ants
Raspberry ants are light brown in color and their legs are quite long in proportion to their bodies. The first segment of their antenna is twice the size of their head, and there is a circle of hairs at the small tip of their abdomen. Since ants are quite small in size, at first glance they may seem like regular black ants. The best way to determine if they are Raspberry ants is to observe their behavior.
If you notice a swarm of ants that are moving around in crazy directions (these ants are also called Crazy ants) and if you find them inside of electronic items like your home telephone, stereo system, or smoke detector, then you are definitely dealing with Raspberry ants. One theory of why the ants are drawn to electronics is that they are attracted to the magnetic field of energy that they give off. Thousands of Raspberry ants can invade your electronic items at one time, which means that they will most likely cause them to short out and possibly cause irreversible damage.
What To Do When You Detect Raspberry Ants
The first thing you will want to do when you detect these frustrating creatures is contact a professional exterminator. Raspberry ants are not attracted to standard ant baits, and store bought chemicals are not strong enough to eliminate them, especially when they are in large amounts. When the exterminator arrives, they will inspect the home in order to determine the extent of damage the ants have caused as well as their point of entry. They will also inspect your outdoor area for nests. Once they have identified the source of the Raspberry ants, they will advise you on what techniques will work best for your particular situation. If the ants have not invaded the home yet, simply spraying around the perimeter may do the trick, but if you have an all out infestation, your home may need a series of exterior and interior treatments.
Professional Ant Control
While many species of ants can be eliminated with bait or store bought spray, Raspberry ants are very determined and professional assistance is the only way to successfully eliminate them from your home. By working with a licensed and professional exterminator such as a pest control Houston expert, you can rest assured that these annoying little creatures will be gone for good
Frank Merryman is the owner of Protex Pest Control and has over 30 years experience in dealing with pests. He enjoys writing about how to avoid pests for a variety of blogs online.
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