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For many Houston residents, summer brings sun, heat, rain, and with it, more opportunities to go outside and have some fun. Unfortunately, summer also brings out a lot of pests. And while you may notice some of these like ants and cockroaches year-round, the increased Houston heat provides a thriving environment for them and more pesky pests. For example, ticks and scorpions, actually prefer warmer temperatures.

Summer is the most common season for ants to invade your home and property. Ants thrive in warm weather and spend the summer months gathering food for their eventual hibernation during the winter. That means they have to work twice as hard to collect food in order to store it away for colder weather!

Fire ants have the power to turn a simple family picnic or backyard barbeque into a bit of a nightmare. Native to South America, these pests were unintentionally introduced to the U.S. several decades ago through ships in Alabama, and they have been spreading ever since. As they continue to make their way throughout the southern and western parts of the United States, Houston, Texas, is one of the many places fire ants call home.

In late August 2017, as the damaging effects of Hurricane Harvey were revealed in Houston, one noticeable concern that developed was the unique self-preservation abilities of the fire ant. Not long after the flooding began, fire ants started appearing in mounds that created a sort of communal floatation device. Because of the fire ants’ ability to repel water and cling together, flooding brought on by storms doesn’t drown them—it simply displaces them.

The quintessential uninvited picnic guests, ants show up in all kinds of other places as well. Particularly where food is involved. So when you see an ant in your kitchen or other places where you have food, it’s really not a surprise.

Although they may be less active in the winter, ants may be found all year through. Ants often build nests outdoors and come inside to forage for food, but may also choose to build their colonies inside your home. Finding a stray ant in your house may not seem like a very large problem, but it can be an indication of a hidden infestation of hundreds or even thousands of ants.

Throughout the southern Gulf Coast an invasion is taking place. The Crazy ant, also called the Tawny or Rasberry ant, has made its presence known. With its quick, erratic movements, it's no wonder how this ant got its name. However, you'll need a magnifying glass to identify a Crazy ant.  A dead giveaway is their reddish color and hairy appearance. 

Houston, with its subtropical climate, is home to many pests. This article will cover the top three most prolific and possibly annoying pests we have here in Houston. 1. ANTS There are many species of ants and it usually involves correct identification to be able to eliminate these pests. Some ants prefer proteins, some prefer fats and their diets and tastes change. If you use a spray ant poison on a pharaoh ant instead of eliminating them you will cause them to bud (spread to different locations.)

Dead ant, dead ant, dead ant da dah dah da Ants are one of the most common pests in and around the home. They are social insects and are grouped in colonies. Ants can be a challenge to identify without the proper equipment and experience. In many cases, the best way to confirm the identity of an ant is to enlist the help of a pest management professional. There are three categories of ants: Worker ants, males and queens Workers are sterile females. They vary in size depending on the species of ant. Ants vary in color as well from black, brown, red and yellow. The reproductive members are the males and the queens. The queens are the largest members of the colony; quite often they are two to three times larger than the workers. Queens possess wings but they break off after mating. Males are generally the same size as the workers and have wings. They die shortly after mating…no funny comments here. Ant Feeding Habits Ants have a wide variety of nesting habits and food preferences. Some ants build nests in soil others nest in damp or rotted wood while others nest in homes behind moldings, baseboards, countertops etc.

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