Frontier Exterminating’s general pest control service is provided on a monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly or single service basis. This service protects your home or business from the Houston area's most common pests: roaches, ants and silverfish. There is no contract with this service and it can be adjusted to cover your specific home and family’s needs.
Other popular services offered include:
- Fire Ant Yard Treatments
- Spider Power Sprays and Web Brushing
- Flea and Tick Treatments
- Wasp Treatments
Correctly identifying a specific ant issue goes a long way toward successfully eliminating the concern. The most commonly seen ants in Houston, Katy, Sugarland, and surrounding areas are fire ants, pharaoh ants, rover ants, carpenter ants and the newcomer to the area: the tawny crazy ant or “raspberry ant.”
Anyone who has spent a spring or summer around Houston knows fire ants when they see them or their infamous dirt mounds popping up around the yard. Fire ants are reddish-brown and found in both urban and suburban areas. They're an invasive species that can be a threat to the health of children and pets, and to the physical integrity of a home or building as well. Fire ants are a social insect with your average colony containing between 100,000 to 500,000 workers; which means, when you accidentally cross paths with them, it is not usually just one but many stings that will be suffered. Fire ants are aggressive nest protectors and pack a vigorous and painful sting.
Pharaoh ants are very small, with a yellowish golden-brown color, and frequently found trailing on kitchen cabinets or counters and occasionally in a bathroom. Pharaoh ants typically nest next to the slab below the grass line or also inside a home or business in dark narrow spaces (weep hole, wall void and electrical outlets). Pharaoh ants feed on foods high in protein and sugar, making them a real nuisance in the kitchen. A combination of chemical treatment and wall void baiting are necessary to eliminate this pest. Pharaoh ants are an invasive insect and an opportunistic nester that can be tougher to eliminate inside a structure when not dealt with in a timely manner.
Rover ants are another tiny ant but they are a darker brown, almost black color and sturdier looking than the Pharaoh ant. Rover ants nest outdoors in the ground but also in wall voids and can often times be seen trailing along a sidewalk, on the side of structures or inside a home or building. Rover ants are an invasive insect and an opportunistic nester that can be tougher to eliminate inside a structure when not dealt with in a timely manner.
Carpenter ants are generally larger ants and range in color from brown to orange and black. One will typically notice carpenter ants trailing along fences, tree limbs, eaves or other linear objects. Carpenter ants are indicative of there being some moist, decaying or hollow wood nearby as they are considered a wood destroying insect just like a termite.
Tawny ants were first discovered in Texas in Pasadena and are believed to have entered the city through the ship channel on boats. They have since been working their way west across Houston and started becoming prevalent at customers’ homes in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, Katy, and Fulshear between 2011 and 2012.
Tawny ants do not bite but overwhelm fire ants and other pests through their extraordinary numbers. When tawny ants come to a street or neighborhood they take over with millions of them quickly and erratically moving along sidewalks, driveways, streets and around homes and building structures. Tawny ants nest under rocks, wood on the ground and landscaping borders, and have been said to get into electrical boxes sometimes causing them to short circuit.
If you suspect you may have a tawny ant issue, give us a call today for a free inspection and identification.