• <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: A Popular Pest

    According to the University of California Integrated Pest Management Program, there are 12,000 species of ants worldwide. Ants are a leading household pest. Though they live outdoors, ants enter buildings to locate necessities, such as food and water. Ants can enter a home through cracks or other openings, or, more problematically, by burrowing their way in through the structure.

    On the Other: Negative Impact

    Ants that enter a home via burrowing can, in extreme cases, weaken the structure to the point of collapse. A more common concern is the health risks ants pose. Some ants can cause painful bites, and select species, such as the fire ant, actually sting. Additionally, all ants can contaminate food by getting into unsealed containers. Ants attract more ants via their excrement, and ants will leave an excrement trail from the food source all the way back to their nest.

    Bottom Line

    There are no benefits to ants entering a home, and there are several negatives. Thus, ants in the house are bad. Several do-it-yourself or professional options exist for dealing with ant infestations.


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  • Are spiders in the house really bad? Are cockroaches in the house really bad? Are insects crawling through your pantry and across counters and getting into foods really bad? Probably not if you are a hoarder
  • Only the ones who commit crime.

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