Pest Control in College Station: Helping Maintain the Ecosystem
In a May 16, 2013 article on the University of Texas in Austin website, researchers reported that invasive “crazy ants” have displaced fire ants in vast areas across the southeastern United States. The latest in a history of ant invasions from the southern hemisphere,, they may have adverse effects on the region’s ecosystem, according to the university researchers. These crazy ants are “ecologically dominant” and have reduced the spread and diversity of other ant and arthropod species.
According to Ed LeBrun, a research associate with the Texas invasive species research program at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory in the College of Natural Sciences, their spread can be controlled if people are careful not to transport them accidentally. This can be critical in densely populated regions in Texas where several cities like College Station are located. If more people are aware of the value of pest control in College Station
and similar-climate areas, the region’s ecosystem can be protected from these uninvited guests.
Ants, termites, rats, mosquitoes and many other pests can wreak havoc on any environment when left uncontrolled. In fact, if people do not really know the biological make-up of these pests and how they thrive, applying homemade remedies to get rid of them may be ineffective. Only professional pest control services can eradicate them completely from your premises.
As reported by UT researchers, crazy ants are different from fire ants (previously the most common species in the region) in many ways. While fire ants stay mostly inside their mounds, crazy ants roam free and even invade homes. They were first discovered in the U.S. in 2002 by a pest control operator in a Houston suburb, and have since been seen in 21 counties in Texas and other parts of the country.
The species has formally been identified in 2012 as “Nylanderia fulva” which is native to northern Argentina and southern Brazil. It’s referred to by many as Rasberry crazy ants, but is now better known as “Tawny crazy ants.” UT researchers claim that these crazy ants are more difficult to control than the local fire ants because they don’t have the same colony boundaries.
The handling of these kinds of pests are best left to experts; instead of stopping them you might unwittingly help in their spread or do more harm to the ecological system. Just like mosquitoes that need special misting methods to control, such as those offered by companies like EcoZapp Pest & Termite Control, these ants must be stopped at the source. Only then can you and your home be assured of a pest-free environment.