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Oklahoma Ants Library

There are more than 10,000 species of ants and it’s difficult to know which one you are sharing your home or yards with. Some ants are predatory and feed on termites. Ants can kill your good bugs, very likely to contaminate food and damage your home quicker and more than you could ever realize. Ants come into the home looking for food and water sources, especially when the temperatures dry up the ground water. If ants are showing up in your public spaces one too many times, you probably need to treat the nest to rid the pest. Our Flea Master Expert on Call can quickly identify the ant type, the procedure and treatment accordingly.

Field Ants

You will generally find Field ants, or Formica ants in lawns and open areas. When mounds are built close to the foundation of a home, the ants can get inside looking for food. The ants are often mistaken for carpenter ants, because they are larger in size, a ½-inch and up. They will bite if the mound is disturbed. The queen lives deep underground. Removing her will destroy the colony, but it can be difficult. Professional pest control can help you find a solution.

Pharaoh Ants

Golden in color with red and black body markings will quickly introduce you to these “let’s get the party started” house ants. Typically, Pharaoh Ants are under 1/8-inch long, and love to build nests in pantries conveniently stocked with sugary foods, a nest dinner time favorite. They’re tiny. So even the smallest crack in the seal of a window or door offers open access to anything you own or hold dear. These ants spread dysentery and salmonellae and are difficult to control once they take up residence in your home.

Carpenter Ants

There are 24 different species of carpenter ants in the United States. The most common species are dark in color, but they can be yellow, or red and black body. These wood ants can range from ½-inch to 1-inch long and a bite from these ants will cause much pain. Carpenter ants and termites are often mistaken for each other because they both like to nest in wood. Our professional pest management program is the safest bet for type of pest extermination. Give us a call!

Odorous House Ants

These stinky house ants are a problem in your home and can get up to 3/16-inch long, and range in color from dark brown to black. The most common ways in identifying these ants is by their smell, like rotten coconut they emit when crushed. The good news is if you are bitten, because they are so small, no pain is generally felt. If you make a choice and spray these pests with over-the-counter insecticides, like most ants, they scatter and create more nests and even more widespread problems.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants are... you guessed it, the ones you generally see on your pavement at home or your office. The don’t get much bigger than about ¼-inch long and are light brown to black. The appendages will probably be lighter in color than the body. Typically, they live underground but will also nest under mulch, floors or insulation. we find that these ants are docile, but if you stir them up, they do sting.