Most Common Ants in Tulsa
February 22, 2018
The variety of ants found throughout the world is incredible, and this diversity extends to individual locations as well, meaning the even in Tulsa you'll find quite a few different species of ants. Ants come in a lot of shapes and sizes, and most importantly they have varied effects on their surroundings. Some ants are simply a nuisance, and the sight of them is the only real bother. Some of them can, however, cause Americans hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages each year. Let’s take a look at some of the different ants around Tulsa.
Odorous House Ants
Reaching maybe an 1/8” in length fully grown, the brown or black odorous house ant is known to let out a smell that some relate to rotten coconut. While traveling to and from food sources, the odorous house ant is known to leave distinct trails, that are used to communicate a food source for the remaining members of the colony, this can lead to larger and larger infestations.
Though their name suggests ingenuity and order, to humans, carpenter ants are known to be one of the most destructive species of ants out there. Typically black in color, they can also be found in hues of red, yellow, and sometimes even a mixture of these colors. Likely the largest ant you will find around Tulsa at about a half inch, the carpenter ant feeds on sugar and proteins. Carpenter ants love to build their nests in water-damaged wood and are more than happy to set up house in your home if it meets their needs. Once in your home, a colony of carpenter ants can cause extreme amounts of structural damage, even weakening walls and building as a whole to the point of collapse.
A small species of ant, coming in at 1/16," pharaoh ants can be found in shades of yellow and orange. The queen pharaoh ant is usually a bit darker. Associated with both salmonella and streptococcus, the pharaoh ant is known to present a significant danger to people. Beyond this, pharaoh ants have been known to enter I.V. lines and patient wounds, making them a real threat to hospitals.
Ants are everywhere, and getting rid of them is best left to a professional pest control technician. Before trying to remove ants, always seek professional advice to determine which kind of ant you have and the best methods for eradication. Regardless of what kind of ant you have, getting rid of them should be done quickly and thoroughly. Here are some tips to help prevent ants:
Clean up spills and food thoroughly
Close gaps in foundations
Seal up holes around windows, doors, and in exterior walls
Keep trash in containers with tight fitting lids
Store foods tightly and securely and never leave them out in the open
Having been in business for more than 25 years, Montgomery Exterminating has seen our fair share of ants. We can help by properly identifying the ant, creating a plan to eradicate them, and implementing treatment in the safest and most effective way possible. We offer free inspections, and most of our treatment options include return visits to make sure that your pest problems are gone. If you find ants making trouble on your property, reach out to us here at Montgomery Exterminating before it’s too late. Keeping your home free of pests is what we do, so don’t hesitate and call us today!