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Why You Should Call The Professionals About Ants In Your Oklahoma City Home

July 10, 2022

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Ants are a part of our ecosystem in Oklahoma, but that doesn't mean we want them everywhere. Ants in your home can be a source of embarrassment and concern. If you have ants in your home, you need the best pest control In Oklahoma City, Epoch Pest Solutions.

Common Types Of Ants Found In Oklahoma City

There is a variety of ants in Oklahoma City; however, the odorous and pavement ants are most common in the Oklahoma City area. Less common ants in the area include black ants, fire ants, Argentine ants, carpenter ants, and Pharoah ants. The basic characteristics of these ants are as follows:

  • Odorous ants have a black body of 1/16 to 1/8 inches, are attracted to sugary foods, and are named because of their rotten odor when crushed. 

  • Pavement ants have a 5/32 inch brownish-black body. Although they build their nests in the soil near the home, they enter the house searching for sugary foods. 

  • Black ants are common in the summer along trails and sidewalks; they feed on sweets, meats, vegetables, and fruits.

  • Fire ants are red, stinging ants found in large mounds in open, grassy areas and are dangerous to humans and pets. These ants require fire ant control.

  • Argentine ants are light to dark brown and found in potted plants, walkway stones, or bricks; they can bring mealybugs and other pests into your home.

  • Pharaoh ants are yellow, light brown, or red and are about 1/16 inch. Although in commercial locations in OKC, they may find their way into your yard in search of food items like sweets and oils. 

  • Carpenter ants enter the house through damaged wood. These red or black colored pests will destroy the integrity of wood structures in your home resulting in expensive repair bills

The Many Problems An Ant Infestation Can Create In Your Home

The spread of disease and food contamination are concerns with the infestation of ants. 

  • Odorous ants, pavement ants, and black ants are not carriers of disease, but they can contaminate your food. 

  • Argentine ants like to crawl over trash and decaying food; they can conceivably contaminate food in your home with dysentery.

  • Pharaoh ants spread pathogens such as salmonella and Streptococcus pyogenes and other diseases.

  • Fire ants are aggressive - stinging and biting their victim repeatedly; they are capable of killing small animals. 

  • Carpenter ants can give a painful bite, but the biggest threat is the destruction of the wood in your home. 

No matter the type of ant in your home, you need to find ant control solutions for your home.

Why It Is Impossible To Get Rid Of An Ant Infestation On Your Own

By the time you start noticing ants in your Oklahoma City home, you likely have hundreds already in the house due to their quick reproduction rate. Homeowners attempt ant control in the house by setting traps and spraying for ants. These methods will kill ant workers, but they will not kill the queen. The queen stays in the nest and lays eggs producing more ants and, unless she is killed, you will continue to battle ants in your home.

To get rid of ants in your home, you must also find entry and attraction points. Ants come in through cracks and crevices in your foundation, under door jambs, window seals, and other places in search of food. You not only need to seal up entry points, but also identify food sources attracting them.

Contact The Pros At The First Sign Of Ants In Your House

To get rid of ants in your Oklahoma City home, you need professionals who know where to locate the nests. Once the source of the infestation is found, the trained team members of Epoch Pest Solutions will apply environmentally safe and effective treatments to the areas.

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