Ants Found in Oklahoma

Oklahomans aren’t strangers to ant problems. Unpredictable weather patterns make this region incredibly hospitable to these tiny, yet plentiful pests. Though many species are similar in behavior different castes can be found by species and different prevention and control methods may be necessary.

Red Imported Fire Ants

In southern parts of the United States, red imported fire ants have become an unwelcomed sight. This particular species of ant was actually native to South America but has slowly made its way north and into areas such as Oklahoma. Red imported fire ants are known for being aggressive and delivering painful stings and bites to earn the inclusion of fire in their name.

Odorous House Ants

Odorous house ants smell like rotten coconut when smashed because of their diets consisting of honeydew. It is common to see this species of ant invade homes after periods of rain. Though they are partial to honeydew, their diet also consists of meat and grease elements.

Little Black Ants

Little black ants are easily identified within urban and industrial areas. This species of ant is notorious for establishing colonies indoors within walls and junction points for carpeting. Little black ants feed on most any type of item and are omnivorous.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants are known for their unique nesting habits within cracks found on a sidewalk or driveway. Most often this species of ant will only enter a home in search of food and like to avoid confrontation. Pavement ants typically will eat greasy foods or other insects, whether alive or dead.

Formica Ants

Formica ants are technically a genus that includes wood ants, mound ants, thatching ants and field ants. This genus of ant relies heavily on sunlight for sustainable life which makes it rare for them to start colonies within a home. Within urban settings, Formica ants can be found in building foundations and near sidewalks.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are often mistaken for termites given their similar appearances. This species of ant received its name for the damage they induce on wooden structures. Contrary to popular belief carpenter ants do not eat wood, but do eat meats, pet food and sugary substances.

Bigheaded Ants

Bigheaded ants are known hosts to parasites, such as tapeworms. Often this species of ant will nest near home entry points but will not colonize indoors. Bigheaded ants are known to seek out protein-rich food sources such as meat.

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook and Google+.

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.