The varied weather patterns found in Oklahoma make our corner of the world very favorable to a wide variety of common ant species. Though most are harmless and just a nuisance, some ant species can cause dangerous bites. Here are the common ant species typically found in Oklahoma during the spring season:
If you look around any stored firewood you may have, you will likely run into the carpenter ant. This species can vary in color but is often easily identified by their large size. In fact, they are considered the largest ant species found in the United States.
It is common for homeowners to confuse carpenter ants with termites because of their destructive behaviors. Unlike termites, however, carpenter ants do not consume the wood they are damaging. Instead, they carve out pathways in the wood and consume other insects and various plant liquids.
Odorous House Ants
During the spring, homeowners will often see pesky ants crawling across their kitchen counters in search of leftover food particles or spilled sugars; however, they usually consume honeydew or floral nectar. These small black ants derive their name from the unique scent they produce when squished. Often, homeowners will compare it to rotting coconut or other spoiled fruit.
The odorous house ant is a hardy ant species that has shown great tolerance levels to heat and cold. In some instances, injured ants have also been observed continuing to live without a drastic change in their primary duties. For this reason, odorous house ants are very difficult to get rid of without professional assistance.
Red Imported Fire Ants
The red imported fire ant is one of the most dangerous ant species found in Oklahoma. After arriving in the United States from Brazil between the 1930s and 1940s, the southern half of the country has provided a hospitable home for these pests. As a mound-building ant species, they are very protective of their colonies.
Taking on a reddish-brown color, the red imported fire ant is one of the most easily identifiable ants nationwide. Sensitivity to the bites of this species can produce severe allergic reactions that may be dangerous for some. If no allergies are present, white pustules may appear at the bite site.
Why Emtec Pest Control for Ant Control?
Regardless of the type of ants you are finding in your home, Emtec Pest Control has the solution. Treatments may include liquid insecticides, baits, granules, dust insecticides or any combination of these. When you call Emtec Pest Control or submit an online contact request, our professional technician will evaluate your unique situation and determine the best treatment option for your home.
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.