Types of Common Local Ants

It seems that most of Oklahoma is drying out from the unseasonably rainy summer that we had this year. With the higher temperatures and the ground water drying up, you’re likely to notice an influx of ants marching into your home looking for a new water source. You might start to see them in your kitchen sink or even your bathroom shower.

People are always curious about the types of ants they’re dealing with. Sometimes you find little red ants and other times you’ll see bigger black ants. There are close to 1,000 different ant species found on the North American continent, but luckily in Oklahoma we usually only see about 10 different types of nuisance ants and only a handful of those are more frequently seen in our clients’ homes. Here is a list of the top 5 most commonly found ants in the areas that we service (Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks, Oklahoma City, Edmond, and surrounding communities) and how you can identify them:

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pavement made of salmon little stones

Pavement Ants

Medium-sized, about 1/8 inch long, varies in color from light brown to black with lighter legs and antennae, head and thorax have longitudinal, parallel grooves, and they move slower then other types of ants.

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A black ant resting on leaf

Odorous House Ants

Also medium-sized, about 1/8 inch long, brown to black in color, they release a rotten coconut smell then crushed.

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Closeup of a pharaoh ant on peony

Pharaoh Ants

Small in size, approximately 1/16 inches long, and are yellow, light brown or red in color, the tip of their abdomen is darker than the rest of their bodies.

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three ants consulting on grass

Field (Formica) Ants

The size of the workers ranges from 4 to 8 mm and their coloration includes yellow, red, black or, more commonly, a combination of red and black.

Carpenter ant
Carpenter ant isolated on white background. This ant is a major pest on houses

Carpenter Ants

Large in size, ranging from 1/2 to 1 inch long, and they range in color from yellow to black, but the most common species are darker in color.

Are you noticing ant trails leading into your home this summer? Having difficulties getting the little buggers to vacate the premises? Then call the experts at controlling ants, Emtec Pest Control, toll free at 800-522-4707. We’ll get those ants marching away from your home in no time!

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.