Ants are very common in Oklahoma because of our weather patterns. In fact, they seem to thrive here. While there are many types of ants, the most common for our state are Pharaoh ants, Formica ants, Pavement ants, and Carpenter ants. With the help of a professional like Advanced Pest Solutions, you can rest assured that these scavengers can be controlled. While there we will identify the type of ant you have and customize a plan that is the most beneficial to you.
These ants are tiny red ones that are the biggest nuisance. They prefer kitchens, bathrooms, and anywhere else that is humid and hard to access. Pharaoh ants are also the hardest to get rid of. They will even split their nest up when disturbed which will create an even bigger infestation. With this type of ant it is best to call Advanced Pest Solutions to take care of the problem.
Formica ants are commonly known as wood ants, mound ants, and field ants. They live in wooded areas like lawns, gardens, fields, and parks where there is no shortage of material to build their mounds. Unlike pharaoh ants, wood ants love the sunlight and can’t live for very long without it.
These ants usually do not invade homes but will often hunt for food around decks and porches. Formica ants eat honeydew which is from insects like mealybugs. They also eat other insects and are attracted to meat.
Like Formica ants, Pavements ants can nest in mulch that is close to foundations, but they prefer to nest in pavement cracks in sidewalks or underneath logs, bricks, blocks, and boards. They will feed on a variety of food including meat, greasy foods, other insects, seeds, and honeydew.
If you do have a problem with these ants, sanitation is a big factor in preventing an infestation. Make sure to clean up any food crumbs, clean your garbage and recycling containers, and consistently vacuum and mop. This not only keeps food away from them, but will also destroy the trails they have made. It is best to contact Advanced Pest Solutions for a unique treatment method that will keep them away.
Carpenter ants are the large black ants you may see around rotting wood and trees. They love to make tunnels in wood that lead to their nests. These tunnels are what creates structural problems in homes and other buildings by destroying the strength of the wood. Even though they spend their time around wood, they don’t actually eat it. They prefer to eat dead insects and honeydew. If you have found quite a few carpenter ants inside, then there is a good chance that they have made their nest somewhere inside your home. Contact Advanced Pest Solutions for a free inspection to start the process of eliminating them.
What brings ants indoors?
During the spring and summer seasons, it is not uncommon for Oklahoma homeowners to find unwanted ants around their property and, even worse, inside of their homes. However, understanding what areas provide safety for ants around your property and what draws them closer can help keep them from infesting your home. If you are struggling with an ant infestation or want to be proactive, we will explain a few of the problems that could be bringing ants indoors around your property.
Like other pests, ants will begin seeking a new shelter when weather disrupts their current one. Often, ants will nest outdoors in mulch, flower beds or piles of leaves that are near your home. Unfortunately, once it rains, the ants will begin to seek a new shelter source to avoid drowning. Because your home is likely nearby, this will likely lead them to infiltrate the home through small cracks or openings in search of a new shelter.
Many species of ant can also be found around your property in trees or areas of your lawn that haven’t been maintained. If these trees are untrimmed and make contact with your home, it provides a direct pathway that can ultimately bring ants indoors. To keep this at bay, it is important to make sure that your lawn and trees are well-maintained and as neat as possible to remove any potential nesting sites that ants may utilize.
How to Prevent an Infestation
- move firewood racks away from the house
- do not store firewood on the ground
- move mulch away from the foundation
- Keep grass mowed, and bushes and plants trimmed so they are not touching your home
- make sure all exterior doors close tightly and have proper weatherstripping
- limit water supplies like leaky faucets, sinks, or appliances
- eliminate food sources by regularly sweeping or vacuuming, empty trashcans regularly, clean countertops, and properly store foods
How do you get rid of ants?
We always tell people that general spraying for ants is somewhat useless. That’s because it’s a numbers game. You can kill all the ants you see and not put a dent in the colony or colonies you are dealing with.
At Advanced Pest Solutions, we understand that ants, like most all other insects, require more than just spraying baseboards. One of our Pest Control Service experts will come out and inspect your property first, to determine what areas need to be treated. We will determine where the ants are nesting, usually either in a wall or in the ground, and apply treatment accordingly. There are times when dusting a wall void, the empty space inside of a wall, is necessary.
One of the biggest mistakes that is made when baiting is placing the bait in a bad location. Sometimes, other pest control services may apply sprays on the outside and place bait on the inside. This actually can create a larger issue. After all, why would you want to bait interior and actually bring more ants into structure? Advanced Pest Solutions will devise and implement a treatment solution that makes sense, and get rid of your ants for good.
Why Advanced Pest Solutions?
Dealing with an ant infestation on your own can be incredibly difficult and, even worse, will typically only treat for visible ants. To get rid of them for good, it is important to partner with a knowledgeable and experienced pest control specialist like Advanced Pest Solutions, and we have a great track record of eliminating ants in structures with long histories of ant issues. We provide superior spring ant control solutions for both Northeast Oklahoma and Southeast Kansas including Bartlesville, Coffeyville, Sedan, Dearing or anywhere in between!
Advanced Pest Solutions can eliminate several varieties of pests but we specialize in Roaches, Termites, Ants, Spiders, Rodents, and Fleas. Call us today to discuss how we can eliminate unwanted pests.