Ants

What are ants?

Here in Oklahoma, we have a wide variety of ant species ranging from the small and painful red fire ant to the wood-destroying carpenter ant. Typically, ants are social insects that are usually found living outdoors in underground colonies which are comprised of at least one queen and thousands of workers. These workers ants are responsible for building these underground colonies and providing food for their queen and the rest of their colony. Ants are also notorious for ruining picnics and invading living areas.close up of a fully grown ant with white background

Are ants dangerous?

All ants are dangerous to a certain degree, but depending on the exact species, some are more dangerous than others. For example, carpenter ants pose no direct threat to your health but they do pose a significant threat to the wood of your home. On the other side of the spectrum, you have the common, house-invading ants like pavement ants and odorous house ants that are considered nuisance pests and pose no danger to you, your family, or your home. Here in Oklahoma, there is only one ant species that you need to worry about regarding your health: the fire ant! These ants are known to be aggressive and their bites are very painful and can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants are scavenging pests that commonly invade our homes while searching for food to bring back to their colonies. If you have a large number of ants living in or around your home, they have to be finding food somewhere. Primarily, ants look for foods that are high in sugar content, protein, and carbs. And they'll eat just about anything that we do.

If you're dealing with ants in your home, not only are they finding a food source on your property, but they're also finding a way inside.

Some common entry points that ants utilize to invade homes include:

  • Cracks or gaps in your exterior foundation

  • Underneath a door

  • Through a window

How do I get rid of ants?

If you're looking for a way to eliminate those ants from your property for good, your answer lies with Dandi Guaranty! With just one call, we'll send our pest technicians to inspect your home for signs of ant activity. Once we've determined the problem areas in your home and around your property, we'll treat those areas to effectively eliminate your current ant infestation, then treat your property with ant deterrent to prevent future invasions. To learn more about how our Quarterly Pest Control Plan can help solve your ant problem, visit our residential pest control page!

Can I eliminate ants myself?

The best thing you can do to keep ants from invading your property is to reduce sources of food they have access to. Consider storing your food in your refrigerator or in airtight container and thoroughly cleaning your kitchen area after a meal. This will reduce the chances of those ant invaders finding a food source while they are scouting out your home.

 

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