How Can I Tell If The Ants Around My Tulsa Property Are Dangerous?

June 18, 2020

This might be surprising, but all ants are dangerous. Yes, you read that correctly. They might be small and seem harmless, but don’t let their size mislead you. These insects can harbor germs and possibly spread disease. Some species can wreck property and belongings. For Tulsa homeowners, they should be concerned about the possible threats to their health and that of their loved ones. Local business owners need to be thinking about the welfare of their employees and customers. Also, the potential loss of profit and a sanction by a sanitation entity.

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Believe it or not, there’s a lot on the line with ants. They can reproduce and infest a place quickly, and it isn’t easy getting rid of them. If you learn about which ants are especially hazardous, you’ll know how to better prevent them. Further, you can get the scoop on how Dandi Guaranty can help.

Common Tulsa Ants

Pavement, acrobat, and odorous house ants are common in Tulsa. These types are considered less aggressive, and more of a nuisance:

  • Pavement ants are black or brown, with lighter colored appendages. Size-wise, they can be 3/32 to ⅛ of an inch long. Hence their name, they tend to nest in sidewalks, driveways, and porches.They tear up lawns and swarm in kitchens, which is why they’re annoying. Humans can be stung by them, so watch out.

  • Acrobat ants are brown and 7/32 of an inch long. They multiply especially fast. Moisture draws them in. Roofing, siding, insulation, and damaged wood are where they usually nest. Properties affected by plumbing issues or wood-eating insects are frequent targets for these ants.

  • Odorous house ants are around ⅛ of an inch long. They’re brown or black and have uneven body segments. They prefer the indoors for warmth and moisture. Paneling, structural voids, walls, heaters, and pipes are hubs for them. When smashed, they smell like sour coconut. If they bite you, it will be mildly painful.

Fire and carpenter ants are in the area too, and can cause even bigger problems:

  • Fire ants range from 1/16 to ⅕ of an inch. They’re reddish and have black stingers. Though they create mounds outside, their proximity in the yard can lead them indoors. Being venomous, their bite can result in an allergic reaction, nausea, and/or a fatality.

  • Carpenter ants are ¼ to ½ of an inch long. They can be reddish-black, black, red, tan, orange, or yellow. Their swarmers have wings. They build nesting tunnels in decayed or moistened wood, ruining homes and businesses.

Preventing Ants

You can block ant’s attempts to enter your property, or make your place less appetizing to them by doing the following:

  • Repair holes in foundations, windows, and roof and utility lines.

  • Add sweeps to exterior doors. 

  • Maintain greenery and distance it from your front door.

  • Store garbage and food in air-tight containers.

  • Keep your kitchen and pantry neat. 

  • Routinely vacuum and take out the trash.

  • Fix moisture issues, like leaks.

Dandi Guaranty Ant Control

It’s clear that ants aren’t to be underestimated. If they don’t chomp away at the structure of your space, they could make you sick. Being carriers of illness-generating bacteria, they contaminate food and surfaces as they crawl around and leave waste. You shouldn’t procrastinate with getting pest control if you see them. Don’t try to eliminate them on your own, either. If you get the wrong insecticide, it could make their colonies split, creating even more colonies.

Dandi Guaranty has specialized products for ant deterrent and extermination. It will reach the heart of the infestation and empty the nests. Our affordable plans include warranties, guarantees, and recurring visits. We’ll always have your back. Call today and get a free inspection! 

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