In the kitchen, at a backyard barbecue, playing at the park or walking down the sidewalk, it seems like you can never get away from ants. Nature’s little scavengers, these pint-sized pests can be found everywhere from city apartments to country homes.
No matter where you live or what you do, it seems like it’s impossible to keep them at bay. It is estimated that there are more than 15,000 species of ants in the United States alone, so it’s really no surprise that we’re confronted by ants everywhere we go.
When you find ants in your home or business, you can try to use a DIY or store-bought treatment. And it might kill a few ants here and there. However, if you don’t figure out how the ants are entering and leaving your home, locate the source of the infestation and kill the queen, we can guarantee you those ants are going to come back. Poison sprays and baits might kill the ants that come in contact with them, but won’t solve an infestation. If you’re tired of ants in your home or business, it’s time to call the professionals. If you can’t find and eliminate the queen, you can’t eliminate the entire colony. We’ll be sure to identify how ants are finding their way into your home and then eliminate them at their source.
Like termites, ants are industrious, social insects that can cause considerable trouble due to their numbers and persistence. That makes ant control essential to protecting your home or business. Some varieties of ants, such as carpenter ants, can also damage the wood in which they nest. Despite what you may think, carpenter ants don’t eat wood. The damage carpenter ants cause comes from their burrowing into your wood to find other sources of food. However, they are still very destructive and can cause major damage to a structure if they are not swiftly exterminated. On top of being an important step in protecting your investment in your home or business, ant control is also a health and safety issue as well. While most ant bites are minor, some ants, like Fire Ants, bite and sting. These bites and stings can be painful, and for people with high allergic sensitivity they can be extremely dangerous.
Arrow Exterminators is Oklahoma’s ant control professionals. We’re proud to have been successfully eliminating ants from commercial and residential properties across the state for over 60 years. If you have a problem with ants, get in touch with Arrow Exterminators. You can call us or fill out our online contact form to get started on your free, no-obligation evaluation today!
As we said earlier, many people find rodent invaders harmless, and sometimes even cute and cuddly. Unfortunately, this is a very dangerous misconception. Once inside your home, mice and rats make themselves comfortable, building nests to keep warm and stealing food from your kitchen. If all of your food is not safely stored in containers rodents can’t get to, they can reach it and contaminate it. They also contaminate cooking supplies, like cutting boards, pots and pans, and serving utensils, with their urine. This is more than just gross, this is dangerous for you and your family as well. Rats and mice carry a variety of diseases and by contaminating your food stores and supplies those diseases can easily be passed on to you. Some of the diseases mice and rats carry are:
These are the most common ants in Oklahoma, but with 15,000 species across the country you never know what type of ant you might find. Some people also have trouble telling the difference between winged ants and winged termites. So if you see an insect in your home or business and you’re not 100 percent sure what it is, call the experts at Arrow Exterminators. All our technicians are trained and equipped to be able to properly identify whatever pest is pestering you and then prescribe the right pest control treatment to get rid of it for good.
Due to the crazy weather conditions we have here in Oklahoma, the state is home to a wide variety of ant species. Some are small and harmless, others are large with painful bites and stings. But all of them, regardless of size and bite, are pests that need to be eliminated. Here are some of the most common ant species that you are likely to come in contact with:
These are the most common ants in Oklahoma, but with 15,000 species across the country you never know what type of ant you might find. Some people also have trouble telling the difference between winged ants and winged termites. So if you see an insect in your home or business and you’re not 100 percent sure what it is, call the experts at Arrow Exterminators. All our technicians are trained and equipped to be able to properly identify whatever pest is pestering you and then
Carpenter Ants: carpenter ants may vary in color (though they’re usually a burnt orange), but they are easily recognizable by their size. These ants are the giants of the ant family and the largest ants found in North America. Carpenter Ants to not have stingers and are not venomous, but due to the large size of their jaws a bite can still be quite painful. Carpenter Ants are extremely destructive little creatures, burrowing deep into the wood of homes and businesses to make their nests and look for food. Unlike termites, they don’t eat wood; they chew through it to make pathways for themselves and the rest of their colony. They primarily eat other insects and plant juices. However, just because they don’t eat wood doesn’t mean they aren’t incredibly destructive. A carpenter ant infestation can be damaging to your home and expensive to fix. If you have a problem with Carpenter Ants, make sure to call the professionals at Arrow Exterminators right away. We’ll make sure to eliminate every last ant giving you trouble, including the Queen, so that you never have to worry about an ant infestation harming your home again.
Red Imported Fire Ants: this invasive species was brought to the U.S. from Brazil in the 1930s or 1940s and has been a nuisance ever since. These ants build medium sized dirt mounds to house the colony and when the mounds are disturbed, the ants will swarm out to bite and sting whomever is disturbing their home. These stings are very painful, and for people who have sensitivity to Red Imported Fire Ant stings can be extremely dangerous. These ants are not shy and frequently build their mounds in backyards, lawns, playgrounds, soccer and football fields, golf courses, parks and other similar areas. Since they inhabit heavily trafficked areas, the risk of coming into contact with people and people being stung is high. That’s why professional management is essential. If you see a Red Imported Fire Ant colony around your home or business, call the ant extermination professionals at Arrow Exterminators right away. We can come out and get rid of the entire colony before anyone gets stung and potentially injured.
Formica Ants: these ants feed on the honeydew produced by aphids (those terrible, green insects that hang on the underside of plant leaves and suck the life out of your garden plants) and often they guard aphids against predators and help them find the juiciest part of plant leaves to feed on so that their honeydew supply will be uninterrupted. They do not sting, but sometimes when disturbed they will bite or spray formic acid, which is not particularly dangerous but can be unpleasant and cause coughing, watery eyes and itchiness or burning if it comes in contact with broken skin or your nose, eyes, ears or mouth. While these ants tend to live in pastures, open grasslands and farms, they can sometimes be found in homes, especially if you live in a rural area or on a farm or ranch. Make sure to call Arrow Exterminators to help you get rid of Formica Ants because it can be very difficult to locate the source of the infestation and exterminate the whole colony.
Red Pavement Ant: you know those tiny ants you see swarming cracks in the sidewalk or running to feast on some food dropped in the street? More than likely, those are red pavement ants. These tiny creatures are extremely social scavengers and live in large colonies built around at least one queen. They are harmless, but if they are provoked (like if you step on them while walking down the sidewalk) they will swarm around you and may bite. These bites can be painful, but are not dangerous. These ants typically center their colonies outside, but their quest for food can take them just about anywhere. They are particularly fond of sweet, sugary food but will eat anything. Because of this, they are often attracted to homes, restaurants and other places where there is a chance of them finding food. Once Red Pavement Ants have infested a building, their small size and large numbers make them extremely difficult to get rid of. Red Pavement Ant extermination is best left to pest control professionals, like those at Arrow Exterminators.