Types of Ants in Seattle, Washington
Ant control is challenging, even for a professional. The biting, stinging, swarming types of ants that thrive in Seattle make it a specialized service. It isn’t surprising that ant control is one of our most common pest control calls.
The success of ant control is dependent on removing the entire colony, consisting of multiple nests. You must also exterminate the Queen of all nest queens. Killing the ants you see or find only causes the colony to fracture, worsening the problem.
Are Any of These Seattle Ants Invading Your Home?
Establishing their nest in rotten and damaged wood, Carpenter Ants are some of the worst for your home.
Treatment depends considerably on the level of infestation.
Further reading on carpenter ants:
Odorous House Ants
Also known as sugar or moisture ants, Odorous House Ants are very common indoors. These tiny insects are hard to control.
Red Pavement Ants
These guys form colonies mostly under concrete, causing damage. Small and numerous, Pavement Ants have an annoying bite. They also swarm any food they find.
Western Harvester Ants
These aggressive ants have large jaws they don’t mind using when they feel threatened. Western Harvester Ants have a painful bite, and sting too. It’s best to avoid trying to manage them yourself.
Formica Ants prefer to live in grass and under stones. They have a minor bite, but their main defense if spraying formic acid.
Cow Killer Ant
Also known as the Red Velvet Ant, this is not an ant; it is a wasp. You don’t want Cow Killers in your home.
Ants love moisture and many of the foods you do, which is why you so often find them in bathrooms and kitchens. They may damage property, bite or sting, and are always a nuisance.