7 Types of Ants Commonly Found in Oregon
Ants may be the #1 nuisance pest in the United States. Out of more 700+ ant species in the country, Oregon is home to seven types of pest ants:
- Odorous house ants
- Concrete or pavement ants
- Argentine ants
- Crazy ants
- Thief ants
- Pharaoh ants
- Field ants
Let’s get to know these unwanted house guests of yours one by one.
1. ODOROUS HOUSE ANTS
Also known as “sugar ants,” odorous house ants are the most common type of pest ants you will find in Oregon. They get their proud name from the rotten coconut smell they emit when crushed.
2. PAVEMENT ANTS
Pavement ants can be found in the same area as they got their name: pavement or concrete (since they also go by the term “concrete ants”).
3. ARGENTINE ANTS
Found mainly throughout the southeastern United States, Argentine ants are dark brown, with size ranging from 1/16 to a quarter of an inch. They emit a musty odor when crushed.
4. CRAZY ANTS
Dark brown to black with gray sheens and ranging from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch, these pest ants got their name from their food-searching behavior – the worker ants run in a crazy manner when looking for food.
5. THIEF ANTS
Also known as “grease ants,” thief ants can survive just anywhere. They get mistaken as Pharaoh ants because of their yellow to light brown color. Just as their name suggests, they build nests near another species’ nest from where they can steal food.
6. PHARAOH ANTS
Yellowish to reddish brown in color, these pest ants are mistakenly believed to be one of Egypt’s plagues. Pharaoh ants can be now found all throughout the United States, even though these ants are believed to be a species native to Africa.
7. FIELD ANTS (THATCHING AND HARVESTER ANTS)
Call them field ants, thatching ants, or harvester ants, these little pests are mistaken as fire ants because of their red color. They can bite or sting like hell, too.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE ANTS AT HOME
Any of these seven types of pest ants can become a problem in your home in Oregon. Just because they seem quite small in number, you might think home remedies will do the job at eliminating these unwanted guests in your property. But the truth is, they don’t. Ants continue to build more colonies and most DIY measures can only make your ant problem worse. That’s why the best thing to do is hire the services of a reliable organic pest control expert like Ant & Garden Solutions in Beaverton Oregon. Your job is simply to keep your home clean inside and out, and I will do the rest!