Common Ants in the Pacific Northwest

A close up of an ant on a leaf. United Pest Solutions, serving Kirkland WA and Seattle WA talks about common ants in the Pacific Northwest.

Ants on a kitchen counter. United Pest Solutions, serving Kirkland WA and Seattle WA talks about the common ants in the Pacific Northwest. From spiders to rodents, the Pacific Northwest is home to many pests, but the most common household pest is the ant. Not all ants are the same and if you have an ant infestation, you’ll want to know which type you’re dealing with so you can take appropriate action.

Fortunately, United Pest Solutions is here for you. In this article, we’ll list the common types you may encounter and how you can prevent them.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are generally easier to identify than other ants because of their large size and dark color. They’re also the most damaging of all the different ant species because they build nests by tunneling through wood–a behavior that homeowners often mistake for termite damage.

To help prevent carpenter ants, you’ll want to remove any dead stumps from your property and repair water leaks.

Odorous House Ants

Odorous house ants are generally dark brown to black and measure around 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch. They typically nest in walls and under floors of buildings. These ants get their name for the foul odor they emit when crushed, which smells similar to rotting coconut. In addition to producing unpleasant odors in your home, odorous house ants can also contaminate your food.

The best way to treat odorous house ants is to have pest control technicians seal wall openings and apply treatments. You’ll also want to store food properly and clean up spills to help keep odorous house ants away.

Pavement Ants

Like odorous house ants, pavement ants are also dark brown to black in color. They’re about ⅛ of an inch in length and are usually found near paved areas of the home, hence their name. Pavement ants often get inside of homes through cracks in the foundation. Once inside, they’ll feast on greasy foods, sweets, and even pet food. Pavement ants also have the ability to contaminate your food supply.

To keep pavement ants away, seal cracks around your home and clean up spills.

Moisture Ants

Moisture ants are yellow, brown, or black in color and measure around ⅛ of an inch. As their name suggests, these ants prefer moist environments. You’ll typically find them in damp soil, underneath rocks, and near dead wood.

Repair water leaks and ensure your rain gutters work well to help keep moisture ants away.

Professional Ant Control

Ants are social insects, which means they live in large and structured colonies—so if you see one ant, there are likely many more nearby. If you suspect an ant infestation or want help deterring ants, United Pest Solutions can help.

When you contact us, we’ll conduct a thorough inspection of your property to locate entry points, identify the ant species, and determine how severe your infestation is. Then, we’ll discuss our findings with you and recommend an action plan.

If you’re interested in our ant control services, contact us to schedule an appointment!

Keep Pavement Ants Out

Group of pavement ants on pavement. United Pest Solutions serving Seattle WA and Everett WA talks about how to keep pavement ants out.

Group of pavement ants on pavement. United Pest Solutions serving Seattle WA and Everett WA talks about how to keep pavement ants out.Although they get their name because they nest near pavement, pavement ants can still live inside homes, if given the opportunity. Fortunately, we at United Pest Solutions are here to help protect your home against these common nuisance pests!

What are Pavement Ants?

Pavement ants are small, typically brown or black ants that have parallel lines running down the backs of their bodies. While they prefer sweets, they will eat nearly anything from meats and fats to honeydew and insects. Pavement ants do have a stinger, but rarely bite however, they can contaminate food and surfaces.

Signs of Pavement Ants

Physically seeing worker pavement ants in and around your home is the best way to identify if you have a pavement ant infestation. These tiny pests often invade in large numbers, with colonies averaging about 3,000 to 4,000 in size.

Once inside, pavement ants will nest under floors, in insulation, and behind walls.

How Do I Prevent Pavement Ants?

  • Clean up spills and crumbs
  • Don’t keep food out, including pet food. Store all food in airtight containers or in your refrigerator
  • Use a silicone-based caulk to seal around your foundation and around doors and windows to help prevent ants from gaining access into your home
  • Prune shrubs and trees so they’re at least 18 inches away from your home as ants commonly use branches to gain entry into homes
  • Regularly take out your trash and make sure your outdoor garbage cans have tightly sealed lids
  • Keep firewood away from your home. Ants and other pests like to nest in wood, especially if its moist or rotted
  • Eliminate sources of standing water, including pet bowls

Professional Pavement Ant Control

While pavement ants are known to nest under sidewalks and in sidewalk cracks they can find their way into homes, forming colonies underneath your floor or within your walls. If you spot a few pavement ants in your home, there are likely more.

These ants are generally late-night snackers. You’ll most commonly see them after sunset foraging for food.

So if you’re dealing with a pavement ant problem, give us a call today for a free estimate!