If you’re dealing with ants, then  call the best Tulsa exterminator in town. You should never have to deal with invaders in your home. One of these many pests that we find are ants. They will find a way into your house. These insects can be a problem year-round, and it’s important to keep them away from your home at all times. In order to do this, it’s important that we understand as much as we can about these insects and their life. So let’s take a hard look at ants, their lifecycle and what are you and your Tulsa exterminator can do to keep them out of your home.

INDOOR ANTS AND TULSA EXTERMINATOR

Ants come in many shapes and sizes. Most of these insects in Oklahoma are outdoor insects that we find that play on the outside. The odorous house ant is the one ant that we find indoors. This ant is small and black and makes its colony and nest in many places in our home. It gets its name from the fact that if you take one of these ants, crush it and smell it, it has a distinct odor. The smell of an odorous house ant has been described as a rotten, coconut smell. These pests set up shop in your house and will invade your pantry and kitchen areas if they’re allowed to stay there.

If you’re dealing with odorous house ants then it’s time to call your Tulsa exterminator. One of the reasons why calling an exterminator is so important when dealing with ants, especially the odor house ant, is because of the way these insects reproduce. While the reproduction of individuals is produced by the queen, the colony itself can reproduce or create another colony. The odorous house ant is one of the bugs that uses splintering to do this. The Queen emits a pheromone that communicates an idea to all of her workers. This pheromone is a hormone that could be sensed by other individuals. 

ANT PHEROMONES AND TULSA EXTERMINATOR

This specific hormone that is emitted here tells all the female worker ants to stay sterile. Only the queen is allowed to lay eggs. But as workers leave the nest and come back, some of them may get separated. If they are separated from the queen for too long of a time, and they no longer have access to the pheromone that keeps them sterile. The first ant to become reproductive will start to emit this pheromone to the other workers that she’s with. These workers will now start working for the new reproductive, and she will become the queen of a brand new colony.

When treating the home for odorous house ants, if you go to the hardware store and get a can of over-the-counter pesticide, you will get a repellent pesticide. This repellent pesticide can be sensed by insects around it, and they will try to avoid it. If you spray down your counters or your cabinets or the areas around a group of workers, you can force them into a corner, where they’re separated from their colony. If they are separated, for too long, they will splinter and become a new colony. Now, instead of one colony with one queen laying eggs, you’ll have two colonies, two queens and twice as many ants. Using this over-the-counter spray can actually worsen your situation and double their intensity. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for help.  

TULSA EXTERMINATORS USE THE RIGHT ANT PESTICIDES

Your Tulsa exterminator will have access to non-repellent pesticides that are much more effective against these ants. These pesticides are undetectable by odorous house ants. Once the ants walk through them, they will carry the pesticide back to the nest and spread it around on all of the other individuals in the nest. Instead of just killing one or two or creating more colonies, you will actually kill off the entire colony.   Not only will these ants kill off the other adults, but also the larva and eggs that they come in contact with. This will be the most effective form of ant control.

Outdoor pests are also a large problem, but more in the summer months. In Oklahoma, we have two kinds of fire ants. Fire ants are unique in the fact that they are a red ant that has a painful bite. If you ever walked through a field in the summertime and suddenly felt the sting of a fire ant, then you know how alarming it can be. These insects will swarm in mass and start to bite relentlessly any person or animal that they deem to be a threat. Your Tulsa exterminator can help you against fire ants.  

PHARAOH AND THIEF ANTS AND TULSA EXTERMINATOR

We also have pharaoh ants here in Oklahoma. These are a normal black ant that is found in your yard. It usually doesn’t cause much of an issue, but they can put unsightly mounds in your yard. The thief ants are also usually close by. Thief ants have a much smaller colony with a small ant hill, near to the pharaoh ants ant hill. They will go into the pharaoh ants nest, mimicking the workers. As they come in, they will find the young ant eggs inside the pharaoh ant nest and carry them out. They will take them back to their own nest and feed their young with these juvenile pharaoh ants. Hence they are named thief ants.

If you’re having trouble with ants or any other pest control issues, then its time to call in a Tulsa exterminator that you can trust. Here is at TermMax Pest Control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with ants or any other kinds of pests. We service the greater Tulsa area including Owasso, Turley, Jenks, Bixby, Sand Springs, Prattville, Sapulpa, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Catoosa, Coweta and much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!