February 12, 2013
There are several types of ants in Arkansas and while some are considered more of a nuisance than threat, others prove to be more problematic for home and business owners in Little Rock and throughout Arkansas. In this post, we’re going to focus on the odorous house ant and the fire ant, as these two pests are quite annoying for property owners across the state. So let’s take a closer look at the previously mentioned pests and identify what they look like, how they behave and most importantly, what you can do to control these types of ants.
First off, with a name that begins with odorous you can probably imagine there’s something about the odorous house ant that is…well stinky. In fact the rotten coconut smelling odor it emits when crushed or threatened can identify this particular ant. Lovely right? If you see small brown or black colored ants foraging in your kitchen, you’re probably dealing with this pest. The odorous house ant will pretty much consume anything including foodstuffs in the pantry, a sugary spill on the floor and even dog food. Odorous house ants are most known for their sweet tooth though so watch out for sugary treats, syrup or even sugary drinks left uncovered. While they are not known to cause any harm, that doesn’t mean they should be welcomed into the home and kitchen. If you find ants in the kitchen or see a line of these pests marching across your floor, you will want to call in the Arkansas pest control team to get rid of them quickly.
Let’s move on to fire ants. Though quite small (about 1/8 to ¼ of an inch in length), these ants are very aggressive and known for the painful sting they leave behind. Their copper colored head and darker colored abdomen easily identifies them as fire ants, that and their penchant for creating nests under rocks, along sidewalks and by the base of trees in Arkansas. They can also be found in moist areas like near rivers and lakes… or your frequently watered lawn. Because fire ants are so aggressive and live in colonies of up to 500,000 ants, you really want to steer clear of these insects. Contact McCauley right away if you begin to see coppery colored fire ants.
Because ants form such large colonies, ant control should always be left to the AR pest control professionals. Simply killing the ants that you see is not going to address the root of the problem, which is the ant colony. The team at McCauley will find and eliminate any ant colonies on your property so that you won’t have to deal with foraging or stinging ants. To learn more about ant control in Little Rock, Fayetteville, Hot Springs or elsewhere in Arkansas, please contact us today!