Colorado Ant Species in Gypsum, CO; Pavement, Field, Odorous & Carpenter Ants
Throughout the world, there are more than 12,000 known ant species. Not all of the species are found in Colorado, but there are several species that thrive in our borders. Ants are one of the most difficult pests to control with their abilities to adapt and survive in addition to the thousands of members in their colonies. Ants are better exterminated with the investment of a professional. With professional expertise and effective products, ants are efficiently terminated. In Colorado, there are a few ant species known more commonly to invade homes. These ant species are Pavement Ants, Field Ants, Odorous Ants, and Carpenter Ants. Today, we at Ram Pest Control would like to briefly relate the fundamentals of these ant species.
Types of Ants Found in Colorado
1) Pavement Ants. Pavement ants are the most common species of ant in Colorado according to most experts in the industry. These ants give themselves away by leaving a small mound of dirt at the entrance to their colony which they typically chose to construct under pavement, sidewalks and rock beds. Pavement ants are relatively small and dark brown in color. When these ants invade homes, they typically nest in the walls or under the floors.
2) Field Ants. Field ants prefer habitats like your lawn or garden areas. Field ants have a weakness for feasting on sweet honeydew excreted by aphids, and as a result, they can be beneficial from keeping these harmful pests away from your plants. However, the downside of a field ant infestation in your lawn or garden can make it unpleasant to walk around or spend time in your yard or garden. These ants look similar to carpenter ants and are often confused with them. Field ants are often black or very dark red and can reach up 1/3” long.
3) Odorous House Ants. These ants frequently invade houses and businesses in their endless search for sweet foods. Because of their fondness for sweet foods, they are often referred to as sugar ants as well. They will look an entrance into the home in an effort to forage for food and are typically found building their nest in dirt, rocks, and debris adjacent to a home’s foundation. Being omnivours however, they will eat anything but are immediately attracted to leftover crumbs and readily available pet food. Odorous ants are small and are typically dark brown or black in color.
4) Carpenter Ants. These ants are the most detrimental to Colorado homes and businesses. Carpenter ants burrow into soft, moist, and decaying wood used inside and outside your home. Much like termites, they cause costly damages to homes and business owners. Though they do not eat the wood they burrow through like a termite, their excavating habits are a major problem as the weaken the wood they tunnel through. They will construct the nests in the wood surrounding window ledges, under entrance thresholds, roof eaves, decks and porches as well as outdoor structures like fences and sheds. Carpenter ants are one of the larger ant species in the U.S. These ants are typically black but can have yellowish or reddish coloration as well.
No matter what species of ants are invading your Colorado home, Ram Pest Control Service has the expertise and effective products to dispatch their colonies and terminate their presence. Call us today to take care of your ant infestation as well as preventative treatments.