Ants are traditionally unwelcome guests at outdoor picnics, but these pests are also happy to settle indoors at your home or office. With more than 700 ant species found in the U.S., chances are you’ll encounter these insects at one time or another.

Here are the ant species most likely to be found in local buildings. Contact our Modesto ant exterminator for help identifying any insects that make an appearance in your home or office.

Ant Species Commonly Found in Modesto

– As the name implies, Argentine ants have their origins in South America. They have since traveled to North America and most other continents, earning a spot among the world’s 100 worst invaders. These dull-brown ants are only one-eighth of an inch long and love sweets, especially the excretions of aphids. Argentine ants are also notable for the musty odor that occurs when they’re crushed.

– Carpenter ants sound industrious, but the opposite is true. These pests gained the name due to their tendency to nest in wet wood. As a result, carpenter ants can cause serious structural damage in window and door frames and subfloors. Carpenter ants are either black or a mixture of black and red and they range in size from one-quarter to one-half of an inch long. Outdoors they can often be found in dead trees, firewood piles or fence posts.

– Pharaoh ants are one of the more colorful species, occurring in shades of yellow, orange and honey. At one-sixteenth of an inch in length, pharaoh ants can hide in the tiniest cracks and crevices. Pharaoh ant populations are highly mobile and will quickly relocate their colony whenever necessary.

– Sneaky thief ants build nests near other colonies so they can steal their food. Unlike other species with a sweet tooth, thief ants prefer the taste of grease. Their diet also consists of dead insects and rodents. Thief ants range up to one-eighth of an inch in size and can be found in walls and cabinets, behind baseboards and even in packaged foods.

Professional Modesto Ant Exterminator Services from Byrd Pest Control

Don’t underestimate ants just because of their size. These pests can pose serious health and property risks. Thanks to our full-time Associate Certified Entomologist on staff, we have a greater understanding of pest behavior and the appropriate measures to eliminate them.

Visit our website to learn more about Modesto ant exterminator services from Byrd Pest.