Argentine Ants are the most prevalent ant species in Ventura County. They are small, and live in large colonies. Being that the Argentine Ant is smaller than other species of ant, they can enter homes through very small cracks, as small as 1mm, in your home searching for food and water most commonly in hot and dry weather, or as a result of their nest being flooded in the wet weather.
Pharaoh Ants are another major indoor pest. They will thrive in any indoor building. Pharaoh Ants are small, and have a color range from light yellow to a reddish brown. This specific ant is often found infesting hospitals, which is a major hazard. Their small size grants them access to medical instruments. Pest control can be tricky, as the bud colonies come together during the extermination processes, often resulting in repopulation.
The Odorous Ant is also a common household pest. They can survive in any climate, making these ants difficult to get rid of. Odorous Ants produce a smell when they are killed, giving them their nickname “stink ant.” They will eat just about any food they find in your home, but are most attracted to sweets and sugary food.
Acrobat Ants are common pests, both inside and outside. They nest near food sources and are often in dark moist places. Acrobat Ants prey on other insects, like wasps and grasshoppers.
Fire Ants are a stinging ant with a copper colored head and a darker abdomen. They typically nest in moist soil, under rocks or trees. Fire Ants produce a venom that causes burning (hence the name). Some people have a more severe allergic reaction to these ants than others, and could require emergency treatment.
Carpenter Ants are black, larger ants with mandibles. They nest in wood by chewing it out with their mandibles. Carpenter Ants will cause considerable structural damage to your home or building when not properly controlled. They leave a residue similar to sawdust behind as evidence of an infestation.