Seattle’s famous rain brings beautiful and lush foliage, but also attracts a variety of insects that may become a nuisance in your home without proper prevention or care. One repeat offender we’ve noted are ants. There are numerous types of ants that invade the Washington area, but 3 common types are known to socialize and disrupt your home year round.

The discovery of these tiny pests can lead to many pest control calls. If you have an ant problem, identification is the first step toward ridding your home of these little insects.

1. Moisture Ants

As the name suggests, moisture ants are attracted to moisture and dampness. These tiny, reddish-brown ants are typically found near the areas of your home with water damage. As a wood destroying organism, moisture ants are sometimes mistaken for termites. Because of the climate in the Pacific Northwest, these ants are very common.

2. Carpenter Ants

Another moisture-loving ant is the Carpenter Ant. Carpenter Ants can sometimes be mistaken for termites as they will also infest wood. Unlike termites, however, a Carpenter Ant will spit the wood back out—they do not consume wood for food.

Carpenter Ants are notorious for causing extensive damage to homes; especially areas where the wood is water damaged. They are our largest ant, making them easy to identify, and can reach up to 3/4 inches in length. As they are most active during the warmer months, spotting them around your home in the winter could mean that they have a nest. To prevent these pests from invading your space, make sure to fix any leaks immediately.

3. Odorous House Ant

The Odorous House Ant is the most common species of ant spotted in Seattle, Washington. These little black ants are pervasive and difficult to eradicate or control. Odorous House Ants can have multiple nests and multiple queens. While they do not bite, sting, or cause damage to structures, they can be an extreme nuisance as they travel in groups of hundreds at a time. If you notice Odorous House Ants around your home, it’s important that you call a pest control management company to remove these bugs and develop a preventive strategy.

Call in the Experts

Ants do not transmit diseases to humans, but having hundreds of them crawling into your bathroom or kitchen can be very unsettling. If you are experiencing an ant infestation, get in touch with our team at Whitworth Pest Solutions. With years of experience in eradicating all types of ants and other pests, we will keep your Seattle home pest free.