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How To Deal With Common Household Ant Species


February 5, 2024

We're not going to sugarcoat it for you: there's no avoiding ants if you live in Ventura County. Our area has one of the highest levels of ant activity in the nation, meaning the complete elimination or removal of ant activity is simply not possible on a widespread scale.

So, how do you deal with common household ant species? Is there anything you can do to keep their numbers at bay? The good news is you can keep their populations under control if you use prevention measures to stop infestations in the first place.

This helpful guide from Ventura Pest Control explains everything you should know about controlling common ants. In addition to outlining the species to expect, we explain their dangers, DIY efforts, and necessary prevention tips.

Need immediate ant control in Ventura County? We cover that near the bottom of the guide.

black ants on a blade of grass

Types Of Ants Found In Ventura County

Before we get into the details of ant prevention and control, let's talk about common ant species and how you can identify their presence.


You can find the following types of ants near your Ventura County home:

  • Argentine ants: One of the most common ant species in Ventura County is the humble Argentine ant. Although physical identification can be difficult, their large colony sizes and wide trails are a good giveaway.
  • Pharaoh ants: You may spot these pale reddish-brown to yellow insects inside the walls of your home. Since this unique species can have dozens to thousands of queens, the removal of this pest is best left to professionals.
  • Odorous house ants: These small ants release a pungent odor when crushed. You may spot large numbers of these ants running around your kitchen pantry.

Should you notice (or think you notice) any of the above ant species, you need to get in touch with Ventura Pest Control to minimize your risks.


Can Ants Be Dangerous?

Ants can be dangerous to people, pets, and properties. Although some species are more dangerous than others, they each provide a unique set of 'considerations.'

Argentine ants, for example, are more or less nuisance pests. You rarely need to worry about potential property damages, and the pathogens they spread are more or less benign. However, they can and will make it more difficult to live comfortably, which should be the aim of any Ventura County homeowner.

Pharaoh ants are far more dangerous and can spread serious illnesses to you and your loved ones. Salmonella and Streptococcus are two of the most common illnesses spread by pharaoh ants, both of which are easily communicable to children, older adults, and those who are immunocompromised.

Odorous house ants are kings of contamination and cause food to expire well before its posted date. Although they cannot spread illnesses like dangerous pharaoh ants, they can and will ruin any accessible food sources.

Worried about a possible ant infestation? Or want to remove an existing problem? It's time to turn to Ventura Pest Control for effective ant removal in Ventura County.


Don't Resort To DIY Methods: Call The Experts Today!

Ventura Pest Control is the most qualified provider of ant control in Ventura County. Serving homeowners since 1959, we're the largest and oldest locally owned pest control company in the area.

Our approach to ant control is simple, effective, and concise. First, we identify the ants near your home. Then, we roll out effective treatments. We ensure your property maintains a protective barrier with consecutive follow-up visits.

Ready to book a service? Call our team today.

Just looking for prevention tips? We still have you covered.

Let's take a look at some ant prevention tips to stop invaders from entering in the first place.


Prevention Tips To Keep The Ants From Coming Back

If you have already received our ant pest control services, or if you haven't yet experienced an ant infestation, you can rely on the tips below to protect your loved ones from invasion.

  • Remove trash bags from the home at least once per week.
  • Repair clogged drains and leaky pipes to remove water sources.
  • Seal tiny cracks and gaps to keep your home safe from scouting ants.
  • Trim tall grass and dense vegetation away from the sides of your home.

Remember: Ventra Pest Control is always available to provide ant control and prevention to your home and yard. Just give us a call to book a visit at a time convenient to you.

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