Ants are one of the most successful insect organisms on the earth. It is almost impossible to keep them out of your home or yard. However, there are a few things you can do to slow them down . The most important is keep areas clean.

People often save money in the long run by having a professional inspect and treat for ants. Preventative methods work!

Cook Pest Control can help with your ant problems.


We have many species of Ants in Idaho. Some of the more common are listed below.


1: ODEROUS HOUSE ANT: The odorous house ant is probably the most
common in Idaho. Soft-bodied, dark reddish brown to black in color. They forage
for sweets in homes. They can nest in many locations, for example inside they may be in wall voids, areas under sinks, or any enclosed voids. They tend to stay close to warm areas. such as a water heater.

Outside they can be found in wood piles, refuse piles, under bark in bedding and more. Odorous house ants are
very active while running along trails. But when disturbed they will scatter and be very erratic. when an individual is crushed a distinctive odor described as a rotten coconut is emitted.


2: PAVMENT ANTS: The Pavement Ant is a small blackish-brown
ant. As the name suggests their preferred nesting site is under pavement, large
rocks and even possibly the slab under your home or garage. Because of their preferred nesting sites it is very easy for them to forage inside your home year round.
During the summer they can be a nuisance in your yard and or gardens. They are omnivores feeders. able to eat dead and live insects, sugars, meats, grease, seeds and more.


3: CARPENTER ANT:  Not only is the carpenter ant the largest of all the ants here in Idaho it is also the the only one that we have that is a  wood destroying insect. While they do not feed on wood, they hollow it out to make chambers needed for their colony. This
can weaken the wood that makes up the framework of your home. The saw
dust left at the nest opening is the best way to detect if
you have a Carpenter ant problem. They feed on protein based
foods and on the honeydew insects, such as aphids.




4: HARVEST ANTS: The harvest ant is the responsible for
the large dirt mounds out in the desert and mountains. They range in color from red to brown or black, and can also be a combination of those colors. They are primarily herbivorous, feeding on seeds and other plant materials. They clear large areas around there nesting site. They can bite and sting, this sting can be mildly painful.



Other ant species we have are, please contact us for any ant control questions 208-733-0800

Corn ants, Field Ants and Thief Ants.


We do no have the FIRE ANT in Idaho. they have not moved this far
north. It has not yet been determined if they can survive the altitudes and
cold winters in Idaho.




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