Other Northwest Ants

Less Common Northwest Ants


On this page:

  • Thatching ants (mound building ants)
  • Pharaoh ants
  • Thief ants & Ghost ants
  • Argentine ants
  • Little Black ants
  • Harvester ants
  • Fire ants


Thatching Ants

Thatching ants are awesome and helpful and should be left alone if at all possible. Areas where these ants set up shop are always greener and freer of other insects. If they are more than 100 feet away from your home, please consider sparing these highly beneficial insects. If they must be eliminated, give us a call. If there is a nearby mound we will rake it and treat into the nest, of they are in a wall, we will inject the wall and exterminate them, if they really must go.

1 to 5 infestations noted per year.


Pharaoh ants

Pharaoh ants should be treated much like odorous house ants. The difference is that additionally, a super through application of non-repellent insecticidal dust should be made to all electrical and plumbing voids, cracks and crevices in kitchens and bathrooms, and under baseboards. It is very important that over the counter sprays and baits are not used on these tiny little ants – they will make the problem worse. Much worse.

Every unit in multi unit homes must be treated, and everyone cautioned against using over the counter materials of any kind. Pharaoh ants are not as likely to re-infest from the exterior.

1 to 3 infestations noted per year.


Thief ants and Ghost ants

Thief ants and ghost ants should be treated in the same manner as noted above for odorous house ants.

1+ infestations noted per year.


Argentine ants

It is tempting to say that these ants should be treated the same as Pharaoh ants. However, I have found them to be resistant to baits on many occasions, and while baits should still be used, in conjunction with the non-repellent sprays and dusts, these ants can be as tough as odorous house ants to get rid of on the exterior.

6 to 12 infestations noted per year.


Little black ants

No, really. There is a species of ants known as the little black ant. They are common in Florida. They are treated the same way we would treat odorous house ants. Who are also little. And black. And don’t occur here – even though we get hundreds of calls about little black ants, because odorous house ants are…. little …and black.


Harvester ants

This is a fairly uncommon ant in our area and is only included because it is one of two ants you could run into in our area that sting.

For more information about any of these ants give us a call, or check out this helpful resource.

5 to 20 twenty infestations per year.


Fire ants

They’re here, in our area. Somewhere. According to our state pest control association. We haven’t treated any yet. Which is making us sad. Get some and call us 🙂


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