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Three of the most common types of ants found in Colorado

While there are several types of ants in Colorado, all species are very social.  In fact, they live and work together in very large colonies that use a caste system. Each colony contains workers, soldiers, and reproductives.  Of the ants found in Colorado, below is an overview of the three most common types.

pavement ants looking for food inside a colorado home

Pavement Ants

At approximately 1/8 of an inch in length, pavement ants are quite small. They are dark brown to black in color. 

True to their name, these ants can be found nesting between the  spaces in pavement and sidewalks as well as in the gaps between landscape pavers and bricks. 

Pavement ants will infest homes in search of food.  


carpenter ant in denver colorado home

Carpenter Ants

The largest ants to be found in Colorado, carpenter ants are approximately 1/4 to 5/8 of an inch in length. They are typically black in color but may also be reddish-black in appearance. 

Carpenter ants are drawn to wood that is unstained, unpainted, or that has been damaged by water. 

Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wood they infest. Rather they create tunnels to establish nests and hibernation sites. 

sugar ant crawling across kitchen floor in colorado springs

Sugar Ants

Sugar ants is a term used to describe many species of ants (such as odorous house ants) that have a fondness for sweets but it is also the specific name for the species of ant known as Camponotus consobrinus. 

These ants can range in size from 1/16 - 1/2 an inch in length. They have brownish-orange bodies and distinct black heads and hind sections. 

While sugar ants do nest outside, they may also establish nests in undisturbed places such as inside walls or in basements. 

Are ants dangerous?

While some ants in Colorado are merely nuisance pests, not capable of damaging structures or harming people or pets, others may be considered dangerous. For example, carpenter ants can rend extensive damage to homes and businesses. Other ant species are capable of biting or stinging and while the risk is usually minimal, they can cause problems for some individuals. 

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants are found in and around properties nesting and foraging for food and water. If your home is easy to access and if they can find suitable food sources and nesting sites, they will remain a problem. 

How do I get rid of ants?

If you're having problems with ants in your home, contact the exterminators at EnviroPest today. Our home pest control experts will work diligently to eliminate the ant infestation in your home and around your property. We also offer commercial pest control services for businesses that are plagued by ants. 

Is the treatment for ants safe?

At EnviroPest, we take great care to protect people and pets. That includes using product carefully and judiciously. In fact, we focus on solving ant problems using Integrated Pest Management techniques that focus on biological, cultural, mechanical, and physical controls as well as chemical when needed. 

How soon can you get here?

At EnviroPest, we take all pest issues very seriously and are committed to helping as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

How much does ant control service cost and is there a warranty?

Treatment cost varies, however you can visit our Colorado’s Choice program page for more information or get an instant quote below!

Warranty varies due to the severity and possibility of control. Your service technicians will discuss this with you before service. 

How do I prevent ants?

Preventing ants from invading your home and property can be difficult but there are some easy things that you can do to help prevent an ant invasion.

  • Make sure to seal cracks and crevices that are found in your home’s foundation, siding, and around exterior windows and doors.
  • Keep tight fitting lids on your outdoor trash cans and store them away from the exterior of your home.
  • Build garden and compost areas a good distance away from your home.
  • Fix any water leaks both inside and outside of the dwelling. This includes leaky appliances and pipes.
  • Correct moisture issues by running a dehumidifier or fixing any ventilation problems.
  • Do not store food out in the open (including on your counters).
  • Clean up spills and crumbs as soon as they occur.
  • Regularly remove trash from your home.
  • Do not let dishes stack up in the sink for any length of time and especially not overnight.
  • And of course protect your home with our Colorado's Choice Program!
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