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The 3 Most Common Ants In The Kirkland Area

While there are several species of ants in the Greater Seattle area, there are 3 species of ants that are most commonly a nuisance pest in Kirkland, Bellevue, Bothell, Woodinville and surrounding area: carpenter ants, pavement ants, and odorous house ants (OHAs). 


Carpenter ants are hard to miss – they are a large black ant, ranging up to 1 inch in length. A native to the Pacific Northwest, these ants represent a risk to homes and structures due to their nesting within moist wood. ProGuard Pest Protection is here to get rid of carpenter ants in your home, and prevent ant infestation. Learn more about carpenter ants and call us now at (425) 445-8020 for fast, reliable service.

If you’ve ever walked along a sidewalk or looked at the edge of a driveway and seen little mounds of dirt pushed up, that’s the work of pavement ants. A native of Europe, these small black or dark-brown ants were introduced to North America in the early 19th century. The pros at ProGuard Pest Protection exterminate pavement ants so you can enjoy the great outdoors. Learn more about these ants and how we get rid of pavement ants, or call us now at 

(425) 445-8020 to get a service started.

The most commonly found pest ant here in the Greater Seattle area is the odorous house ant, a small black or brown ant. These small black ants are found all over the area, as they are a well-established native species, and it can take time to exterminate odorous house ants. Get started today on an ant-free, pest-free home by calling ProGuard Pest Protection at (425) 445-8020

Ants are a part of the scientific insect order Hymenoptera and are thus closely related to bees and wasps (also in the same scientific order). It’s not uncommon to confuse ants for termites during their mating season when winged ants leave the nest in large numbers. There are three main characteristics that distinguish the two:

  • The ant has a constricted or “pinched” body – it will appear to have a thin waist, while a termite’s body is broad throughout
  • A termite’s front and hind wings are about the same size, while an ant’s hind wings are smaller than its front wings
  • An ant’s antennae are bent or “elbowed”, while a termite’s antennae are straight or slightly curved. 

Whatever the species, whatever the pest, ProGuard Pest Protection is here to protect your home and health. Through our one-time and ongoing service options we ensure that you’re able to fully enjoy your home, inside and out. Call us now at (425) 445-8020 to get rid of any ant that is showing up in your house today!