Are Harvester Ants Around My Las Vegas Property Dangerous?

12/15/2020


harvester ant up close

When spending time in your kitchen, noticing a trail of ants can be a bit of a shock. Ant infestations are disgusting because of their large numbers and how they can quickly take over a property, and ants are pests you’re extremely likely to deal with as a property owner.
 
While all ant infestations can be frustrating to deal with, some are more of an issue than others. Harvester ants are a name given to many species of ants that are known for collecting or “harvesting” their food and bringing it back to their colonies. While some harvester ants are just a nuisance, others can cause some health concerns. 
 
But even the harvester ants that aren’t as dangerous to have around are still difficult to remove. They can occasionally get into food which can lead to contamination, and, the longer the colony is allowed to remain on your property, the bigger it becomes and the harder it is to control. To help you keep harvester ants in Las Vegas away from your property, we’ve put together a guide to the risks of these ants as well as how to prevent them.

Can Harvester Ants Harm You?

Since there are many different species of harvester ants under the umbrella term, the health risks associated with these ants can vary. However, there are many species of harvester ants that can deliver painful stings or bites. While most of the time these won’t lead to severe medical issues, they can cause allergic reactions in some people.

Even if you don’t have a negative reaction to being stung or bitten, the experience of being attacked by ants and left with painful bites is never pleasant! This is a good enough reason to not want them around your Las Vegas property. If you are bitten or stung, pay close attention to the area and watch for signs of an allergic reaction.

How Can You Prevent Harvester Ants?

One good thing about most harvester ants is that they usually live outdoors. They often eat seeds, so they can be attracted to bird feeders and gardens. But, while they aren’t as likely to come inside and eat your food as other species of ants, they can still make their way indoors. To help prevent harvester ants from becoming a problem, here are some of the best prevention tips.

  • Install door sweeps and weather stripping to eliminate access points.

  • Get rid of bird feeders or hang them out of the way where ants can’t reach them easily.

  • Take out or clean up rock piles, woodpiles, and other organic debris that harvester ants use to build colonies.

  • Repair broken screens in doors and windows.

  • Caulk up any crevices in foundations, walls, or around door frames.

The Most Effective Way To Handle Harvester Ants

Nobody wants to have harvester ants around their property, but if you ever find yourself facing an infestation, don’t be stressed about it. The experts at Red Rock Pest Control can handle these infestations and remove them completely. Our residential and commercial pest control programs focus on meeting your individual needs while using reliable and effective pest control methods.

Learn more about our ant control programs today by giving us a call at (702) 508-7544 or by reaching out to us using our online contact form. We can’t wait to hear from you.




 

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