What Every Las Vegas Resident Ought To Know About Ants
Ants are frustrating pests. They can come into your home by the hundreds of thousands. They can get into walls and insulation. They can get into your stored foods. Some ants sting and leave painful, itchy welts on the skin. Some ants chew galleries inside wood and cause lots of damage over time. Let's take a look at some of the ant pests that are common in Las Vegas.
Some ants are a minor threat for the spread of harmful bacteria. They get into our homes and drive us crazy. The most common are rover ants, pavement ants, Argentine ants, and odorous house ants. These ants can enter in large numbers and climb all over things.
Ants That Spread Illness
One of the worst kinds of ants we have in our area is Pharaoh ants. Not only do they spread like weeds, but they are drawn to feed on the open wounds of pets and livestock. This brings them in contact with harmful organisms. If this is the ant species you're seeing inside your home, it is important to understand the threat.
Red Imported Fire Ants
These ants need no introduction. You've probably had one of these irritating little pests bite you on the foot or ankle. What you might not know is that fire ants can be a significant threat to babies, the elderly, the infirm, and people who have an allergy to their venom. While you can probably move quickly to get away from fire ants, some people can't. This can allow multiple ants to bite multiple times. For those who have an allergy, it only takes one bite to create a potentially dangerous situation.
Some carpenter ant species are not a threat to man-made structures. They build nests in voids. But the black carpenter ant can be a significant structural pest. If you see large, black ants in your home, it is a good idea to catch one and properly identify it. These ants are a unique threat, so we do not provide coverage for them in our residential pest control service. But when your service professional detects carpenter ant activity or notices conditions that are conducive to carpenter ant damage, you will be informed, and we can set up a special treatment to target those wood-damaging pests.
What You Should Know Most About Ants
If you don't have routine exterior pest control treatments, ants will be able to come into your home, but they may not come into your common areas if you do the following:
Clean spills up quickly.
Routinely clean counters, floors, and rugs.
Wipe jars or cans that contain honey, syrup, soda, or other sweets.
Address plumbing issues.
Install fans or dehumidifiers in rooms or areas that are humid.
Dispose of your trash regularly.
Keep your trash receptacles clean.
If scout ants find something to eat in your home, they will call in the troops. You can prevent this by keeping things as clean and dry as possible.
While it is very difficult to completely exclude ants, you can make it more difficult for them to get into your home and gain access to your kitchen, pantry, and other common areas. Use silicone caulk to seal gaps, cracks, and holes, especially in areas that you have seen ants coming and going.
The Best Protection From Ants
There is no better way to get ant control than to have routine treatments applied to your exterior. These treatments also keep cockroaches, silverfish, carpet beetles, and other destructive pests out. We'd love the opportunity to discuss your options. Reach out to Red Rock Pest Control and schedule a free inspection to get started!