Extreme Ant Prevention Guide For Las Vegas Homeowners

There are a lot of guides on the internet for ant prevention. These guides offer quick tips for preventing ant infestations, but most of them don't really go into "why" you see ants inside your home. That is why we're calling this our "extreme" ant prevention guide. We're not just giving you prevention tips. We're telling you why these tips have an impact on how many ants you'll see in your home. Strap yourself in! It's about to get extreme!

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Prevention tip 1

  • Give your kitchen a good cleaning. Mop your floors and vacuum your rugs on a routine basis. Deep clean furniture. Deep clean around ovens. Keep your pantry shelves clean. Keeping things clean in your home can help to prevent ant infestations. Do you know why?
 Ants send scouts into homes. If a scout finds something to eat, it will lay down a pheromone scent as it returns to its nest. When other worker ants get a sniff of that scent, they'll follow the trail to the food. As they also return to the nest, they'll lay down more pheromones. The stronger the scent, the more workers will head into your home to get the food. This is often why an ant infestation begins. The good news is that it could end as soon as the food source is removed. It depends on the ant species and the availability of another food source.

Prevention tip 2

  • Keep your interior trash in a covered container. Put trash outside regularly. Keep exterior trash in covered containers. Clean your exterior trash receptacles at least once a year. Have trash removed from your property regularly. This is another tip you've probably heard, but do you understand why trash is such an attractant.
When the organic material in your trash begins to decompose, it creates a smell that ants can detect from a distance. It is like ringing the dinner bell. Proper containment and disposal of trash will help you reduce pest activity near your home and give pests less of a reason to explore the inside of your home.

Prevention tip 3

  • Address any conditions that promote dampness or standing water near your foundation walls. Some examples of conditions that can lead to moisture issues are: A clogged gutter system, a leaky spigot, dense vegetation, dense tree canopy, compacted soil, overwatering landscaping, watering landscaping in the evening, etc. You probably have some guesses as to why dampness and standing water promote ant activity. Here's the full scoop.
Water is a building block of life. Ants need a drink as much as they need a bite to eat. But standing water, dampness, and high humidity does more than provide something to wet the whistles of those ants. Dampness promotes wood rot, which is attractive to carpenter ants. High humidity leads to plant disease, which lures aphids, white flies, and scale insects. When these insects invade your vegetation, many ant species will come to feed on the honeydew they produce.

Prevention tip 4

  • Do a detailed inspection of your exterior and seal any gaps or cracks you find. Replace damaged screens, door sweeps, and weatherstripping. Use a caulking gun to fill in holes created by wood-destroying pests like mice and rats. This one is somewhat straight forward. Those openings provide entry points for ants. But there is a little more to the story.
Sealing entry points doesn't just keep scouts out. It keeps ants from getting into your home and creating colonies. Some ants establish nests in wall, ceiling, and floor voids. When this happens, you're going to have a lot more ant troubles. Scouts won't have to go far to search your home for food sources.

Prevention tip 5

  • Trim the bushes, trees, and shrubs around your home and make sure they don't touch your home. This one is short but sweet.

 It is easier to locate and seal entry points that are closer to the ground. But ants don't just stay near the ground. They can use branches as bridges to get to high points on your home easily, and access high entry points.

We hope this extreme ant control guide has been helpful to you. Good sanitation, proper trash management, moisture control, exclusion, and branch trimming can all work together to make your home ant-free. Another important piece in the ant-prevention puzzle is routine ant treatments for your yard. When you have ant populations reduced in your yard, you'll have a much easier time keeping ants out of your home. For assistance with this, reach out to Red Rock Pest Control. We're always available to help you with all your pest control needs.

What factors attract ants to Las Vegas homes?

Las Vegas is known for its dry, consistently warm weather, which is the perfect environment for ants to thrive. But that doesn't mean you have to let ants survive and multiply on your property or inside your Vegas home.

How do you keep ants out of your house?

  • Remove food sources from your property. If you have fallen fruits or vegetables, leftover barbecue foods, or pet food left outside, ants will be attracted to your property.

  • Remove water sources from your property. In a dry climate like that of Nevada, any creatures will be attracted to water sources and ants are no exception.

  • Seal up gaps and cracks in your foundation and outer walls.

  • Make sure you have effective door sweeps and window and door screens.

Does salt kill ants?

Yes and no. Spraying salt water on ants will kill some ants, but it will not get all of the ants in a colony. Any kind of ant spray will only kill around 10% of the ants in a colony while the rest of them stay hidden. If all ants are not eliminated, especially the queens, you will end up in a never-ending battle with ants.

How do I permanently get rid of ants in my house?

If you are tired of dealing with pesky, disease-spreading, stinky, or stinging ants inside or near your Las Vegas home, reach out to Red Rock Pest Control. Ants that get into Vegas homes do not have to stay in Vegas homes. Let us help!


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