Las Vegas's Ultimate Guide To Ant Control
"What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." While this saying may be true, another saying that is also true goes something like this: "Pests that get into Vegas homes do not need to stay in Vegas homes." Today we are talking about ants in Las Vegas.
Stepping into your kitchen and seeing a mass of ants covering your dog's food is disturbing. Seeing ants on the last piece of chocolate cake on the counter (which you were looking forward to eating) is even more disturbing. While finding any kind of ants in your home can be unsettling, there are some ants that are more problematic than others.
The Ants Of Vegas
Today, we are looking at common ants that get into Las Vegas homes (pharaoh ants, pavement ants, rover ants, Argentine ants, odorous house ants, and red imported fire ants). All ants are nuisance ants when they get into homes, and all ants can spread bacteria, but what are some of the other problems Vegas ants can cause?
These ants are widely considered to be some of the most difficult ants to exterminate since they reproduce at an alarming rate. Being a mere 1.5 mm in length, they are yellow to orange with an abdomen capped with a brown color. Not only are these ants a nuisance inside homes but they also have been linked to the spread of salmonella and other harmful diseases.
These dark-brown, monomorphic, ants may be tiny in size, but they can bring big problems. At only 2 mm in length, rover ant workers can invade in large numbers and establish nests inside structures. When they do this they can cause damage. They can also be destructive to lawns and swimming pool areas.
These black or brown ants aren't much larger than rover ants, at around 3 mm in length. Typically, pavement ants nest inside the cracks in pavement. But they do get into structures where they can become a nuisance.
Found mostly in southeastern states, these ants are light to dark brown in color and measure a little over 3 mm in length. Argentine ants are considered to be only nuisance ants, but they reproduce very rapidly and it is possible for them to spread bacteria.
Odorous house ants
Also around 3 mm, odorous house ants are dark brown to black in color. While these ants are not the only kind of ants that produce a foul odor when squished, they are the only ants that produce the smell of rotten coconuts. Odorous house ants are not pleasant house guests!
Red imported fire ants
These dark red ants are 3 to 5 mm in length and are the most problematic of the ants on this list. While these ants do not typically get into homes, their presence on your Las Vegas property can become a nightmare. The sting from a red imported fire ant can leave a painful, itchy welt, and when these insects swarm and sting multiple times, it can send some individuals to the emergency room.
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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