Why Professional Ant Control Is More Cost-Effective For Your Las Vegas Home

You've probably noticed that we have several pest ant species in the Las Vegas area. Some of the most common are Argentine, black harvester, carpenter, velvety, ghost, bigheaded, and southern fire ants. All of these ants have slightly different behavior patterns and food, temperature, and habitat preferences. So it can be difficult to get control of ant infestations. This causes Las Vegas homeowners to waste a lot of time, energy, and money—only to have their ant infestations continue or get worse. It can be a nightmare. Let's take a look at a few ways it pays to call a professional when you have an ant problem, starting with this first example.

carpenter ant on wood

DIY Ant Control

Where ants can hurt your wallet the most is in the way that they can resist your attempts to get control of them. The internet is full of ant control tips. Sadly, many of them fall short of solving ant problems. Some make the problem worse by causing ant colonies to split into two or more colonies. And a few of them are downright dangerous.

Why does DIY ant control fail?

  • The ants are not properly identified.

  • The wrong product is used.

  • Ineffective household concoctions are used.

  • Sprays are used to kill ants on contact and the colony isn't dealt with.

  • The right product is applied in the wrong way.

  • The product is diluted or wears out.

  • The ant colony responds unexpectedly.

  • Baits are set in the wrong locations.

There are many more, but you get the point. Even when you use the right products to eliminate the ants in your yard, you can get undesirable results. This leads you to attempt something else, and spend more money. If you start by contacting a licensed ant control professional, you can save yourself a lot of frustration, and wasted money.

Carpenter Ant Damage

In our service area, we have black carpenter ants which are able to do damage to homes and businesses. This is because they tunnel into wood to establish their nests. As their nests grow, and as one nest becomes several nests, these ants can weaken support beams and put a strain on structural timbers. If left untreated, a carpenter ant infestation can lead to costly repairs. These ants cost U.S. property owners hundreds of millions of dollars each and every year. If you invest in professional ant control, you can avoid being a part of that statistic.

Southern Fire Ant Bites

When your yard gets invaded by fire ants, it can be annoying. They climb onto your feet, hold on with their mouth parts, and sting with the tips of their abdomens. The venom they administer can cause inflamed red welts on your skin that itch like crazy. But they can be more than just irritating pests. Some people are allergic to the venom of fire ants. When bitten, it can lead to a hospital visit. And it can be life-threatening. This can have a financial cost and an emotional cost. No one likes to see someone they love suffer.

Nuisance Ants

There are several ants that are considered a nuisance in our area. But nuisance ants can also cause contamination of foods. They're ability to crawl around in your trash one minute, and on your sensitive locations in your kitchen the next, make them a hazard for the spread of harmful bacteria. If you find hundreds of ants crawling on a piece of fruit in a basket on your kitchen island, be sure to wash that fruit before eating it. If you find ants in packaged food, it is best to throw that food out. Ant infestations can cost you money as you deal with stomach illness, or when you have to throw food products out.

Ant Control In Las Vegas

If you have an ant infestation, we know how to get rid of those ants. We use science-based ant control methods and products, like insect growth regulators, to target the ants you're battling and eliminate the colonies that sent them. If you have questions or you'd like to schedule service for your Las Vegas home, reach out to us. We're standing ready to assist you with your pest control needs.


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