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Ant Identification & Prevention

What are ants?

Ants are social insects and one of the most common, well-known household invaders here in southern Nevada and all throughout the United States. They typically live and nest outside but may move indoors while foraging for food or searching for suitable nesting sites in the temperature-controlled environments our properties provide.

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Ants live together in large numbers; some species have millions in a single colony. They divide into three different castes: workers, males, and queens. The queens and males are the only members of the colony capable of reproducing. The workers are responsible for foraging for food, along with protecting and caring for the entire colony. Ants all have three distinct body regions consisting of a head, thorax, and abdomen. Adult workers are wingless, but the reproductive members have wings.

Are ants dangerous?

Ants can be dangerous to both people and property. Some species deliver painful bites and stings or spread harmful diseases, while others cause structural damage and are a threat to our homes and other structures. The good news is that most household-invading ants are considered nuisance pests and pose no real threat to people or property. However, even nuisance ants should never be allowed in our homes for long. Ants contaminate food and surfaces with the bacteria they carry on their bodies and legs.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants, like all other living creatures, have three basic needs: food, water, and shelter. If your yard is providing them with these needs, they will take full advantage and create nests on your property. Once nesting in your yard or other areas close to your home or business, it is only a matter of time before they find their way inside. Things and places such as open compost bins and trash containers, gardens, leaky fixtures, outdoor eating areas, and pet food will all attract ants.

Where will I find ants?

Ants live together in nests. Depending on the species and environmental conditions, their nesting sites are either inside or outside your building. Typical outdoor nesting sites include: in moist soil, in tree stumps, under fallen trees, under rocks, under landscape ties, and under mulch. Ants that find their way inside of our Las Vegas homes usually build their nests in hard-to-reach areas like above ceilings, behind walls, or under floors.

How do I get rid of ants?

Get rid of your current ant infestation and prevent future ant problems with the help of the local pest control experts at Ace Pest Control. Since 1978, we have been providing the effective pest control services necessary to keep ants and other household pests out of homes and businesses. Our highly trained technicians, modern techniques, and advanced products will solve your pest problems once and for all. To protect your Las Vegas home or business from our area’s toughest pests, contact Ace Pest Control today!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

In addition to our professional ant removal services, the following prevention tips can help you to stop ants from invading your residential or commercial property:

Indoor prevention tips

  • Regularly vacuum your property's floors and wipe down counters and tables to remove crumbs.

  • Remove trash from your home or business daily.

  • Wash dishes daily.

  • Pick up uneaten pet food between feedings.

  • Store food in the refrigerator or in airtight containers, not out on tables or counters.

  • Reduce moisture levels by using dehumidifiers, fixing leaky pipes, and adequately ventilating crawlspaces.

Outdoor prevention tips

  • Leave a 12-18 inch stone or rock barrier between any mulch, soil, or grass and the foundation of your property.

  • Cut tree branches and bushes away from the outside walls of your home or business.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas clean and free of food debris.

  • Pick up fallen fruits and vegetables from garden areas.

  • Seal any openings in your foundation, exterior walls, and roofline.

  • Make sure gutters are in good working order and are directing water away from the outside of your property.

  • Keep tight-fitting or locking lids on outdoor trash cans and compost bins. Store them up off of the ground and away from the outside of your home.

 

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