For every one human, there are approximately a million ants. With this many ants roaming the earth, a few are bound to end up in your home. Ants are an especially prominent problem in the Las Vegas area, as the weather is ideal, and the environment is perfect for building colonies.
What Kinds of Ants?
In Las Vegas, the most common ants that you will run into are Argentine Ants, Southern Fire Ants, Black Harvester Ants, Velvety Tree Ants, Carpenter Ants, and Odorous Ants. Argentine Ants are not particularly dangerous to humans, and do not participate in activities such as in biting, stinging, attacking, or swarming, however, the rate at which they breed is so fast, that their colonies grow tremendously quick and can rapidly get to the point of taking over a home or property. They have multiple queens within a single colony, which contributes to the rapid reproduction, and they live longer than most other ant breeds.
Southern Fire Ants truly bring the heat. They are extremely aggressive, and have no fear of humans, unlike most other ant breeds. Instead of running when people or animals approach, they prefer to go on the offensive and attack. These bites are excruciating and often cause allergic reactions, even to those who are not allergic to most insects.
Carpenter Ants are not as directly harmful to humans, however, as their name implies, they love wood. Similar to termites, they attack wood structures, chewing up both wood and other building materials, destroying support structures and potentially causing serious damage to a home or property.
Preventing Ant Invasions
When it comes to ants, hiring a professional from the beginning is the best way to prevent, detect, and eliminate ant infestations in your home. Since there are a variety of ant species, and different precautions apply to each one, going with an expert is essential to the success of protecting your household. In addition to regular pest control services, there are a few things you can do on your own to help prevent these pesky pests as well.
Removing debris, trash, waste, and unnecessary belongings from your yard eliminates ideal hiding grounds for ants to start colonizing. You should also reduce or eliminate any standing water on your property, no matter how small of a puddle it may be. Just like when humans began colonizing, ants prefer locations near water sources, so removing these areas of standing water makes your yard less ideal of a home. To help prevent any ants from getting inside your house, make sure that there are no cracks in or around the foundation, windows, and doors, and if there are, seal them up immediately.
Protecting Your Home
As many precautions as you take to prevent an ant infestation, there still is a chance they will get into your home. If you start to notice signs of ants in and around your house, don’t try to take measures into your own hands. Some home remedies may actually attract more ants. Save yourself the trouble and call the experts at Tri-X Pest Management at the first sign of an invasion.