Ant Identification

What are ants?

Ants live throughout most of the world in abundance. They are highly social insects that work together and learned to survive by being adaptable and resourceful. People think of ants as nuisance pests, but they do play a significant role in our ecosystem:

  • As ants move through the ground and create tunnels and nesting sites, they help to aerate the soil.
  • Many prey on other insects helping to reduce their populations.
  • They feed on and remove dead plant and animal matter from the ground.
  • As ants travel, they move seeds from place to place, helping plants spread to new areas.
  • Ants help to fertilize the soil. 

pavement ants

There are estimated to be around 700 species of ants living, feeding, and breeding in the United States. Two ants species that regularly move into our yards and structures and cause home and business owners problems throughout Nevada are pavement ants and red ants.

Are ants dangerous?

While ants are extremely important, it is just as essential to keep them from taking over our yards and moving into our homes. The pavement ant is an example of an ant that is considered more of a nuisance pest. When inside our homes, they contaminate surfaces and food with the bacteria they carry on the bodies. They also invade in large numbers, have multiple nesting sites, and are difficult to control and eliminate.

Red ants can be dangerous when they decide to nest on our properties. They make unsightly nests in our yards, are aggressive, and when they feel threatened, deliver painful bites and stings. The venom these pests possess is strong enough to trigger serious reactions in those who are allergic.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants are most active during the spring and summer seasons when the weather is warmest, and there is plenty of food. When ants move onto our properties to forage for food, they become a problem. The ant's diet varies among species, but most eat plants, seeds, small insects, nectar, and honeydew produced by garden aphids. Ants are always out foraging for food to bring back to the nest.

If your property offers food that ants can take advantage of, they won't hesitate to take up residence there. Things like open trash cans, left out pet food, and gardens attract trails of hungry ants.

Where will I find ants?

Most species of ants live in soil, leaf litter, or decaying plants. Pavement ants like to live in the damp soil found in the cracks of sidewalks, driveways, and foundations. They also nest inside masonry walls, brick walls, and rock walls. Inside structures, you can find pavement ants nesting in wall voids and other spaces near water pipes.

Red ants nest in the ground. They like to choose wide-open areas that provide them with plenty of sunlight. Red ants stay away from heavily wooded or shaded areas. The nests they create are large and irregular-shaped mounds of dirt. They rarely move inside to nest but may find their way indoors while foraging for food.

How do I get rid of ants?

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We will work closely with you to control ants on your Nevada property. We have a deep understanding of ant behavior, which helps us protect any property from these pests. Our experts will meet your unique pest control needs using clean, green, organic products. To learn more about eliminating ants through our residential or commercial pest control services, call Natura Pest Control today!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Keeping ants off your property and out of your home is difficult. Ants will exploit any opening they discover to get inside while searching for food or shelter. The best way to avoid problems with ants is to partner with a professional, implement routine pest control services, and eliminate the things from your property that attract them:

  • Wipe down counters and tables daily and vacuum floors regularly. 
  • Eliminate popular foraging sites by keeping lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
  • Block off entry points, seal cracks in the foundation and exterior walls with caulk or another appropriate material.
  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors and repair damaged trim.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors, basement doors, and garage doors.
  • Make sure your gutters are in good working order, fix leaky pipes, and use dehumidifiers to reduce excess moisture that attracts ants to your property.

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