Have you noticed that we have a lot of ants in Reno? You can find them on your back deck. You can find them crawling all over your driveway and around the entrances to your home. You can find them making mounds in your lawn. And sometimes you can find them getting into your Reno home—sometimes by the hundreds of thousands. This can be quite a nuisance. But ants aren't just a nuisance. Let's take a look at some of the ways ants in Reno can be a threat, and what you need to know to reduce this threat.
Common Ant Problems In Reno
While there is a long list of ants that can come into your yard, there is a much shorter list of common pest ants. These are the ants that can present a unique threat to your health and property.
Fire Ants — If these ants choose to come into your yard, they can pose a serious threat to your health. Stings from fire ants have the ability to cause an allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. The symptoms of anaphylaxis may include a swelling of the tongue and throat, trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or shock. The onset of symptoms can be mistaken for the flu as stomach cramps, diarrhea, and nausea are common. An allergy to fire ant venom can develop later in life, and this can take you by surprise if you've been bitten several times without incidence.
Crazy Ants — These ants can come into your yard by the millions. When they do, they present a threat to electronic equipment as they can get in and cause things to short circuit.
Carpenter Ants — These ants tunnel inside wood. When they get into your property, they can start by damaging wood that has been compromised by moisture damage, and expand their tunnels into sound, undamaged wood.
Pharaoh Ants — These ants are a unique health threat as they are drawn to feed on the open wounds of wildlife and pets. This makes them a vector for diseases.
Argentine Ants, Pavement Ants, And Other Nuisance Ants
Most ants that come into your yard and get into your home are just a nuisance. If they present a threat, it is only mild. It is possible for these ants to climb around in your trash and carry microorganisms into your stored foods. But you're probably not going to eat a food source that has had ants crawling around inside it.
If you reduce the things that attract ants to your yard, you can reduce your chances of having ants get into your home—assuming they haven't gotten in already.
- Reduce exterior moisture and address oversaturation of your foundation perimeter.
- Rake leaves up and remove them.
- Put bagged trash in clean receptacles.
- Refrain from feeding pets outside.
When ants explore your exterior walls, they get in by accident. If you reduce entry points, you can reduce your chances of an infestation.
Seal entry points around doors and windows.
Seal cracks in foundation walls.
Seal gaps around foundation penetrations.
Most ants that get into your home aren't going to establish a nest inside. They're going to collect the food source they've found and retreat to their nest outside. You can reduce invasions by not giving ants a desirable food source. Here are a few tips:
Refrain from leaving dirty dishes in a stack near or inside your sink.
Routinely vacuum your rugs.
Clean spills up immediately.
Consider only eating in the dining room and kitchen.
Put pet food down only during meal times.
Keep your trash in sealed containers.
If you have kids, do a routine sweep of your home and look for food sources left by your kids, like an apple behind the couch, or pieces of cookie under the cushion of a chair.
If you need help with ant control around or inside your Reno home, we can help. Reach out to Natura Pest Control for advanced pest solutions. We can provide one-time service to eliminate ants in your home, or get you started with year-round pest control service to get control of ants and other pests all year long. Life is a whole lot better without ants. Get control of ants starting today.