When it comes to common household pests, one of the toughest to deal with is ants. While they may be tiny, the impact they can have on your property can be quite significant. Ants have sizable populations and can create multiple colonies if there is no intervention. If you leave food out, ants may march over in large numbers to feed. They can invade your trash cans, bite you if you get too close, and create unsightly mounds all over your property. Once they have established themselves, it can be very difficult to successfully drive them out.
At Vegas Bugs, we offer an effective and environmentally-friendly solution to ant problems. Our licensed team of experienced ant control professionals uses the safest materials that are pet friendly and stay in line with local ordinances and regulations while still being potent enough to wipe out even the heaviest of infestations. If you want to get rid of the ants you have on your property and prevent new invasions from seeking out your home, you can’t go wrong by hiring us.
Common Signs of Ant Infestations
Ants are a common household pest that commonly invades lawns, kitchens, and bathrooms. Ants are attracted to our dwellings because they offer an abundance of food, water, and warmth. These insects will often enter through cracks or crevices in the foundation, or sometimes even through windows and doors. Once inside, ants will search for food sources like sugary snacks or crumbs on counters and floors. They can also be attracted to moisture sources such as sinks, bathtubs, and wet clothes.
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When foraging ants discover some food, these ant scouts lay out a pheromone to alert the other worker ants waiting in the colony that they’ve hit the jackpot and to come on over. These ants will then follow a precise ant trail that contains the pheromone which leads them right to the food source.
If you spot a line of dozens of ants marching one behind the other, they know exactly where they are going--either toward food or back to their nest bringing the food home. If you spot this queue of ants marching around in your bathroom or kitchen, you may have a big ant problem on your hands.
Large Ant Mounds
Aside from being an eyesore on a nice uniform lawn (since it looks like a pile of dirt), the presence of mounds is a clear signal of a concerning ant infestation. What is worse is if you find multiple ant mounds on your property because that means that the colony has gotten so big that they’ve had to branch out and build another nest to house the ever-growing population!
Another major worry is if you find an ant mound inside your home! That’s right, on occasion ants can build an ant mound inside of your home, usually within a dark secluded wall void if the conditions are right for them to set up shop.
Some homeowners decide to destroy the mound or break it in some sort of way. We’d advise against doing that (unless you do so using one of our selected insecticides) because they’ll just get angry and ready to bite and will rebuild soon enough.
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If you’re not used to ant problems, you may be shocked to suddenly see ants converging on any food that you may leave out in the open. Whether it is some leftovers you forgot to put away or your kids dropped a crumb or chip, or your pet’s food dish hasn’t been cleaned, ants will appear in droves and will be crawling all over even the tiniest morsel of food if you have an infestation.
Ants are not picky and will eat practically anything that has been left out. This is actually a reason why baiting has been so effective in killing indoor ant invasions because by having your home cleaned and laying out the bait as the only “food source” available to the ants, they won’t resist grabbing it and taking the food back to their nest to share amongst the colony.
In general though, it is important to not leave food out and keep them in sealed airtight containers or place food in the fridge.
Winged ants are reproductive ants and if you happen to see one in or around your home, it should be a cause for concern. Winged swarmer ants (also known as alates) only leave the colony for one reason only: to mate.
Created by the queen and nourished by the worker ants, the reproductive ant gets their wings when they are fully developed so they can leave the nest and fly around looking to swarm and expand the colony further.
In other words, if you see a winged ant flying around, this means that there is already a large infestation of ants nearby and they’re looking to get even bigger.
Aside from the average ant species, there is another species of ant that brings an entirely different set of worrying issues: carpenter ants. As their name states, these ants are buildings and like to use wood to build their nests, similar to termites. When they burrow into wood, they leave behind little wood shavings that look similar to sawdust. If you happen to notice wood particles when cleaning up, then it may possibly be the work of this ant species.
Carpenter ants also like to live in the walls, and because they are most active at night, if you listen closely you may even hear them making a soft rustling noise. This is the sound of the ants at work burrowing away and destroying your wood.
Common Ants In Las Vegas Valley & How We Approach Control
There are thousands of ant species in the world with each having their own unique habits and tendencies. That’s why it’s important to have a professional who knows about the common ant invaders in the area inspect your property and properly identify the ant present.
At Vegas Bugs, our team specializes in ant control and modifies the products and treatment methods we use depending on the ant species present. We’re aware of the ants that invade Centennial Hills, Summerlin, and surrounding areas and know what it takes to control them.
Our team has successfully treated these common invading ants in the area:
- Acrobat ants
- Argentine ants
- Carpenter ants
- Fire ants
- Pavement ants
- Little black ants
- Pharaoh ants
- And more!
By contacting our team, we will discuss your problem with you, listen to your concerns, inspect your property for your ant problem, and work quickly to develop an effective solution that will eliminate the infestation and keep it gone.
Contact Vegas Bugs today and stop ants in their tracks. Dial (702) 553-1771 to schedule a free estimate! Hablamos español!