What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Ants In My Las Vegas Home?

December 30, 2022

If you've got ants in your home, you need to call a Las Vegas pest control company to get rid of them. Home remedies will only get you so far and won't completely eradicate the problem. Call Vantage Pest Control today for a free quote on getting rid of the ants invading your home.

Should I Be Worried If I See One Ant In My House?

One ant in your house could be just one ant in your house. However, it could also be laying down a pheromone trail to the food you have sitting out on your counter for other ants to follow. It could even be an ant from a colony inside your walls on its daily foraging trip to find new food sources.

The only way to be sure if you have an ant colony is to contract a company specializing in ant control in Las Vegas. Vantage Pest Control's technicians are trained and skilled in dealing with ant colonies in your home and on your property.

What Problems Can Ants Create In My Home?

You need ant control in your house if you have one or more colonies inside your walls. To get rid of ants in your Las Vegas home, you need to know what kind of ants you've got. Keep your eyes open for these three types of ants.

The first is pavement ants which can get into your house and build colonies in your insulation, your wall voids, and under your floors. They can contaminate the food left out on your counter or kitchen table. Pavement ants are about 1/8" long and dark brown to black.

The second type is odorous ants, which get their name from their rotten-coconut smell when squished. They will invade your wall voids, especially near hot water pipes, below leaky fixtures, and in your heating system. They also contaminate the food that's sitting out. Odorous ants are 1/16" to 1/8" long and black or brown.

The third kind is pharaoh ants, which cause the same problems as pavement and odorous ants and carry diseases. They're yellowish or reddish and measure 1/16" long. Pharaoh ants can carry and transmit the following diseases:

  • Salmonellosis: Can cause fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea.
  • Staphylococcus: This can cause a wide variety of problems, including skin lesions, boils, impetigo, cellulitis, food poisoning, bloodstream infections, toxic shock syndrome, and septic arthritis.
  • Clostridium: Can cause fever, severe cramping, excessive diarrhea, nausea, decreased appetite, weight loss, rapid heart rate, and dehydration.
  • Streptococcus: This can cause strep throat, skin infections, bloodstream infections, toxic shock syndrome, scarlet fever, rheumatic arthritis, and flesh-eating disease.

Why Are There Ants In My House?

You must understand what attracts ants to your house for effective ant control in Las Vegas. Basically, if you provide any food or water source, ants may move in to have ready access. Ants in Las Vegas are attracted to sweets like honeydew melon, honey, and other fruit. However, they'll eat just about anything.

Ants also need a water source; they will find those areas if you have a leaky pipe or leave water sitting in the sink after washing dishes. Ants will forage up to 30 feet for food and water, so if you have a colony outside your home, you may get ants searching inside your house for these necessities.

How Can I Permanently Get Rid Of The Ants In My House?

The big question now is how to get rid of ants in your Las Vegas home. There are a variety of home remedies you could try, which may have some limited effect. One California State Science Fair project determined that cinnamon was an effective deterrent for ants. The student wrote, "it was as if there was a force field preventing them from entering."

However, for permanent ant control in your house, you should call in a pest control professional at Vantage Pest Control. We're a local family-owned and operated business, so we understand the ants that have invaded your home and know the best ways to get rid of them.

Call Vantage Pest Control for a free quote today and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Las Vegas. Our technicians are ready to inspect your home, assess the degree of the ant colonies' invasion, and treat the problem with the right products to eradicate your ant problem once and for all.

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