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Ants are the number one nuisance pest in the country. There are more than 12,000 ant species in the world, and around 700 species right here in North America. You may spot ants in your landscaping, your patio, and even in your home foraging for food. Most ants are generally harmless, but some will bite and others, in the case of carpenter ants, will cause structural damage.
Ants are social pests. They live in large colonies with hundreds or even thousands of ants. In fact, for every ant you see, there’s likely 9 more hiding nearby. Furthermore, while ants are more active in spring and summer, if they’ve made their way into your home, they could be a year-round pest for you. Fortunately, there are various steps you can take to help prevent ants in your Las Vegas area home.
Eliminate Water Sources to Prevent Ants
Ants need water to survive. This is why you commonly see them underneath sinks and near water leaks. Repair water leaks and eliminate other sources of moisture to help deter ants. If you have pets, consider designated feeding times, then put their dishes away afterward. Ants are attracted to pet food and water.
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Remove Wood to Prevent Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are especially attracted to moist or rotting wood. Remove any wet or rotting wood from your home, and trim back shrubs and plants in your landscaping. Ants often use shrubs as bridges to gain entry into homes. If you keep firewood, store it away from your home.
Maintain Cleanliness to Prevent Ants
It’s no surprise that ants are attracted to crumbs and sugar substances. So one of the best things you can do to help prevent ants is to keep your home clean. Vacuum, sweep, wash dishes, and wipe down surfaces regularly.
Prevent Ants by Storing Food Properly
As with other common household pests, it’s important to keep your food stored in airtight containers. Restricting access to your food will help keep ants out, and keep your food fresh.
Seal Cracks to Prevent Ants
Ants can enter your home through small cracks around your home like near utility lines, window sills, door frames, and more. Walk around the perimeter of your home, looking for small cracks and seal them using a silicone-based caulk. Caulk will degrade over time as it’s exposed to the elements, so reapply as necessary.
Professional Ant Exterminators
It’s pretty easy to tell if you have an ant infestation. You may see mounds of dirt near your home, or see them walking in a trail throughout your home. If you have an ant problem and want it quickly eliminated, contact Pest Control Inc. We provide safe and effective ant treatments for both homeowners and businesses in the Las Vegas area. And if ants are a constant issue for you, we can customize a plan that fits your needs and your budget. Call us today for a free estimate!
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