Ant Identification & Prevention

About Ant Pest Control In Reno

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If you are tired of ant traipsing through your yard and home, we can help. Learn about ants in Reno and how to make sure they don't become a permanent fixture in your house with the help of our Reno ant pest control guide.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Ants

What are ants?

Ants are a type of social insect. They live worldwide and are especially prevalent in tropical areas that provide them with two of their favorite things; warmth and moisture. However, many ant species have made themselves at home in Northern Nevada's diverse climate.

Ants have three distinct body parts; head, thorax, and abdomen. They also have bent antennae and six legs. Reproductive members of an ant colony have wings; however, worker ants make up most of an ant colony, and they do not possess wings.

Worker ants gather food, defend the colony, and maintain the nest. They are the ants you regularly see moving around your yard and home.

Are ants dangerous?

Most ants aren't harmful and are considered nuisance pests. Pavement ants and odorous house ants are examples of nuisance ants that regularly invade Nevada homes. While these and other nuisance ants aren't dangerous, they don't belong in our homes because of their ability to contaminate food and spread bacteria.

However, in our area, we do have a couple of species of ants we need to be wary of, specifically the carpenter ant and red ant.

Carpenter ants are less harmful to people than to our properties. Carpenter ants nest inside wood, preferring damp or decaying wood. When carpenter ants get into our homes and decide to stay and nest, their presence, over time, will lead to structural damage. In addition, they indicate that there is likely a moisture problem somewhere in your home. 

Red ants are tiny but super aggressive. Having these ants nesting in your yard puts you, your kids, and your pets at risk of receiving painful, venom-filled stings. Red ants defend themselves and their nests by biting and stinging; they often attack as a group leading to multiple stings. Those allergic to their venom can experience severe and sometimes life-threatening reactions.

Why do I have an ant problem?

An ant's constant search for food and water is what draws them to our yards and homes. Leaky pipes and fixtures, trash cans, pet food, and our gardens are just too much for ants to pass up.

Whether ants are nesting in your yard or a neighboring yard, you may find ants trailing throughout your property, gathering food to bring back to the nest. Once ants find food, they will lay down a pheromone trail to alert other colony members. Ants will keep returning to any property day after day that provides them with food.

Where will I find ants?

Most ants nest outdoors and are only in our homes to forage for food. They move from their outdoor nest into your house, attracted by food odors emitted from your kitchen. Their outdoor nests are often in areas of your yard that put ants near your home; inside pieces of wood, the soil next to foundations or sidewalks, or in the damp soil under mulch, landscaping ties, and woodpiles.

If ants ever get into your house and decide to stay and build a nest, the nest will likely be inside a piece of structural wood, behind wall voids near water pipes, or inside vents or electrical equipment.

If you are concerned about ants nesting outside in your yard or inside of your home, immediately reach out to us for help identifying the ants and their nesting sites.

How do I get rid of ants?

The best ant solution is a professional solution. There are many ways to rid your home of ants, but the best way is to partner with us at Celtic Pest Control. We offer year-round solutions to keep ants and other common household pests out of your Reno or surrounding area home.

Our goal is to provide our customers with high-quality home and commercial pest control at an honest rate. We are a local company and proud to be part of the communities we serve. Trust us to do the job the right way! Call us today to learn more about our effective ant pest control control solutions in Northern Nevada.

How can I prevent ants in the future?

You can do several things in and around your property to help avoid problems with ants. Listed below are our most helpful prevention tips:

  • Maintain a barrier between any mulch or grass and your foundation. Rake leaves and weeds back from the foundation.
  • Address leaky pipes and hoses that will dampen the soil around your home's perimeter. Ants love damp soil.
  • Never stack wood or other materials near your home. 
  • Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins to reduce food odors and food sources.
  • Maintain a clean kitchen and store leftover food in the fridge or containers with airtight lids.
  • Seal cracks in your foundation, roofline, and exterior walls. 
  • Replace damaged screens and weatherstripping.

For home ant pest control in Reno, NV, reach out to Celtic Pest Control now!

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