Ants

It has been said that Ants have been around for about 100 million years! They have evolved a unique set of behavioral and physiological adaptations. They are able to discover food quickly and efficiently.  A lone ant begins with leaving the nest in search of food and keeps track of her compass bearing to home.  When she finds food, she will find the shortest, direct route back to the colony carrying an ample sample back to share. On the way back she will leave pheromone or odor deposits to mark the trail for others to follow. If ants are trailing indoors, most generally, baits are the most effective way of controlling them. The object is to kill out the colony. The ants you see trailing are, at most, 10% of the colony. Therefore, if you kill the ones you see, 90% or more of the colony remain alive. If we let the ones we see carry the bait back to the colony, they become our messengers to feed the pesticide to the others. Ants share their liquid foods with other ants and in this way share the pesticide bait with the rest of the colony.

In the general Las Vegas homes, we primarily deal with only 3 or 4 of the 9 or 10 thousand species of ants in the world. In warmer weather, which is most of the year, we may be able to find the source outside and treat them directly.  When it is colder and/or wet, they tend to go subterranean and then we must resort to a baiting program. It is then very helpful to be able to identify the variety as they all have different habits. Understanding the habits is essential in successful baiting.
So far, the Department of Agriculture and the pest control industry have been able to keep fire ants out of Nevada. I’m reasonably sure that eventually, a colony will develop, un-noticed and spread throughout Southern Nevada. In the meanwhile, we as an industry are ever diligent in keeping them at bay.

We do have an ant that is native that packs a very big whollup. It is a rather large, red/orange in color and seldom invades homes. It is a California Harvester. As the name implies, it forages for seeds and small plant material. They do not typically form a trail. When they bite, they also sting. The effects of the sting can last up to 37 days. (I can remember being stung some 70 years ago). A close relative of the California Harvester is the Western Harvester. It is brown in color and does not sting. These ants typically make a rather large hill of excavated soil out in the open.

Treatments for ant infestations, in most cases, can be accomplished with very low impact materials quite successfully.

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