Ant Control Services 
in Reno

Ant Extermination Solutions for Nevada Homeowners

They have large colonies, an even larger queen, and a humongous appetite for whatever you leave lying around uncovered. That’s right, ants. A common problem for homeowners everywhere, it can be hard to totally wipe them off your property, but there are actions that can be taken if they are creating unsightly mounds on your lawn or marching their way indoors foraging for food. Thankfully, by putting Truckee Meadows Pest Control in your contacts, we will always be one call away from protecting your home from an ant invasion. 

Schedule one of our Reno pest experts for ant control services by dialing (775) 535-5788 or completing our simple online form. We provide free estimates for all and offer special discounts for seniors and military members!

Why Choose Truckee Meadows Pest Control for Your Ant Control Needs

When it comes to effective ant control, Truckee Meadows Pest Control is the trusted choice for homeowners in Reno, NV. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing top-notch service and ensuring your home remains ant-free.

Here are some reasons why you should choose us:

  • Expertise: Our technicians have extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with ant infestations. We stay up-to-date with the latest ant control methods and use the most effective products to eliminate ants from your home.
  • Customized Solutions: We understand that every ant infestation is unique. That's why we tailor our ant control solutions to meet the specific needs of your home. Whether you're dealing with Argentine ants, carpenter ants, or any other ant species, we have the expertise to handle it.
  • Safe and Eco-Friendly: At Truckee Meadows Pest Control, we prioritize the safety of your family and pets. We use eco-friendly ant control products that are effective in eliminating ants while minimizing any harm to the environment.
  • Long-Term Results: Our goal is to provide long-term ant control solutions. We don't just eliminate the ants you see; we also target their nests to prevent future infestations. Our proactive approach ensures that your home remains ant-free for the long haul.
  • Excellent Customer Service: We value our customers and strive to provide the best customer service experience. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always ready to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide guidance on ant prevention strategies.

Don't let ants take over your home. Trust Truckee Meadows Pest Control for effective and reliable ant control solutions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What are some steps I can take to prevent ant infestations?

To prevent an ant infestation, start by sealing any cracks or crevices in the foundation of your home and replace or repair any damaged weather stripping. Additionally, keep food stored in airtight containers and remove sources of standing water around the property. Finally, clear away debris such as leaves and grass clippings near the home.

How do I know if I have an ant problem?

Signs of an ant problem include seeing small ants crawling on counters or other surfaces, finding mounds of dirt on your lawn, and discovering trails of ants leading from outside into your house.

What methods can be used to control an existing ant infestation?

Common techniques used for controlling existing problems include baiting with insecticides that target the queen so she cannot lay eggs as well as using contact-killing insecticides that will kill any ants they come into contact with.

Are there natural methods for controlling ants?

There are many natural methods for controlling ants such as setting up barriers with diatomaceous earth, using peppermint oil to repel them, and sprinkling borax around entry points. However it is important to note that these methods may not eliminate a large-scale infestation.

Common Ants That Invade Reno Households

Ants are closely related to bees and wasps. They are social insects that live in colonies that have various specialized groups. Most ants in a colony are workers and do most of the foraging for food, raise the young, and defend the colony. Ants have three body segments head, thorax, and abdomen with a pinched waist. Most ants are identified by the type of antennae (elbowed or clubbed) and by the number of nodes in between the abdomen and thorax. Reproductive ants are winged and are often mistaken as termites. To be able to tell the difference, termites have two body segments and the same size pair of wings vs. ants having three body segments and forewings larger than their hind wings.

Common Ant Species in Your Home and How to Identify Them

  • Carpenter Ants: Identifying and Understanding Their Habits – The carpenter ant is polymorphic meaning that there can be more than one size ant in the colony ranging from 1/8” to 1/2” with the queen up to 5/8”. Identified by having one node in between the thorax and abdomen and elbowed 12 segmented antennae without a club. They do not sting but their powerful jaws can produce a painful pinch. Carpenter ants attack wood that has high moisture content. They do not consume wood but cut galleries that leave behind sawdust-like shavings.
  • Harvester Ants: The Outdoor Foragers Rarely Seen Indoors – Fairly large 1/4 to ½ an inch and orange to reddish in color. Antennae are 12 segments without a club. They have two nodes between the abdomen and thorax. Found in fields their mounds are stripped of vegetation. The mound consists of small pebbles that have been excavated and usually have 3 entrances. Harvester ants are herbivorous and feed on seeds from the surrounding vegetation and are rarely found in homes. They will bite and have a mildly painful sting. There are two types of Harvester ants in Nevada the California Harvester and the Western Harvester.
  • Pavement Ants: The Common Indoor Intruders – This ant gets its name from commonly having its nest under cracks in pavement. Light brown to black with paler legs 1/16” to 1/8”. The antenna has 12 segments with a 3-segmented club. 2 nodes between the abdomen and thorax. Colonies are fairly large containing 3-4000 ants and several queens. Outside they live under rocks or in slab-constructed homes. Foraging becomes a problem in homes during the summer months.

What are the Signs You Have an Ant Infestation?

Detecting an ant infestation early is crucial to prevent it from escalating. Here are some signs that indicate you might have an ant infestation:

  • Visible Ants Inside Your Home: A Sure Sign of Trouble: Seeing ants indoors, especially in large numbers, is a clear sign of an infestation. They may be seen trailing along walls, floors, or countertops, particularly in areas where food is present.
  • Ant Trails: The Pathway to the Problem: Ants typically follow scent trails to and from their nest to food sources. You may notice well-defined trails of ants moving back and forth between their nest and a food source.
  • Ant Nests: Uncovering the Source of the Infestation: Depending on the species, ant nests can be found both indoors and outdoors. Look for small piles of soil or debris near your home’s foundation, in gardens, or under paving stones, as these may indicate ant nests.
  • Frass: Telltale Signs of Carpenter Ant Activity: Some ant species create nests inside wooden structures. Frass, which is a mix of wood particles, soil, and insect waste, may be visible near entry points or around the nest.
  • Rustling Noises: Listening for Carpenter Ants: Certain ant species, such as carpenter ants, may make rustling or crinkling sounds inside wooden structures as they excavate tunnels and chambers.
  • Visible Wood Damage: A Red Flag for Carpenter Ants: Carpenter ants can cause structural damage to wooden elements of buildings. Look for hollow-sounding or damaged wood, especially in areas prone to moisture like basements and attics.
  • Piles of Frass or Debris: Evidence of an Active Ant Colony: Similar to termite infestations, some ants, particularly carpenter ants, push frass out of their nests. This can accumulate below entry points or on surfaces beneath infested wood.
  • Worker Ants Indoors: A Sign of a Nearby Nest: Worker ants are responsible for foraging for food and maintaining the colony. Finding dead or living worker ants indoors, particularly near food sources or in areas where moisture is present, is a sign of infestation.
  • Indoor Ant Nests: Hidden Habitats in Your Home: Some ant species, such as pharaoh ants, build nests indoors in hidden areas like wall voids, behind baseboards, or in cabinets. Look for signs of nesting activity in these locations.
  • Plant Damage: Ants and Their Farming Practices: Certain ant species farm aphids or scale insects for their honeydew. If you notice damage to plants or the presence of aphids, it could indicate an ant infestation nearby.

If you suspect you have an ant infestation, it's essential to address it promptly to prevent further damage and potential health risks. Consulting with a pest control professional can help identify the extent of the infestation and develop an effective treatment plan.

    “We have had excellent service with Truckee Meadows Pest Control. They are very knowledgeable and the technician that serves us is very detailed-oriented and thorough with his approach. Units and buildings are thoroughly inspected in order to create effective treatment plans and follow-ups are consistent. We are very pleased with their service at our property and would highly recommend!”

    Sierra W.

How We Address Ant Invasions

At Truckee Meadows Pest Control, we have seen and addressed ant infestations of all shapes and sizes. Through our extensive experience, we can confidently handle any ant species your home may be plagued with. We conduct thorough inspections to identify the exact species present, then use our knowledge of their habits and tendencies to formulate an effective control plan which can consist of baits, insecticide concentrates, and barrier treatments. If there are mounds present, we can drench them with our selected insecticide and strategically apply them so it reaches all the way to the queen of the colony, significantly impacting the entire population. We’ll even conduct a preventative treatment to reduce the chances of re-infestation.

When all is said and done, you can rest assured that your ant problems will be a thing of the past. So what are you waiting for? It all starts by reaching out to us for a free no-obligation estimate.

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