Ants are among the most common pests in the United States, and this is true for Reno as well. You’ll likely come across these small insects in or around your home at some point. But not all ant species are the same. While some species are just harmless nuisance pests, others can pose health risks or cause property damage.
In Reno, there are six species of ants that you’re most likely to encounter: odorous house ants, pavement ants, little black ants, Argentine ants, fire ants, and carpenter ants.
Of these six, only fire ants and carpenter ants are considered harmful. Fire ants can bite and sting, and carpenter ants cause property damage as they tunnel through wood. However, the other four species are also a cause for concern as they can contaminate food.

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Learn More About Nuisance Ants

There are four main nuisance ant species in Reno, and while they aren’t particularly harmful, they are still a problem to have around. These ants don’t harm people or pets, and they don’t cause any property damage either. However, the biggest issue with them is that any food they touch will need to be thrown out since they may be carrying bacteria. They can also contaminate food-prep surfaces.

To help you identify nuisance ants from dangerous and destructive ants, here is a brief guide to the appearance of these four species.

Pavement ants: These ants are most often found outside around sidewalks, but they sometimes make their way indoors. They are light brown to a black color and their legs are slightly lighter than their bodies.

Argentine ants: While not destructive, Argentine ants are an invasive species that can have large, expansive colonies making them hard to get rid of. They are a light to dark brown color and their antennae have 12 segments.

Odorous house ants: This species gets its name because of the smell of rotten coconuts they emit when crushed. They are usually dark brown and have a rather proportionally large and unevenly shaped thorax.

Little black ants: As their name suggests, they are usually a black color and are rather tiny. They also have no spines and an unevenly rounded thorax.

More About Dangerous And Destructive Ants

Fire ants are well-known for their painful stings. Usually found outside, their stings can leave you with a burning and itchy feeling. Their bites aren’t always dangerous, but some people are allergic to them. If you’re swarmed and attacked by a lot of them at once, you could end up going to the hospital.

The second problem ant is the carpenter ant, and this species can do a great deal of property damage. They destroy wooden structures in a way similar to termites, but they tunnel through the wood to make nests instead of eating it. They can do considerable damage to anything from flooring to support beams to drywall.

Protect Your Home From All Ants

If you’re dealing with any ant species, whether nuisance ants or more harmful ones, the experts at Pestmaster® Services are here to help. Getting rid of ant infestations on your own can be difficult as they are so prolific and can hide in many small spaces. With over 40 years of experience, you can trust that our technicians will be able to handle any ant problem. Get started today by giving us a call and requesting a free quote.

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