RENO, Nev. -- They've invaded homes in Northern Nevada all summer and they don't seem to be slowing down. Ants are becoming a bigger problem this year due to the weather conditions. A small crumb can lead to an army of ants taking over your home, but it's going to take a lot more than bug spray to get rid of these unwanted guests.
"You've probably seen them crawling on your floors or even your kitchen counters, and it doesn't take a lot of time before they start multiplying. If you see one, it's a safe bet that there's colony not too far behind it.
"Basically ants enter homes because they're after one of two things, either food or water," Jeff Knight, state entomologist said.
Whether your home is clean or dirty, the ants don't discriminate; they'll go anywhere for a quick meal.
"The drought has helped, things are drier so they're looking for water, less food outside so they're coming in more often looking for food," Knight said.
Bug sprays are only temporary fixes. For Laura Newman, Kolo 8 News Now's sales department manager says she can't get rid of them.
"It's not going to go away. once they start coming, they're just going to start coming and there's going to be more and more of them," she said. "I moved all the food and I try to get all the food out."
Unfortunately, there is no sure-fire way to get rid of them but knight says the key is killing the source with a poisonous bait.
"Instead of having one queen in the colony, you actually have a number of them. So when you try to control them, you not only have to get one queen, you have to get a bunch of them," Knight said.
Within minutes, the ants will take it and bring the poison back to clan.
"Ants pick it up and take it back to the queen and feed it to the queen and the larvae and everyone else in the colony..you'll get rid of the colony
Otherwise, make sure you don't leave food out, check your faucets for any leaks, and pet owners should put away their food after a meal.
"You're never going to seal a home tight enough to keep an ant out."
You can find Combat bait that Knight suggests at just about any big-box store for under $10.