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THE HARVESTER ANT IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY

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THE HARVESTER ANT IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY

The Las Vegas Valley is home to several types of harvester ants. The harvester ant gets its name from its behavior of collecting seeds. There are 22 species of harvester ants found in the United States

The most common types of harvester ants are the California harvester ant, Florida harvester ant, red harvester ant, black harvester ant and the Western harvester ant. All are limited to west of the Mississippi River except the Florida harvester ant.

Harvester ant mounds are moderate to large in size depending on the species. Typically, large areas surrounding the mound are stripped of vegetation to prevent shading since harvester ants usually remain within the nest during the hottest part of the day. Most harvester ant species will periodically move their nest in response to a change in microclimate caused by shading of overhead vegetation.

Swarming typically occurs during the summer season, specifically in the afternoon following a rainfall. Harvester ants collect seeds as their main food source, but they also feed on other insects.  Harvester ants do not invade structures, but they are still considered an urban pest because their nests are often located near homes or in yards.

In addition to posing threats to property in urban settings the harvester ants are also known to sting when their nest is disturbed. Harvester ant stings can cause painful sores and possible allergic reactions in people. Some species have a stinger with reverse barbs, so it actually breaks off in the wound, like that of a honeybee.

Homeowners should consider working with a licensed pest professional to employ a preventative pest management plan if a harvester ant infestation is suspected.

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