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This Week’s Pest Of  The Week: The Acrobat Ant

 

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This species of ant is named the “Acrobat,” because of the manner in which the worker ants carry their abdomens above the rest of the body, as if performing a balancing act. They vary in color from yellowish brown to dark brown, and the heart-shaped abdomen is usually darker than the rest of the body. Acrobat ants may produce winged, reproductive individuals (males and females) called swarmers. Although the swarmers are harmless, they may be the first sign of ants invading.

Acrobat ants feed on a variety of foods, including other garden insects and sweets, particularly the honeydew produced by aphids, scales and mealybugs. Their outdoor nests are commonly discovered in dead or decaying wood, such as logs, stumps and trees limbs, firewood and hollow tree cavities. They may also nest in the damp soil, found underneath leaf  litter or rocks.

Small worker ants may cause pest control problems, when they enter buildings through cracks, found around windows and doors and other openings. Indoors they can be found in wood or cavities that are kept moist with water; from leaks. They may also nest in foam insulating board or sheathing. As they excavate larger galleries, to be used as nest sites, sawdust may be deposited near the nest area.

 

Friday Links Round-Up

 

It Pay’s To Work For A Profit

I realize this question may vary due to location and product pricing, but how do you determine a fair price for pest control? Here’s the answer.

Tips On How To Tell That A Spider Is NOT A Brown Recluse

Here are some more brown recluse tips from Heritage Pest Control in New Jersey:

http://www.heritagepestcontrolnj.com/blog/2012/09/28/tips-on-how-to-tell-that-a-spider-is-not-a-brown-recluse-part-2-of-2/

Tulsa Man Shares His West Nile Virus Survival Story

The West Nile Virus continues to be a serious problem in Oklahoma with some 123 confirmed cases this year that have resulted in seven deaths. Of those 123 statewide West Nile cases, 29 have been from the city of Tulsa which has caused two deaths. Tulsa resident, Jim Schmidt, was one of the fortunate people who contracted the deadly West Nile but survived. More…

Common Household Items That Help Get Rid Of Ants

Here are a few pointers on how to eliminate ant infestations. Severe infestations should be examined by a pest management professional and treated accordingly. Professional pest control service is the only way to eliminate persistent pest problems.

http://www.propacificpestcontrol.com/2012/ants/common-household-items-that-help-get-rid-of-ants-%E2%80%93-organic-method/

Infected Mosquitoes Spread West Nile Virus

West Nile virus has been getting a lot of media attention lately as several states have been affected by the virus. In fact, as of September 18, 2012, the CDC reports that 48 states have reported the virus infection in people, birds, or mosquitoes. They’ve also identified 3,142 cases of the West Nile virus disease in people, including 134 deaths. More…

Rodent-Proof Your Home Before It’s Too Late!

Rodents are some of the most destructive and bacteria-infested creatures that can get into our homes. Not only do they spread disease by simply trotting along inside our homes or attics, but they often leave behind material that could be fatal to many of us. Rodent droppings present the threat of e-coli and as it dries and turns to dust, also puts us at risk for the Hantavirus. More…

 

Remember, contact Bulwark Exterminating for all of your pest control needs!

 

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Anthony Ball is a Content Marketing Manager with Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in nine states, including thirteen major cities. While Bulwark provides pest extermination for common pests like ants, roaches, crickets and spiders; the company’s differentiating aspect is great personalized service. Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems.

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