Friday Link’s Round-Up
Can You Identify Any of These Invaders?
Want to play a fun pest control game? Click here, and see if you can guess how many of these common pest invaders you might know, just from at their pictures.
Tulsa Facing Invasion of Black Widows
Oklahoma Poison Control is now informing the State’s residents that there are more Black Widow spiders than normal this year. The mild weather has allowed the dangerous spider to thrive, and that means there numbers are up. More…
DC Laws Complicate Animal Removal
Animal removal within a commercial facility is difficult no matter what the situation. With the addition of complex animal removal regulations in Washington, DC, control has become a bit more complicated. More…
4 Pests That Damage Ornamental Plants
Pest Of The Week: Odorous House Ant
The color of the Odorous House Ant can range from dark brown to shiny black, and the workers are typically about 1/8 inch long. The Odorous house ant gets its name from the strong odor it emits, when crushed. The unpleasant smell that results has been compared to rotting coconuts.
Odorous ant colonies can have up to 10,000 workers who forage for food in long, distinct trails. These long trails of ants are often seen indoors, as they crawl over household surfaces; contaminating everything along the way. The Odorous House Ant will eat just about anything sweet it encounters, however it prefers the honeydew produced by common garden pests, like aphids and mealybugs.
Outdoors the Odorous House Ant makes shallow soil nests under any material on the ground, within hollow trees, or in any other available cavity. Inside homes, these ants cause pest control problems, when they build their nests in wall voids, under insulation in crawl spaces, or within cavities in wood.