Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control Information
Why are people so afraid of spiders? Why does even the thought of one give most of us the heebie-jeebies? Here are 10 reasons. Moreâ€¦
Home Remedies for Itchy Insect Stings
The Proper Way to Conduct a Bed Bug Inspection
Make sure you get all the facts before you hire a bed bug inspector. You don’t want to have to deal with these tiny blood-sucking pests, again and again. There’s a proper way these inspections are done. Moreâ€¦
Top Tweets: Bed Bug Control Horror Stories
FMC Pest Wire shares some of their best pest control and bedbug tweets for the month of August, in this tweet round-up of sorts. Moreâ€¦
Scientists Shut Down Reproductive Ability, Desire In Pest Insects
If we take away insect’s desire to reproduce, have we essentially solved the world’s insect pest problems? Read moreâ€¦
Pest Of The Week: The Thief Ant
One of the most crafty and sly insects found on this planet happens to be the thief ant. These tiny ants, measuring about 1.5-2.2 millimeters in length, are adequately named because of their sneaky â€œkidnappingâ€ like activities. Thief ants will steal the larvae of other ant species, and of other insect larvae, to eat. They will also steal food form other ant nests, and supply the colony with sustenance.
Sometimes referred to as grease ants or sugar ants, thief ants love greasy things. Some of their favorite foods include: sugary sweets, soda, meats, cheeses, nuts, and peanut butter. These yellowish-brown thief ants are also so tiny, that they commonly gain access to packaged human foods. This behavior is a huge deal in the food industry because it can transmit dangerous pathogens to humans.
Thief ant colonies are not very big when you compare them to other ant species. A typical colony will have a couple queens, with only a few hundred worker ants. Their nests are built outside in the ground; in decaying wood or under rocks.