Friday Links Round-Up: Weekly Pest Control News
There is such a mixed sentiment out there about diatomaceous earth, leading to a lot of confusion. People are left wondering if it really does kill pests, and if so, how effective it really is. Learn more about the pros and cons, here.
Higher Temperatures Are Bringing Out The Wasps
Keeping Bed Bugs At Bay – Even In College
College dorms are quickly becoming one of the most frequent areas becoming infested with bedbugs. While away at college, know what to do to keep from getting bit by these tiny, miserable bloodsuckers. More…
Thief Ants Will Steal Your Sanity
Tips To Keep Pests Out Of Your Home This Winter
As the weather cools, and with winter right around the corner, pests are making their way inside your home; looking for places to overwinter. Here’s what you need to know. More…
Frequently found in the Eastern United States, as well as Southern California, the little black ant is known for being quite the nuisance. Their name adequately describes this ant species, as it’s little (measuring only about 1/16 of an inch), and a glossy black. In fact, when compared to most other ant species that are commonly found in the US, little black ants are extremely small. Their queens usually reach the same size as other ant species; measuring about 1/8th of an inch long.
One unique characteristic the little black ants have is that they are unable to chew food. Instead, these ants simply suck out the liquid nutrients found in the foods they eat and leave behind the solid. The favorite meal of the little black ant is the honeydew that aphids produce. Additionally, these ants will also consume insects, sweets, vegetables, and greasy foods. Like most other ant species, the little black ant forages in trails and can carry about 20 times its body weight. Impressive!
Little black ants do not cause structural damage to homes, but are considered to be an annoyance. Serious little black ant infestations or nesting should be professionally treated by an ant control specialist.