Rasberry Ants Spreading

Ants on raspberries

The Crazy Rasberry ant (not raspberry), also called the Tawny Crazy ant has increasingly become a harmful pest to many homeowners. Rasberry ants can be both destructive, and dangerous. Here’s what you need to know:

Rasberry Ants Spreading

Rasberry ants were first found in Houston, TX by exterminator Tom Rasberry; in which the ant was named. Since their discovery in 2002, the Rasberry ant has spread to throughout much of the Southwest; including 24 different counties in the state of Texas.

The largest Rasberry ant infestations have been found in southeast Harris County, including Houston, La Porte, San Jacinto Port, Pasadena, Deer Park, Seabrook, Friendswood, and Pearland.

Rasberry ants continue to spread at a rate of about five miles per year. Often times they are unknowingly transported by vehicles, animals, and other people. Preferring the hot, humid weather, they can now be found in Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Mississippi.

Identifying Rasberry Ants

Rasberry ants are about 1/8 of an inch long, and reddish-brown in color. They are a slender looking ant with long antennae, long abdomens, and long legs. Rasberry ants are also described as being “hairy,” because they are covered with reddish-brown fuzz. They do not look glossy, like other ants, because of these body hairs.

Crazy Rasberry ants are from the Crazy ant group Paratrechina. These ants are well known for their rapid, erratic, non-linear movements. It’s almost humorous watching these ants move across the pavement. They look lost and confused. One thing that is not humorous about these ants is the destruction and danger they can cause.

Rasberry Ants Are Destructive & Dangerous

Rasberry ants are very destructive by nature. They are naturally attracted to electrical currents, causing them to fail by clogging up the switching mechanisms. These ants are frequently known to short out air conditioning units and even stop lights. There have been reports of Rasberry ants causing several thousand dollars in damage to homeowners and businesses.

Danger_Live_AntsOn top of being rather destructive, Rasberry ants are also dangerous. When a Crazy Rasberry ant is killed, a pheromone is released from its abdomen that signals other ants to respond. The other Rasberry ants respond all right, in huge numbers; attacking the threat. Just know that if you attempt to kill a few thousand Rasberry ants, millions more will show up to their funeral.

Rasberry Ant Control

Many areas in the Southwest US have some pockets of Rasberry ant infestations. These infestations make it uncomfortable for residents to enjoy time in their yards. Very aggravating!

Unfortunately, there are no effective over-the-counter products that consumers can buy to successfully treat Rasberry ants. The good news is that an ant control professional can help you with any ant problem, including Rasberry ants. Get help today!

Black Widow Control- Where Are Black Widow Webs Found And What Do They Look Like

Transcript From Black Widow Spider Control:

Black Widow Control Professional:

“Today we’re going to talk about black widows. The most common place to find them are right down by the J-rail, just all crazy mixed up down here by the J-rail, okay? Why? Because the J-rail offers goes into, inside of the wall, offers a lot of cool air coming out, cool, moist air coming out. Also is a great place for crickets to breed. Remember that crickets breed in these plants because there are water drippers on the plants, so there’s a huge population of crickets in the yard, therefore, that which preys on crickets will also do well, which is black widows, okay?”

“So, the black widow, if you walk around the foundation of the house, you’ll find a web like this purple web I have here, at the base down by the J-rail. Very common to find them right at the entryway, right at the entryway here or there, the other place.”

“So, how do you know it’s a black widow’s web if there’s no black widow in the web? Number one, they’re chaotic, okay? A chaotic web means that it has no order to it. If you remember the story Charlotte’s Webb, a lot of spiders create a pattern to their web, you know, a design in their web. Black widows have no pattern to their webs, none at all. It’s just all chaotic. Often times, you’ll find leaves and debris in the black widow’s web because the web is so strong; it’s the strongest web of any spider here in Arizona.”

“And, so it’s a very strong, sticky web. It’s low to the ground. Sometimes you will see severe infestations black widows with webs up in the eves. And you’ll actually be able to see her sometimes in the very corner; she’s trying to hide as much as she can, but usually it’s down by the ground because their number one food source is crickets. So, if the web is low to the ground and it doesn’t have any spider out in it, other spiders don’t usually recluse back into a lair, they don’t recluse back into a dark space. Most of them don’t.”

– Bulwark Exterminating Spider Control

Latrodectus hesperus with egg sac
Latrodectus hesperus with egg sac (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Enhanced by Zemanta

How Roaches Get In Your Sink- Roach Control

Transcript from Roach Control-How Roaches get in your sink:

“The roaches come in from out here; they shoot up underneath the J-rail, and start infesting inside the walls.”

“Roaches are thigmatropic, thigmatropic. You can say that however you want to say, thigmatropic, however you want to say it. I believe that’s the correct spelling, if it’s not, you know, who cares. But, this word right here means that they prefer to have pressure on three sides of their body at all times. It’s the way that they feel safe”.

“I’ll give you an example: Mammals, we use our vision to feel safe. If we put a blind fold over Riley’s head. And tell him to walk across, the freeway? He’s going to take that blind fold off before he walks across the freeway. He doesn’t feel safe. Well, most invertebrates like roaches, scorpions, crickets; they don’t feel safe unless they have pressure on three sides of their bodies, it’s how they’ve survived for so long. They stay in cracks and crevices. It’s different with mammals, we rely in vision. I tell you this because it’s not normal for the roaches to come out. They prefer to never come out. They would prefer never to see the homeowner. Just never, ever come out. They always want to stay; they don’t want to walk across that freeway with a blind fold on, okay? I’m trying to explain this.”

“But, it gets so crowded back there and so populous that they start coming out. They start to be forced out. They’re cannibalistic. They’ll eat each other. The weaker ones are going to flee. So, they won’t run out along this pipeline and hang out inside the cabinet, a lot of times, they’ll, they’ll, there’s a backing to the actual cabinetry. It’s not the sheetrock, in most cabinetry, there’s a backing. And it’s maybe just an eighth of an inch between the sheetrock and the backing of the cabinet, and that backing is a great location for roaches to hang out, between the cabinets and the wall itself. So, they’ll hang out in between there, and at night when it’s dark, they might run up around up onto the sink, looking for soap scum, looking for toothpaste, things like that, okay- Hair follicles off the, you know, off of a hair brush.”

“Every now and then, one falls into the sink at night and runs around, but cannot get out because the sides are too slick. Eventually, the sun starts coming up and he says I’ve got to get out of here, so he shoots down the drain and hangs out right by the water; he’s like cool, new place, going to inhabit this place, okay? He can’t get all the way down into the sewer because this is what’s called a P-trap right here, it’s always filled with water, that’s what the green represents. The water prevents gases from the sewer lines and pests like roaches and mice from coming up the drain.”

“These roaches will never come up the drain. And then Betsy comes in, in the morning time, turns on the water, she sees no roaches, right? And she turns on the water; the water comes out of the spicket, out of the spicket, into the drain and starts to flood this guy, so he comes running out and she thinks she thinks roaches are coming out of her drain. But, they’re not. The roaches are infested in her wall. One fell into her drain and was hiding there for her because he couldn’t get back out.

– Bulwark Exterminating Roach Control

How Roaches Infest-Roach Control

Transcript from How Roaches Infest-Roach Control:

Roach Control Professional:

“- storm drain system: Because the fact is, is that the roaches in every metropolitan city in the United States, these roaches, American roaches and oriental cockroaches, called “water bugs”, breed and thrive in the sewer lines. But, the problem that we have here in the desert is that- these sewer lines- we go a long time without rain, and they dry out. In the heat of the summer, the sewer lines will dry out.”

“These water bugs require water, right? They don’t swim in it, but they need to be in a moist environment, a warm, damp, moist environment, preferably dark. So they, at a very warm period of time, in the summer, they start exiting through the storm drains, that’s this right here, or through the actual sewer manhole. And they run because the street is hot, a lot of times exodus is at nighttime, and if you’re out at night, sometimes you can actually see them do this. If you watch and become aware, they exodus, they make this big exodus off the hot pavement, looking for some place to hide, right? They go right into the rock. You know how the rock out here in the yard is, it’s easy to get under it.”

“So they get up underneath the rock where there’s some moisture in the soil up underneath the rock until they find a plant with a water dripper on it. Now, that’s what this little red thing is, its a little water dripper.”

“We’ve talked about how plants need water and how they’re fed, they’re watered every two to three days, and how the moisture underneath the plant is always there.”

“So, now our water bugs left the sewer because of a lack of water and the heat of the summer, came into the yards, and have infested all of the yards in your neighborhood. This is the reason you guys see water bugs when you walk around outside in the evening time, or your evening walks. Because your neighborhood is infested, all of the yards in the neighborhood are infested with water bugs.”

“Now, they breed out here and they do really well and they thrive, but expanding populations always do just that, expand. And in the very dead of the summer, when we’re talking one hundred and ten, one hundred and fifteen degrees, these rocks are in direct sunlight right here, and they get so hot that the roaches start looking for better places to live. It gets actually too hot for them. So, they proceed to look for a shady place, and often find places next to the house shady; this purple stuff you see coming out of the wall here is moist air.”

“We talked about how there’s condensation on the exterior walls of stucco homes and how there’s a J-rail here, and how it’s open, and how moist air escapes so that we don’t get black mold in the wall? Well, this moist air escaping, not visible to the eye but sensible to an insect, draws these roaches, plus the darkness and the shade, up into the J-rail, up into the wall.”

– Bulwark Exterminating Roach Control

How Roaches Infest-Roach Control

Transcript from How Roaches Infest-Roach Control:

Roach Control Professional:

“- storm drain system: Because the fact is, is that the roaches in every metropolitan city in the United States, these roaches, American roaches and oriental cockroaches, called “water bugs”, breed and thrive in the sewer lines. But, the problem that we have here in the desert is that- these sewer lines- we go a long time without rain, and they dry out. In the heat of the summer, the sewer lines will dry out.”

“These water bugs require water, right? They don’t swim in it, but they need to be in a moist environment, a warm, damp, moist environment, preferably dark. So they, at a very warm period of time, in the summer, they start exiting through the storm drains, that’s this right here, or through the actual sewer manhole. And they run because the street is hot, a lot of times exodus is at nighttime, and if you’re out at night, sometimes you can actually see them do this. If you watch and become aware, they exodus, they make this big exodus off the hot pavement, looking for some place to hide, right? They go right into the rock. You know how the rock out here in the yard is, it’s easy to get under it.”

“So they get up underneath the rock where there’s some moisture in the soil up underneath the rock until they find a plant with a water dripper on it. Now, that’s what this little red thing is, its a little water dripper.”

“We’ve talked about how plants need water and how they’re fed, they’re watered every two to three days, and how the moisture underneath the plant is always there.”

“So, now our water bugs left the sewer because of a lack of water and the heat of the summer, came into the yards, and have infested all of the yards in your neighborhood. This is the reason you guys see water bugs when you walk around outside in the evening time, or your evening walks. Because your neighborhood is infested, all of the yards in the neighborhood are infested with water bugs.”

“Now, they breed out here and they do really well and they thrive, but expanding populations always do just that, expand. And in the very dead of the summer, when we’re talking one hundred and ten, one hundred and fifteen degrees, these rocks are in direct sunlight right here, and they get so hot that the roaches start looking for better places to live. It gets actually too hot for them. So, they proceed to look for a shady place, and often find places next to the house shady; this purple stuff you see coming out of the wall here is moist air.”

“We talked about how there’s condensation on the exterior walls of stucco homes and how there’s a J-rail here, and how it’s open, and how moist air escapes so that we don’t get black mold in the wall? Well, this moist air escaping, not visible to the eye but sensible to an insect, draws these roaches, plus the darkness and the shade, up into the J-rail, up into the wall.”

Bulwark Exterminating Roach Control

Scorpions-Black Light Hunting-Pest Control by Bulwark Exterminating

Transcript from Scorpions-Black Light Hunting-Pest Control by Bulwark Exterminating

Scorpion Control Professionals:

Speaker 1: “So, we’re entering the gate right now of the home that sees, oh, I don’t know, maybe 30 scorpions a week, and has contracted with us to first, ascertain the source of the problem, and prescribe a treatment.”

Speaker 2: “We’ve got some over here, too.”

Speaker 1: “Another adult. The last 3 scorpions that are looking at and this one in particular, looks like it should be about three to five years old by the size. Do you want to hold that for a second? See, they’re very fast. If we were to turn some of this over, you’re going to see, from the looks of it, you’re going to see a lot of them. So, let’s keep moving. The more vibrations we make, the less likely that we’re going to see them.”

“So, crickets like to breed and live in between this expansion joint. You see here? There’s a paper joint in there that goes between the sidewalk and the foundation, and it’s there when the concrete expands and contracts due to the change in the temperature, that absorbs that pressure. Well, crickets and other insects eat that, and scorpions and come and eat the crickets and insects.”

“So, right here as you can see in there in you pan in there, um, you can see that guy, and he’s kind of moving away, but he’s deep down in there. That’s where we find a lot of the scorpions.”

“This here is a plastic container that he used to keep pool equipment in. You’re generally not going to find scorpions on or inside the plastic because they have a really hard time climbing the surface. But, you may find something underneath, which I may try to be able to move.”

Speaker 2: “There’s one.”

Speaker 1: “You don’t want to have one of these guys get you. They have a neurotoxin that debilitates your nervous system. Now some people react differently. I have a friend who weighs about two hundred and fifty pounds and he’s allergic. The entire half of his body went numb when one of these stung him after putting his shoe on.”

“As you can see right here, the stinger rolls up. They don’t actually bite you, they sting you. They can bite, but their bite isn’t going to hurt. It’s this…let’s get some light on there. It’s this stinger right here, that you see right there, that really is the problem.”

“He’s coming for you, he likes you. Let me see if I can stop him. Hold down there, boy. As you can see, he’s starting to get real active. He’s trying to get away.”

“I’m not going to hurt him, but see how he holds now? This is striking position. Scorpions are actually almost completely blind. They do almost all their hunting using vibrations on the ground. So, when a cricket comes along, they’ve got little cilia on the underside of the belly, and um, they can tell which direction the vibrations are coming from. They use that to determine which direction they’re going to run and also which direction they’re going to strike.”

“He’s just scared right now; he’s not going to even strike me. I can flick his tail like that, and he’s not, he’s not being aggressive just yet. He’s kind of scared.”

“So, the problem is they live up so close to the house, this guy being an adult, there’s all kinds of weed pulls and gaps, I should have brought my mirror, but they can just go right up underneath the stucco of the home and cause serious problems inside the home once they lay down their babies. So, this is a good example because he’s such a full-grown, good-looking stripe scorpion.”

Speaker 2: “Very healthy.”

Speaker 1: “Yeah. He’s been eating, notice the center there. And so, he’s now going home.”

Need Scorpion control?

Phoenix Scorpion Control by Bulwark Exterminating, 40 N. Central Phoenix, AZ 85004

Got Scorpions?

Got Scorpions in Your Neighborhood?

Find out if you have scorpions in your neighborhood at ScorpionReport.org

Because what you don’t know can hurt you. And knowledge is power.

-Bulwark Exterminating Scorpion Control

Ant Control – Professional Bug Pesticides

Transcript from Ant Control-Professional Bug Pesticides video:

Pest Control Professional and Ant Control Specialist Speaks: “What does Raid and professional sprays do? That’s what we want to talk about next. Let’s talk about this picture down here that I drew. Let’s pretend like this black mass is the colony itself, it’s where all the young are breeding. It’s where all the worker minors, the eighty percent of the colony, are thriving, right in here. Forgers will often times forge outside, but they’ll also forge inside, like on the floors or up on the counter tops. That’s what the little black dots represent.”

“Other bug companies use a pump can to pump up their spray, their standard bug spray, their insect spray, and they spray along the floorboards right here. If someone has an ant problem, they’ll spray right here. If it’s a really bad problem, they’ll tell the consumer to open up your cabinet and take all the stuff out, and spray all over in here, and they spray inside, everywhere. They even might spray up on the counter top. And they’re just using a general pesticide. Usually it’s some sort of a pyrethroid; that means it’s been dried from a chrysanthemum flower, very similar to the products that we use.”

“But, they’re spraying it all over here. And you’ve got to ask yourself, well, what does all of that spray do? And I’ll tell you what all that spray does. It will kill any ant that’s out right now at the time. But, this spray, as is Raid and most professional sprays, they’re all repellents. Ants can tell that they’re there, so ants will not cross them. In other words, the colony right here will just refuse to come out. They just won’t come out. And so what you’ll see is a consumer who’s had another pest control company, but if this house is in a neighborhood that’s infested with ants and they have ants, what’s going to happen is the guy comes in and sprays, everything’s cool for about three to six weeks. And then BAM, the ants are right back in the same place, or three feet to the right. Or the guy comes out and sprays and this colony moves, and it starts showing up in the kitchen, or the bathroom, or just some place other than where he sprayed. This is why people think that when you spray, bugs move from one location to the next.”

“Most pests can’t tell that the insecticides are down, but ants can, and they won’t cross it, so they’ll move their colony. Another thing that can happen is let’s say there’s another cabinet over here, right? This is the kitchen and there’s another cabinet over here. This is the pantry. And there’s a whole bunch of stuff in the pantry. And there were just a tremendous amount of forgers forging in here. And the guy says, well, I’m going to go to the source, and he sprays all over here. But, all of these ants can’t go back across the line, they won’t cross it again. So you actually have divided the colony. This is called budding, and what will happen is very likely one of these normal ants, one of these normal working ants will mutate slightly into a queen, and they’ll develop a new colony. It’s called budding.”

“You have to get the queen and you’ve got to get a large majority of their workers to successfully eliminate the colony.”

– Bulwark Exterminating Ant Control

Scorpion Control -Where do Scorpions Live

Transcript from Scorpion Control -Where do Scorpions Live:

Pest Control Professional Speaking: “A lot of times, what you’ll find are these guys out by the brick walls. These cinderblock walls run all along the backs of each home, and so we call these scorpion condos because they can travel freely through the walls and reproduce in there and cause quite a bit of problem. It’s common to come out to your back wall and find dozens of these throughout the whole yard.”

“A lot of times they’ll stay here, but when you start providing water supplies closer and closer to your home, they eventually work their way into your home. Here’s an example of a smaller one inside the crack moving around in there. He’ll go back inside there and find a hole that will go throughout the brick here and he’ll be safe.”

“They thrive in there because they have no natural predators, so it’s a perfect environment for them because they can come out at night, obtain all of the food they need, and then return back into the wall and again, without any type of treatment, these guys will go without any type of anything to kill them off and they’ll infest neighborhoods by the thousands.”

– Bulwark Exterminating Scorpion Control

Enhanced by Zemanta

Extreme Heat Pushes Scorpions Out of Hiding

Arizona ScorpionRecord heat in the Valley of the Sun is pushing scorpions out of their favorite hiding places in search of food and moisture. Scorpions are cold-blooded; so a scorpion’s body temperature is the same temperature as the environment it lives in. The outside temperature is the single most important environmental factor of a scorpion’s behavior, distribution, reproduction and development. Another important factor is the amount of moisture found in a scorpion’s environment; moisture influences a scorpion’s metabolism and food supply. Just like a scorpion, insects also need moisture to survive. As the summer heat dries up the moisture in the insect’s favorite hiding places, the insects begin their search for water. Scorpions, too, begin to search for moisture and because they are hunters, they also begin to search for insects; which have began to migrate to environments with more moisture. A favorite hiding place for bugs and scorpions is in the moisture found in the beautiful grass and shrubs surrounding your home. Even though the desert is parched from the summer’s heat, your landscaping is a haven of shelter, heat and moisture; three of the most important factors for an insect’s survival.

If you have encountered scorpions before, you have likely heard that a scorpion can fit through a gap the size of a credit card. Scorpions are constantly on the hunt for insects and often find their way into a home in its continued search for food and moisture. Its no wonder that scorpions are running into humans at an alarming rate and according to the Banner Poison Control Center, scorpion stings are on the rise. In fact, in the past 24 hours or more, the Banner Poison Control Center received over 70 reports of scorpion stings.

“A recent study by the Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center showed that 33 percent of scorpion sting victims were stung in the bedroom with 24 percent being stung in the living room and only 6 percent in the bathroom. The study also showed most people, 60 percent, were stung on the hand or bare foot.” read more…

If you are stung by a scorpion, contact Poison Control immediately at 1-800-222-1222.