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Wood Destroying Ants: What You Need to Know

Carpenter ants

A carpenter ant infestation can come out of nowhere, and unlike regular ants, they often cause significant damage to your home’s structure. Carpenter ants do not eat wood. However, they do like to nest in it. Damage occurs as they build their nest or add to their colony. If you are concerned about these little pests, the following tips will help you ward off an infestation. Carpenter Ants and Termites Carpenter ants and termites can both have wings. They look a lot alike, so it is often hard to determine what type of pest you are dealing with. Examine the body to figure out what you have. Carpenter ants are… Read More

Tramp Ants- These Ants Get Around!

Ant With Flower

I recently had the pleasure of attending Pest World 2013 in Phoenix, and it was there where I was introduced to the concept of tramp ants; presented by Dr. Laurel D. Hansen. Tramp ants are recognized as such because of one common characteristic… Their loose morals. They get around! Tramp ants are introduced, exotic, invasive, and alien. How Ants Are Spread Tramp ants move locally, nationally, and internationally, via various modes of transport. They travel across oceans, over borders, across state lines; from farm to farm, city to city, and eventually home to home. Tramp ants did not walk all by themselves from place to place, they had some help.… Read More

Amazing Video: Jumping Ants!

ant jaws

Okay. This is really cool! I recently came across some remarkable video of ants catapulting themselves around with their jaws. They’re jumping ants! While this behavior is not new to the insect world; I found it fascinating that the ants are not only able to jump backward, but have now evolved to jumping forward as well. This jumping forward is completely new to science! The ants are called Trap-Jaw ants, and when they snap their “trap-jaws” together super fast, it causes the ants to quickly bolt through the air. See the amazing footage yourself: Amazing Video: Jumping Ants! Trap-Jaw Ants The ants featured above are called Trap-Jaw ants (Odontomachus). The… Read More

Halloween Ants: 3 Ants Inspired By The Things Of Our Nightmares

Zombie Ant

What do Halloween spooks like vampires, ghosts, and zombies have to do with the picnic ruining, biting, stinging, and all around pesky ant? More than you might think! Here are three different species of ant that are inspired by the things of our nightmares: Dracula Ants Horrifying ants that suck blood… Say it isn’t so! Dracula ants (Adetomyrma venatrix) are named after the very famous fictitious vampire count Dracula; because of the grisly way in which these ants feast on the blood of their young. Well, technically it’s not the blood of their young that Dracula ants are drinking, but rather the hemolymph or ant blood equivalent. This practice is… Read More

Pest Control Information- Weekly Links

Yellow Jacket

Pest Control Information- Weekly Links First Aid Treatment for Yellow Jacket Stings You’ve been stung by a yellowjacket… Now what? Here’s a step by step first aid guide to treat these painful stings. More… What Do Gopher Tunnels Look Like Underground? Here is a fascinating look at what gopher tunnels look like under the soil. The burrow system can cover an area of 200 to 2,000 square feet. More… 5 Most Common Las Vegas Pests Las Vegas is home to some serious pests (and no, we’re not talking about the smut peddlers on the Strip). Here are the top five pests found in the Las Vegas area. More… How Termites… Read More

10 Most Painful Insect Stings

Paper Wasp

Insects plague our backyards and for many of us, they also plague our nightmares. The following 10 insects have definitely earned their way into our nightmares and should not be taken lightly. According to American entomologist, Dr Justin O. Schmidt, these insects are the most painful out there. He created the Schmidt Sting Pain Index which ranks the most painful stings on a 1-4 scale. 10.    Sweat Bee Having a mild sting, Schmidt describes the Sweat bee’s punch as “light, ephemeral, almost fruity; a tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm” and ranks it a 1.0 on his pain index. These bees are attracted to human sweat,… Read More

This Weeks Pest Control News

Fruit fly sex lives impact effectiveness of pest control strategies Scientists in Australia have been hard at work watching fruit flies mate to figure out how fly sex is affecting your food. During this process they are discovering more effective pest control strategies. For a great read, check out: http://nittygrittyscience.com/2012/09/06/fruit-fly-sex-lives-impact-effectiveness-of-pest-control-strategies/ Mosquitoes Plague the Northwest as West Nile Cases Increase Recent rains, warm weather, and high humidity have made mosquito control in the Northwest challenging. The number of foreclosed properties in the area, with their sometimes un-kept swimming pools and scattered backyard debris that’s collecting water, is making mosquito control more difficult. http://blog.pestcontrolceus.com/mosquitoes-plague-canyon-hills-neighborhood-as-west-nile-cases-increase/ New Kind of Ant Discovered in New York City… Read More

$12 Million Pest Control

When most people have any type of pest control problem, they simple call the exterminator. When Elin Nordegren, former wife of golfer Tiger Woods, has a pest control problem, she demolishes her house. Nordegren decided to level her 17,000 square foot, beach front home in North Palm Beach, FL after it was discovered to be infested with termites and carpenter ants.  Aside from that, the home is not up to Florida’s hurricane code.  Her home builder advised her it would be easier to level the house and start from scratch. Before the take-down, Habitat For Humanity was allowed to take as many cabinets, hardware and fixtures as possible before the… Read More

If You Kill 100K Crazy Hairy Ants, Millions More Will Invade

  These tiny ant pests are called “crazy,” because they scramble randomly, at speeds much greater than the average house ant. They are called “hairy,” because of the tiny fuzz that covers their body, making their abdomen look less glossy; than other ant species. Regardless, neither of the two designations (crazy or hairy), paint a comforting picture for residents at risk; of a Crazy Hairy ant invasion.   Already well-established and constantly on the move, these ant pests have disable huge industrial plants and invaded homes, urban centers and rural areas in Florida, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana; and now North Carolina. Although the cost of Charlotte ant control treatments can range… Read More

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 […]