Friday Links Round-Up: Weekly Pest Control News

Friday Links Round-Up: Weekly Pest Control News

Pest Control LinksDiatomaceous Earth Pros and Cons

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

Have you noticed an increase in wasp activity this September? Apparently, the recent hot spell is bringing out wasps in full force in some areas of North America. More…

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

The Thief ant’s persistent pesky behavior makes them difficult to control once they make their way indoors. More…

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…

Little Black AntPest Of The Week: The Little Black Ant

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.

 

Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control Information

Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control Information

 

Pest Control Links10 Reasons Why People Are Afraid Of Spiders

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. More…

Home Remedies for Itchy Insect Stings

It’s inevitable… We all get stung every now and again. Whether the culprit is a bee, wasp, fire ant, or any other stinging pest, there are some remedies available. More…

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. More…

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. More…

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 more…

Pest Of The Week: The Thief Ant

English: Profile view of ant Solenopsis molest...
English: Profile view of ant Solenopsis molesta specimen casent0005936. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 “kidnapping” 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.