If you can lift over 1000 Lbs, you may want to keep on training. Ants have been known to lift over 50 times their body weight.
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Its a exciting time of year as parents and kids in Columbus, Ohio as they are all busy preparing for the upcoming school year. With all of this activity it is common for parents to forget that pest populations are still at their peak and they want to go back to school with them! With such large number of students coming together in classrooms, it makes it easier than ever for pests such as ants and bed bugs to hitchhike rides from kid to kid or backpack to backpack. We put together some helpful tips to help keep “back to school” pests out of schools, homes and backpacks this fall!
Ants are one of the most common back to school pests because they are so tiny and can easily find their way in through cracks and crevices. They are constantly searching for food, which makes any crumbs left in a lunch box the perfect snack! Teachers and parents can help keep this tiny pest at away by keeping out old food and making sure lockers, lunchboxes and backpacks are kept crumb free.
Bed Bugs have become a significant problem at schools because of their great ability to move from kid to kid. These bugs are about the size of a tip of a pen and often found in all kinds of things like boxes, suitcases, backpacks, mattresses and shoes. To keep bed bugs from taking a ride. EnviroCare Pest Solutions recommends that you inspect backpacks each night and check around the seams to avoid carrying them inside the home.
Carpenter ants and termites can destroy your house.
Do you know the difference on how carpenter ants and termites damage our house?
Both carpenter ants and termites are wood destroying pests however carpenter ants damage is far less than termites.
Carpenter ants cause damage to wood primarily due to nest construction.
Termites can eat your house from inside and damage our house as food source.
Carpenter ants damages are only a result of their nest building efforts however give them enough time to build a large enough nest, damages can be severe. Carpenter ants clean and polish the galleries in the wood. The galleries are smooth in appearance and do not resemble the rough jagged appearance of subterranean termite galleries.
Let’s protect our home from wood destroying pest!
Small ants are all around the house every spring.
It is such a nuisance when you walk into your house and see black dots crawling around everywhere.
What do you do when your kids are running around and screaming that ants are in their pants?
How do you stop from ants coming into the house without the use of chemicals. Well here are some common sense tips for Ant Control
Ants are always looking for food, specially sugary food.
-If kids spill juice it is best to clean up right away so it does not attract ants.
-Wherever you see crumbs of food you will see ants so it is best to vacuum right away as well.
-We tend to forget about dishes we leave in our sink and trash inside our house.
-It is very important to understand that ants have a great sense of finding food so keep your sink and trashcan clean.
-It is best to rinse food off of plates and take trash out if there is any food in there.
Ants will find tiny cracks in our house to get in and out, simple use things to block these entry points can help.
Remember clean house might be the best defense against ants.
How will we survive when there is flood and we can not use anything else but each other?
Can we work together like ants?
According to a study published in the latest issue of PLOS ONE, ants created waterproof buoyant raft linking each other.
Baby ants were at the base of raft, worker ants formed link to finish rest of structure and queen ant was placed in the middle.
I understand queen being placed in the middle since it is safest spot on the raft but baby ants at the base does not make any sense.
Jessica Purcell from the University of Lausanne said, “We expected that individuals submerged on the base of the raft would face the highest cost, so we were astonished to see the ants systematically place the youngest colony members in that position. After further experiments revealed that the brood are the most buoyant members of the society and that rafting does not decrease their survival, this configuration benefits the group at minimal cost.”
Who knew that baby ants can float? This would definitely not happen in the human race
This explains why ants outsmart us and persevere like cockroaches.
Kids leaves crumbs around house hidden from parents. Ants soon gather up these crumbs and take them back to it’s colony. Parents start slapping ants away with whatever they can to make them disappear. This however never works and to listen to a sweet daughter telling the parents to stop killing them is definitely heartbreaking. Since the daughter believes in saving everything on earth its best to find a professional exterminator to make these ants magically disappear.
According to Sarasota Herald-Tribune, five WW II bombers dropped explosive to American South on October 5, 1967.
The three B-17s and two PV-12s were not explosive but laden with ten thousand pounds of Solenopsis invicta meaning “invincible ants or ants from hell”.
We know it as fire ants, They destroy crops, wildlife, and fiery sting has killed people.
In Virginia Beach, 30-year-old former marine Bradley Johnson was stung by fire ants while working outside—and died of anaphylactic shock.
On at least one occasion, fire ants invaded an elementary school in Tennessee to get candy stashed in kids’ lockers.
At Greystone Retirement Community in Huntsville, Ala., a staffer found 79-year-old Lucille Devers covered in fire ants, which were crawling from her mouth, nose, ears, and hair.
According to entomologists at Texas A&M University, Texas spends 1.2 billion each year and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared war on fire ants. The fire ants have been expanding their territory by crossbreeding to tolerate cold so watch out because they love crumbs left in the house.
Ant Prevention Tips
Don’t let ants in Columbus, Ohio rule your home
Every year homeowners residences of Columbus, Ohio must fight with ants, both inside and out. If you are already witnessing ants in the kitchen, bathroom or elsewhere in your home, then you should consider contacting a pest control company to help you get rid of ants. If you are not already dealing with ant problems and are simply looking for ways to prevent pavement ants, carpenter ants and other ants in Columbus, Ohio from invading your home, try these ant prevention tips from EnviroCare Pest Solutions.
Inside Your Home
-Organize pantry items so that you use oldest items first
-Clean up food (including pet food) and beverage spills as soon as they occur
-Be diligent in taking out trash
-Keep food preparation areas and floors clear of crumbs
-Store food in airtight containers, glass or durable plastic if possible
-Regularly clean under and around appliances to remove grease, food debris and other items that attract ants
Outside Your Home
-Eliminate “Highways” to your home by trimming trees and shrubs back
-Seal openings around doors, windows and the foundation
-Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids and are free of holes
-Store firewood well away from buildings and up off the ground