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.
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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
By Ajai Raj
In the jungles of Belize last January, entomologist Alex Wild noticed something odd about the trap-jaw ants passing through his outdoor insect photography class: They all had shrunken heads and swollen abdomens. A day after making the observation, Wild and his students came upon an ant with a worm bursting out of its side. Parasites were at work. Nematode worms enter the ants as larvae and grow inside the ants’ body cavity, siphoning off nutrients and distorting their hosts’ natural anatomy. When the eight-inch-long nematodes are ready to mate a few weeks later, they push their way out of their half-inch-long hosts, killing them.
In the abdomen of a trap-jaw ant, a parasitic nematode lives off nutrients from the surrounding fluids and changes the morphology of its host.
The jaws of a parasite-free worker can snap shut on prey in just 1/10,000 of a second—the fastest known mechanical action in nature.
“I get scared when I see ants around the house during spring. I keep spraying and they keep coming back. What should I do in this situation?
There are so many ants out there how can I tell which one is which.”
If you are a housewife with kids and see big black and red ants crawling around the house what do you do?
Do you scream with kids and evacute or do you identify the ant and call professional?
We need to be proacitive to identify. As spring approach, carpenter ants will mate and start destroying our home to build their nest.
If you see large black or red ants ranges from 1/4-1/2 inch, it is carpenter ants.
They are able to fly to establish new colony. Most people mix up carpenter ants and termites because of this fact.
Unlike termite, carpenter ants do not eat wood as food, they burrow into woods to expand their nest.
EnviroCare Pest Solutions recommends that homeowners follow these tips to avoid ant infestations:
-Do not store firewood and building materials next to your home.
-Keep food in sealed containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
-Seal cracks and holes around a home.
-Keep tree branches cut back from the house.
-Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water near a home.
-Keep pet food and water dishes clean and remove any spilled food.
Found this Article on Womansday.com with advice from Susan Jones, PhD, associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University.
1. The term bedbug is a misnomer.
2. Bedbugs don’t discriminate.
3. Bedbugs haven’t been proven to transmit any harmful diseases.
4. No two people’s bedbug bites will look the same.
5. Bedbugs aren’t truly nocturnal.
6. Even if you can’t see them, you may have them.
7. Properly trained dogs can sniff out bedbugs.
8. You don’t have to throw away your belongings if you have bedbugs.
9. You should never treat your home for bedbugs yourself.
10. Bedbugs aren’t going anywhere any time soon.
This article was written by Amanda Greene and Published in Womansday.com
Carpenter ant damage is a result of nesting. They chew through wood for queens to lay eggs and for baby ants to develop. Carpenter ants gain no nutritional value from wood, however the damage it make is generally for nests purposes only.
Carpenter ants like to live in damp wood. When carpenter ants do enter homes, they like to enter through ducts of heating and cooling equipment, windows, when trees hang onto structures, telephone wires cable lines and firewood from outdoors. Carpenter ant infestations are obvious when Carpenter ant workers move through rooms in search of food and water.
Carpenter ant damage is not as severe as the damage caused by termites, carpenter ant nests can cause some extreme damage over a period of time. As the number of carpenter ants colony grow, their expansion through the wood increases, causing major damage to structures.
Carpenter ants clean and polish their nests of wood so that they appear smooth as sandpaper. The nests of carpenter ants also have holes through which worker ants push debris out. Often consumers see a pile of wood shavings below these holes. These shavings are like scraps produced from sharpening a pencil. While the wood surface may appear undamaged, carpenter ant nests can be identified by little window holes.
Ants are able communicate with each other about danger and directions to food.
Trim branches and limbs of trees and shrubs that touch the building to keep ants from gaining access via these routes.
Eliminate food sources inside the building or prevent access to suitable food by keeping it in ant-proof containers.
Caulk cracks and crevices around foundations that provide an entry for ants from outside.
Provide a dry, vegetation-free border, such as gravel or stones, around the perimeter of house foundations to discourage nest building. Things like wood chip mulches and landscape plants provide a good nesting environment for ants.
Clean up sugary spills because ants love sugar.
Remove trees that consistently host ants and are adjacent to neighboring house’s.