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Ants are on the move in Columbus Ohio

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Columbus Ohio Carpenter Ant

Columbus Ohio Carpenter Ant

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.

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Ants Band Together To Create Raft and Protect the Queen

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Floating Ants in water

Floating Ants in water

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.

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Ant control is a smart choice in Columbus Ohio

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Carpenter Ant in Columbus Ohio

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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Where did fire ants come from in Columbus Ohio?

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

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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.

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Ant Prevention in Columbus Ohio

Monday, June 24th, 2013

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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


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A Parasitic Worm Infects An Ant

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Infected Ant

Infected Ant

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.

INFECTED
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.

HEALTHY
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.

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Who is Ready for Carpenter ants in Columbus Ohio?

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Ants In Columbus Ohio

“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.

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Columbus Ohio Ant Prevention tips

Friday, March 16th, 2012
Ant Prevetion in Columbus Ohio

Ant Prevetion in Columbus Ohio

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.


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10 things you want to learn about BedBugs

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Found this Article on Womansday.com with advice from Susan Jones, PhD, associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

1. The term bedbug is a misnomer.

The Latin name for bedbugs is Cimex lectularius, which means “bug of the bed.” But don’t let that fool you—the pesky creatures can be found anywhere. “Bedbugs want to feed on you at night while you’re still, so they’re commonly found in your bed,” says John Furman, president of New York City–based pest management company Boot-A-Pest. “But I always say the bed is 70 percent of the infestation and the rest of the room is the other 30 percent. They can be all over your apartment—in the sofa, behind picture frames or in the crevices of baseboards.”

2. Bedbugs don’t discriminate.

“There’s an unnecessary stigma associated with bedbugs,” says Susan Jones, PhD, associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University. “Anyone can get them. They’re not associated with poor housekeeping or a certain poverty level or anything like that.” So if you have them—or know someone who does—remember that it has nothing to do with personal hygiene habits. “Every woman whose home I treat tells me how often they shower, how clean they are, that they get manicures—none of that matters,” reports Jeff Eisenberg, founder of Pest Away Exterminating.

3. Bedbugs haven’t been proven to transmit any harmful diseases.

Unlike with many other pests and insects, research has not yet proven that bedbugs do anything more harmful than give you the heebie-jeebies. But that doesn’t mean people should brush them off as no big deal. Dr. Jones believes the research is “incomplete and inconclusive.” And Eisenberg insists they are a mental health risk. “People can become so obsessed with bedbugs they don’t sleep for weeks—they miss work, they spend hours Googling the topic. I call it bedbug paranoia.” Bedbugs have also been shown to aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms in people who already suffer from them.

4. No two people’s bedbug bites will look the same.

It’s easy to notice a suspicious bite and head straight to the Internet to diagnose yourself. But just because a website tells you bedbug bites look a certain way doesn’t mean your bites will follow that pattern. According to Dr. Jones, bites often appear in a grouping of three or a “1-2-3—breakfast, lunch, dinner” pattern, but many people—around 30 percent, according to Furman––don’t react to bites at all. And others may have singular scattered bites. Photo by iStockphoto.

5. Bedbugs aren’t truly nocturnal.

Though these pests like to come out before dawn, don’t think you can wait up all night to outsmart them. “A bedbug is an opportunist, and while their peak feeding time is between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., if you work nights they will come out and feed on you during the day,” says Furman. Dr. Jones explains that they’re attracted to a human’s body temperature and, even more so, the carbon dioxide we exhale.

6. Even if you can’t see them, you may have them.

While itchy bites may indicate you have a bedbug problem, a thorough inspection is necessary to prove it. “If you have a low-level infestation, most people will miss the signs. You really need to call a professional who will spend the time to find the evidence,” says Furman, who takes at least an hour inspecting rooms for signs of bedbugs. Things you should look for include “peppering,” which are black fecal spots that are usually imbedded in the mattress seams or on the box spring, as well as insect skins (immature bedbugs shed their skin five times before becoming an adult). You may also see actual bedbugs, which, depending on their age, will be clear or rust-colored. You can never be too careful, but don’t panic. “I’ve had people email me photographs of Hostess cupcake crumbs, lint, fingernails, you name it,” says Furman.

7. Properly trained dogs can sniff out bedbugs.

Well-trained and properly handled canines can track down bedbugs because, like bomb-sniffing and drug-sniffing dogs, they are taught to home in on the scent. But according to Furman, “a dog is a tool to bring a handler to a defined search area. You’ve still got to find the bugs in the area they alerted you to.”

8. You don’t have to throw away your belongings if you have bedbugs.

A common misconception about bedbugs is that if you have them, you have to trash your mattress and send all your clothing to the dry cleaner’s. Not true: According to Furman, heat is the number-one killer of bedbugs. Exterminators treat rooms and furniture with a combination of dry steam cleaning, deep heat and chemical treatments. If your clothes have been in an infested room, throw them in a hot dryer (at least 120 degrees) for 30 minutes to kill any bugs.

9. You should never treat your home for bedbugs yourself.

Whatever you do, don’t attempt to fumigate your house for bedbugs yourself. “Don’t use a bug bomb or fogger, even if it claims it’s meant for bedbugs,” warns Dr. Jones. “All it will do is scatter them throughout your home, and if you have an apartment, it will give them to your neighbors.” She reports that boric acid and other grocery store sprays won’t work either. Calling a professional is essential—and call one early. “You have to deal with this right away,” insists Dr. Jones. “One single female bedbug can lay 500 eggs at once, so it can get out of control quickly.”

10. Bedbugs aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

According to Dr. Jones, bedbugs started making a comeback in the late 1990s for a variety of reasons. A spike in international travel combined with a change in the pesticides and insecticides we use as well as lifestyle changes all played a role in their resurgence. “Bedbugs reproduce very quickly and live for a long time, so it was just a matter of time until their populations exploded,” she says. So what now? Though the situation is manageable, “there’s absolutely no end in sight. This is a pest we’ll likely be living with for the rest of our lives.”

This article was written by Amanda Greene and Published in Womansday.com

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Carpenter Ants Can Make Some Damage

Thursday, April 1st, 2010
Carpenter Ant

Carpenter Ant

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.

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