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Fire Ant Control Question and Answers

Saturday, 2. January 2010 16:20

Fire Ant Pest Control, Question and AnswerQuestion:

I generally use granular bait for ant control both indoors and out. But I have a customer with a large (close to an acre) area behind the main back yard. The area was used as a horse pasture / riding area, but no horses now. It’s got significant pressure from ants. Some of the mounds are visible, but many are not due to the short grass. The pasture gets flood irrigated regularly. I was wondering about the effectivness of using something like Talstar PL on this large area. It would be easier to spread than the very light bait granule and would be watered in. I think the bait would work given enough time before watering, but it’s more difficult to apply and considerably more costly. What are your thoughts… Thanks – Mike, AZ
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Crazy Ants in the Kitchen

Saturday, 2. January 2010 15:26

Ants in Kitchen; Food FightQuestion:

What is the best way to control crazy ants in a kitchen area? They are first seen by the window above the sink and then all over counters and cabinets. – Kevin, VT

Answer:

Crazy Ants are given this wild name because of their rapid, zig-zag fashion of running around. They are very long legged, giving them an even greater ability to run quickly. They apparently cannot tolerate cold temperatures very well, and so are more common in the southern states, but when occurring in northern states like Vermont are prone to entering structures for the winter. They will then nest in voids or even the soil of potted plants, and forage throughout the building. They will feed on sugars or protein, but appear to be particularly partial to the proteins – greases and animal matter – so the kitchen is a great place to find them, as well as around pet foods. Keep Reading

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Crazy Rasberry Ants

Saturday, 2. January 2010 15:01


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Many people may wonder why the Crazy Rasberry Ant is called just that – a crazy rasberry ant! This species was coined “crazy” because of the ants’ irregular, indirect, and nonlinear movements. “Rasberry” was taken after the exterminator Tom Rasberry who was the first to notice a problem with these ants back in 2002. Because these ants prefer warmth and moistness before cold, dry weather, Houston, Texas is a popular nesting place for these big infestations.

History
Many believe that these ants are native to India but are now distributed around the world. Some of the most common areas for these ant infestations are in the U.S. from Florida to Texas, and in other states from California to New York.
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How to Get Rid of Pharaoh Ants

Saturday, 2. January 2010 14:56

Pharaoh Ant, How to Get Rid ofPharaoh ants are around 1/16″ long and are usually pale yellow to red and the abdomen are most of the time darker to black. The thorax is uneven and they have stingers. They are very common in homes and hospitals and because they are so small, it enables them to get into any area. They have a very large colonies with many queens and will mate throughout the year which enables them to form multiple colonies fast. Pharaoh ants consume sweets, grease, ead insects, meats, and open wounds. Hospitals should be extra careful because they will enter the wounds of patients, in-use IV bottles, and seek moisture from the mouths of sleeping infants. Keep Reading

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Carpenter Ants

Saturday, 2. January 2010 12:41

Carpenter Ant, Pest InfoCarpenter Ant Control, How to Kill Carpenter Ants

Common Name: Carpenter ant
Latin Name: Camponotus spp.
Common Family Name: Ants
Latin Family Name: Formicidae

Other Names: Origin: Many species of these ants are native to North America, with several species seemingly the most likely to invade structural wood members. There are many destructive species in the Pacific Northwest states, as well as from Florida to the northeast to the southwest and in Hawaii.

Carpenter ants are large, highly poisonous ants. indigenous to many parts of the world. They prefer dead, damp wood in which to build nests. Sometimes carpenter ants will hollow out sections of trees. The most likely species to be infesting a house in the United States is the Black carpenter ant, Camponotus pennsylvanicus. Despite it’s name the Black carpenter ant may have yellow markings on it. Be wary of this variety as the sting is very painful.
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