Everything you ever wanted to know about pests!
Ants are becoming a major problem all over the country.  They can be difficult to control, but there are some things you should know about how ants’ behavior can lead to big headaches for you and your home:
  • Entry: Ants can enter through even the tiniest cracks, seeking sweet or greasy substances in the kitchen pantry or storeroom areas.
  • Scent trails: Ants leave an invisible chemical trail known as pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.
  • Nest locations: They can nest about anywhere in and around your house; in lawns, walls, stumps, even under foundations.
  • Colony size: Can number from 300,000 to 500,000, and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.
  • Nature’s way of protecting the colony: With comparative freedom from natural enemies, a colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years, and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
  • Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Most do-it-yourself approaches only kill the ants you see, whereas a truly effective treatment will penetrate and destroy their nest to prevent them from returning. Also, home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments.
Other Pests
Argentine Ant:
Latin Name: Iridomyrmex humilis
Appearance: From light to dark brown. About 1/10-inch long. Antenna has 12 segments.
Habit: Readily adaptable and can nest in a great variety of places. Colonies are massive and may contain hundreds of queens. Nests are usually located in moist soil, neCarpenter Ant:
Latin Name: Camponotus 
Appearance: Among the largest ants, from 1/4- to 3/8-inch long. The most common species is black, but some have reddish or yellowish coloration. Workers have large mandibles.
Habit: Resides both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. They cut "Fire Ant:
Latin Name: Solenopsis
Appearance: Reddish, about 1/4-inch long.
Habit: Nest in mounds of 1 to 2 feet in diameter and about 1/2-foot high. Large colonies can have up to 250,000 workers. Very active and aggressive, they will sting any intruding animal repeatedly.
Diet: Omnivorous. Known to Odorous Ant:
Latin Name: Tapinoma sessile
Appearance: Dark reddish-brown to black and 1/10-inch long. Antennae have 12 segments.
Habit: Nests found in a great variety of situations. Inside buildings, they are often found nesting in the walls or beneath the floor. They are most likely to invade buildPavement Ant:
Latin Name: Tetramorium caespitum
Appearance: Light brown to black with appendages lighter than rest of the body. About 1/10-inch long. Parallel lines on head and thorax with a 12-segment antennae.
Habit: Invades buildings while foraging for food throughout the year. Nests are outdoorsPharaoh Ant:
Latin Name: Monomorium pharaonis
Appearance: Very small—about 1/16-inch long. Light yellow to red with black markings on the abdomen.
Habit: Relies on artificial heating in buildings to survive. Infestations commonly occur in food service areas. Will nest in any well-protected and hiddeThief Ant:
Latin Name: Solenopsis molesta
Appearance: One of the smallest ants, about 1/32- to 1/16-inch long. Antennae have 10 segments. They range in color from yellowish to brown.
Habit: Nests occur in a great variety of locations outside, especially under rocks. May nest indoors in cracks and cu
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