Tag: Ants

Signs of a Carpenter Ant Infestation

The only external sign of a carpenter ant infestation other than the presence of workers and/or swarmers is the appearance of small openings on the surface of wood. Through these, the ants expel debris, which consists of sawdust-like shavings and/or fragments of insulation and insect body... more
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Carpenter Ant Colony Dynamics and Life Cycle

Carpenter ants feed on dead and living insects, nectar, fruit juices, and sugary honeydew excreted by plant-sucking insects. They will enter buildings in search of nesting sites or moisture and can build nests containing several thousand ants. Typically, the nests they construct indoors are... more
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How to Identify Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants play key ecosystem roles, particularly by aiding in the decomposition of decaying trees. They also can infiltrate homes and other buildings, nesting in moist, rotting wood and causing significant structural damage. Being able to properly identify and distinguish carpenter ants... more
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Quick Ant facts

Ants are some of the most common pests found in and around homes. Most ants are primarily a nuisance and cause little damage. Some ants infest food. Carpenter ants can weaken wood in structures. The species of ant determines the nesting site, food preference and the best method of... more
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From chaos to order: How ants optimize food search

Ants are capable of complex problem-solving strategies that could be widely applied as optimization techniques. An individual ant searching for food walks in random ways, biologists found. Yet the collective foraging behavior of ants goes well beyond that, as a mathematical study to be... more
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Carpenter Ants AKA Big Black Ants

Carpenter Ants are often referred to as "black ants" or "big black ants" although some species are not black and they are not always large.  In reality, there are thirty possible sizes for carpenter ants.  Larger ants indicate a more mature colony: one that has been located in the same area... more
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Ant Prevention Tips

Eliminate standing water. Pests, such as Argentine ants are attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house.... more
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More ant facts you may not of known

Ants are one of the most successful groups of insects. They are social insects that live in colonies which are usually located in the ground, but they may enter buildings for shelter and/or food. Ants feed on practically every kind of food, but those entering homes are looking for sweets and/or... more
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Ant inspection | Bug Tip Tuesday

A proper inspection will help you determine the most heavily infested areas as well as the nest location. Before applying treatment you will have to know where they are coming from. In this step, you will be searching for ant activity and tell-tale signs of ant activity as well as potential entry... more
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5 Homemade Chemical Free Bug Repellents That Work

Not only can insects be a nuisance in your garden, but they can ruin a perfect picnic or hike. Here are a few totally green, home remedy suggestions to repel insects without using toxic chemicals. #1 Pepper Spray This works great for ants and other small pests. Boil 2 or 3 cups of... more
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