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Natural insecticides are getting much more attention than they used to. Whether it is because there are just more natural insecticides available today, or people are just being more conscientious about pest control. So many times when we think about pest control, we only think about the inside of our home, business or school. Many times tackling what ails us on the outside will prevent us from having to treat the inside, at least for some of those pests. Fire ant control, and wasp and hornet control are just two of those areas that people tend to seek out a more natural form of pest control. Have you ever walked out your back door and seen a mound of dirt in your pristine lawn? If you do, don't look too close as it may very well be a fire ant nest. Fire ants have over 280 species around the world.…

Controlling Fire Ants

How to control Fire Ants in your home or yard: Inside-  It’s a good idea to use a bait inside of the cupboards, closets, window sills, attics, crawl spaces and other places where these ants forage for food. Dupont Advion Ant Bait gel and Dupont Advion Ant Bait Arenas are an excellent choice for ant control. Both provide complete control fo many types of ants with indoxacarb. This Is a slow acting poison that gives the foragers time to bring the bait back to the nest and contaminate the rest of the colony making it an effective insecticide against these insects Outside- For a quick knockdown and a short term residual, use Bifen LP Granules every three months. This will give you complete control in the yard. The Fire Ant is a stinging ant that has over 280 species all over the world. They have other common names as well,…

Pharoah Ants: Not Just a Problem in Egypt

Pharaoh Ants are very small; light yellow to red, with dark markings on their abdomen. They can grow to about 1/16 of an inch long. They grow from an egg to adult in about 45 days. The females live as long as 39 weeks and can lay about 400 eggs, while workers only live up to 10 weeks. Pharaoh ants can be found in a diversity of places and can appear very suddenly. They have a wide range of foraging and their nests are usually well hidden. They are very persistent and have large colonies. The use of residual sprays or dusts will cause stress on the colonies, which will make them split into sub-colonies that scatter to other areas in the structure. This can also be called budding. After spraying, your problem can be worse than before. When you bait, you want the slow kill affect. Quick kill insecticides…

The Facts About Little Black Ants

How to tell if you have Little Black Ants (monomorium minimum) The first thing to know is that a Little Black Ant is not a sugar ant, but is literally called a Little Black Ant. These pesky ants are becoming a nuisance in the pest control industry and treating them has become a bit on the tricky side. These ants eat just about anything, and they love rotting wood and dark spaces. Their antennas have twelve segments with three-segmented clubs at the end. The pedicel is two segmented. They can have up to two or more queens in their colonies. They can nest in virtually anything. Outside they will be in the ground, in trees, in mulch, in cracks in sidewalks and driveways, in rotting wood, under rocks, etc. Inside, black ants will nest in woodwork, masonry, wall voids, and under carpets.   How to get rid of Little Black…

Indoor Ant Control

Controlling ants inside the home can be a difficult task  and often frustrating, interior pest control issue for a lot of homeowners…ants! They get into and onto everything it seems. Food, clothing, countertops, cabinets, sinks, showers, and bathtubs…the list goes on and on. How do we get rid of them? Many people spin their wheels and waste their money using products that will never, ever, fix the problem. What do most people do when they see some of these pesky bugs crawling all over the counter?  They pick up the ol’ bug spray. Usually Raid, or some other equally useless product is the weapon of choice. Now, I don’t mean to sit here and tell you that Raid won’t kill ants. It definitely does. But get rid of the problem? No way. Raid (or equivalent) kills what you spray on contact. And it does leave a residue for residual control. However, Raid is…

Take the Sting Out of Fire ants

Fire ants are a highly venomous pest that are a recognized threat in the U.S.  While there are some native types, imported fire ants likely first came to the U.S. in the early 1900s in the South. Without the anteater as a predator in the U.S., fire ant colonies can thrive easily once they are established.  The federal government attempted to eradicate them in the 50s, and then again in the 60s, but the fire ant population continues to grow and move northward as far as temperatures will allow. Fire ants, like other ants, have queen ants who lay eggs which then develop through the larval and pupal stage, before becoming adult ants.  It's not uncommon for a fire ant colony to have multiple reproducing queens, even up to 100 or more.  A queen ant can live for several years, sometimes up to seven, and can lay more than a…