Our First “Bug Blog”!

Our First “Bug Blog”!

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The following “Bug Blog” is about the “Ant”

Ants are the most dominant group of social insects. They are also close relatives of bees & wasps. There are many different types of ants. Three of the most common types are: Carpenter Ants, Pavement Ants, and Fire Ants (Red Ants).

Carpenter Ants can cause structural damage to your home or other structures. Carpenter ants are the most visible ant found in and around buildings; they are large, approximately 1/4” to 3/4” in length. They are typically black, but can vary in color. They can usually be found nesting in decaying wood. However, they do not eat wood. They like to eat foods such as fruit, meat, grease, and dead insects.

Possible Treatments: The best way to eliminate a carpenter ant infestation is to find the colony or nesting site and spray/treat with TweetMint enzyme cleaner or white vinegar. Carpenter Ants often live or nest in rotting trees. Trees with several rotted places should be evaluated and treated and/or removed by professionals. Dust around the baseboards of the house perimeter with either boric acid, talcum powder, borax, or food-grade DE. Also spray TweetMint enzyme cleaner on counters and baseboards as another option to help treat/eliminate, repel and prevent returning ants. Consider using a dehumidifier as well to help eliminate a moist environment and help prevent decaying wood that carpenter ants prefer. If any ants remain after 2 weeks, use vacuums and/or as a last resort you may spot treat using boric acid or silica gel dusts or foam insulation in pressurized canned aerosols when nests are in wall. Trees with several rotted places should be evaluated and treated/removed by professionals.

Pavement Ants – Pavement ants are small, about 1/16” – 1/8” long. They have a hairy, robust, hard body with small (stiff) hairs all over. They originated in Europe and now are found throughout the U. S. and can bite and sting. They can vary in color as various parts of their body are different colors. They are mostly dark brown to blackish in color. Pavement ants feed on other insects, greasy foods and plants outdoors. Indoors they will seek sweet foods and grease. They are also often found in damp areas.

Possible Treatments: If you cannot find the nest, bait with equal parts of peanut butter and

shortening and 3% or less boric acid or aspartame packets (or beverages with aspartame). Also caulk and seal foundation cracks and possible entry points outside of the home. Inside of home, apply dusts such as baking soda, talcum powder, boric acid or food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) in cracks and crevices of baseboard molding and other perimeters. Bait with 3% or less boric acid or aspartame or food-grade DE baits in light Karo Syrup or honey.

Fire Ants (Red Ants) – Fire Ants get their name, because of their fiery venom which is injected by a stinger much like a wasp’s stinger. This venom creates a burning sensation and a small bump within 8 – 24 hours that can last up to 10 days. However, some good news would be that fire ants are tick predators and normally yards with fire ants also do not have ticks. Fire ants are omnivores and will eat plant and animal material including mice, turtles, snakes, and other vertebrates, crops (including okra, corn, strawberries and potatoes), plants, saplings, wildflowers, fruit, and grass but they prefer insects. They range in size from .08” to .2” in length and are reddish in color. They are primarily found outdoors and can live in mounds that can be 15” – 24” in diameter and 10” – 18” high and 1” – 3” deep.

Possible Treatments: Try flooding nesting sites with copious amounts of diluted TweetMint Enzyme Cleaner, “Not Nice to Bugs® spray, or with 1 gallon of orange juice and 2 gallons of water and a dash of peppermint or dish soap. Rub the bites with the inside of a banana peel to help soothe area.

Please see our manual for more extensive information on “Ants” – just click on the following link http://www.stephentvedten.com/15_Ants.pdf to our “Ant chapter. Our complete manual is loaded with information that is free and readily available at www.thebestcontrol2.com.

Steve Tvedten
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