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Weather Warms and Ants Venture Indoors


Thursday, March 18, 2010

As the No. 1 nuisance pest in the United States, ants often become a problem in the warmer weather, as they move indoors in search of food.

But homeowners can take proactive steps now to help prevent a major infestation later.

With more than 700 species in the U.S., it's not surprising that ants are a very common home invader. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), one of the most destructive species is the carpenter ant, which tunnels through wood to build its nest. These insects, which are found nationwide, tunnel through decaying wood before attacking undamaged wood. A carpenter ant infestation can cause severe property damage, which is usually not covered by homeowners' insurance.

Fire ants are a species found in the southern U.S., usually in landscaped areas, garages and near structural foundations. When their moundlike nests are disturbed, fire ants attack with a painful sting.

The most common home-invading species include odorous and nonodorous house ants and pavement ants. These ants will eat almost anything including fruit, meat and cheese, and can contaminate food sources that they infest.

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City closes food producer because of mice, ants


March 24, 2010 6:51 PM

Chicago Breaking News

Mayor Daley's Dumpster Task Force has closed the American Accord Food Corporation, 9485 S. Ewing Ave., due to an active infestation of mice and ants and other problems.

Task Force inspectors were responding to general complaints in the area related to rodent activity when they visited American Accord which produces ready made meals, according to a news release from the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation. Inspectors found more than 200 mice droppings spread out across the food preparation, storage and receiving areas, officials said.

They also found that the main hand wash sink American Accord Food Corporation was not in sound condition, making it difficult to ensure that employees could keep their hands sanitized. Slime was found in the ice machine and 100 ants were spotted crawling near a grease trap. It was determined that management had not properly maintained a grease disposal container, according to officials. 

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Ant Control - Fire ants still hot problem



ANY fire ant that crosses IpswFire Antsich resident Evan Cordingley's path is one step closer to extinction.

As one of the city's only volunteer Red Fire Ant park rangers, the Flinders View resident works hard to ensure the imported pests don't grow in number.

While the fire ant population has decreased in recent years, Mr Cordingley said it was important Ipswich residents remained vigilant and kept an eye out for the imported pests.

He recently erected several signs around the city to help keep the fire ant message firmly in people's memory.

"They've been out of the media for a few years now, but it's important people don't become complacent to the threat of fire ants," he said.

"Not only are their bites extremely painful and potentially fatal for humans, but they can kill chicks, birds, and even small calves.

"Even with vegetation they can eat seeds planted into the ground and, given the right conditions, can breed quite quickly.

"It's important people don't move soil from suburb to suburb or take things like pot plants interstate to stop fire ants spreading."

The fire ant, a native of South America, was discovered in Brisbane in February 2001.

The largest outbreak in the state occurred around the Wacol/Darra region before spreading into Ipswich and outer suburbs such as Amberley and Purga.

Fire ant populations have decreased in the Ipswich region following successful baiting programs by the Department of Primary Industries.

But with the pests not completely eradicated, Mr Cordingley erected warning signs in Flinders View, East Ipswich, Brassall and West Ipswich.

"They might be down in numbers, but if we do nothing about it that could easily change," he said.

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Leaf Cutter Ants - The Great Ant Escape


Best-Laid Plans Fail to Trap Ants at Academy of Sciences



It took humans about three years and countless hours of planning to rebuild San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences-but less than a year for the leaf cutter ants to figure a way to bust out.

Thousands of ants on exhibit at the museum were put under lockdown last summer after workers discovered they had bored passages inside a feeding tree near their nest in a mock rain forest, which allowed them to flee their enclosure. A new artificial tree has been installed, but officials say the ants will remain locked up for a few more weeks until officials can be sure they don't escape again.

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It took leafcutter ants less than a year to escape their enclosure.

"The ants decided they would like to expand their territory-and proved that they were smarter than the humans who designed their display," says Stephanie Stone, an academy spokeswoman.

Much has been written about the wonders of the academy since it reopened in Golden Gate Park in September 2008 after a $500 million revamp. The academy now boasts a state-of-the-art environmental design with a planted "living roof" and popular attractions such as a living coral reef and a four-story tropical rain forest. Almost three million people have visited since the reopening, allowing the nonprofit to break even on expenses, officials say.

Still, academy officials say a few creatures are besting their carefully laid plans. As a result, workers are having to wage a behind-the-scenes battle against some of the museum's 38,000 living specimens...

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Poison-Taster Ants Help Save Colonies


Hoping to combat invading ants with poison? It turns out ants have sophisticated group strategies to avoiding destruction.

By Jennifer Viegas | Fri Jan 8, 2010 07:12 AM ET

Researchers marked ants, shown here, to analyze how they combat famine and poisoning.
Thomas Klimek

On cold, damp days, starving ants often march into homes seeking food, and some homeowners put out poison to try and stop them. But ants have evolved three successful ways to combat both poisonings and famine, including sacrificing some ants as poison tasters.

The findings, accepted for publication in the journal Animal Behavior, may apply to humans -- and not just those with ant invasions -- because they show how food can be distributed quickly after a famine, while also guarding against sickness, or even death, from poison.

Ants "have evolved to great ecological success over millions of years and hence are likely to have found a solution," lead author Ana Sendova-Franks told Discovery News, adding that it's also "relatively easy to study experimentally the link between two levels of organization: the individual and the system." 

Sendova-Franks, an associate professor of biometry and animal behavior at the University of the West of England, and her team collected four Temnothorax albipennis colonies in Dorset and housed them in man-made nests.

The researchers did not give the ants food or water for 48 hours, which is actually a mild deprivation representing "the normal level of hunger of ant colonies in the field," Sendova-Franks said. Some colonies can survive up to eight months of starvation. Before and after providing food on the third day, the scientists tracked each individual worker ant.  

During famine, some worker ants that normally were active outside of the colony stayed put, retaining food and getting new food from foragers. When other ants then needed a boost, the stay-at-home ants shared their food using mouth-to-mouth regurgitation.

These "living silos are a completely new discovery," according to Sendova-Franks.

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Fire Ants - Texas two-step with fire ants

By John Ford CEA-AG Kleberg-Kenedy

2010 has started a lot different from 2009. South Texas has been blessed with abundant rain.

However, we can expect to see an increase in some lawn pest, both insect and disease, that the dry weather of 2009 kept in check.

The recent rains will no doubt lead to an increase in fire ant activity later this spring. Implementing the Texas Two-Step control method now and again in the fall months will eliminate many of those nasty pest.

The Texas Two-Step Method gives excellent control of fire ants with less cost and bother.

Just as important it’s safe and easy to do. Two-step pesticides can be found in any nursery, garden center or hardware store.

When properly applied, this method causes little risk to people, pets or the environment.

The first step is to broadcast a fire ant bait, a product containing a food plus an insecticide, over the whole yard.

When collected by worker ants, bait particles are carried to the colony and shared with the queen and other ants.

Less pesticide is needed with baits because this kind of delivery is so efficient.

Apply baits at the right time. Baits are effective only when fire ants are actively searching for food.

Ants remove baits from the soil surface within a few hours if baits are applied during peak foraging times.

Fire ants forage when the soil surface temperature is between 70 and 90 degrees.

The second step is to treat problem ant colonies, those needing attention, using a mound treatment.

Mound treatment is a way of destroying one colony at a time. It is the fastest way to get rid of individual colonies.

It’s not necessary to treat all fire ant colonies with mound treatment after applying a bait...

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Ant Control - How to keep them out!


During the rain and cold season the most common pest we ant controlencounter in our homes are ants.  Controlling ants isn't an easy task, those ant trails go far beyond your Kitchen counters and floor.

A trained, licensed technician knows how to handle sever infestations and most importantly getting to the source. I would recomend following the tips we are about to share with you over a DIY chemical application. DIY chemical applications are dangerous and more and more injuries are occuring each year year, if all else fails contact a pro who is trained to handle and work with pesticides and can get to the source!


  • Keep a tidy house, any food particles that may be left on kitchen counters may attract ants.
  • Vacuum every few days, any food particles that mave have been dropped by a child of family pet is an open inventation.
  • Seal gaps under sinks (plumbing) and around windows

Most infestations can be controlled with Clark's Year Round Pest Control. However, in cases of heavy, difficult infestations a combination of residual barriers and baits may be used.

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Ant Pest Control-Ants know to decide on their own



Against all logic, the colonies of ants seeking to change the ant does not proceed by comparing several sites before settling. Every individual makes a selection according to its own criteria. When humans move, they usually visit several houses before deciding which one they prefer, or which best reflects their preferences. The ants themselves, carry any differently.

To understand this, researchers at the University of Bristol, led by Elva Robinson, have equipped several ants of the species Temnothorax albipennis (ants rocks) with tiny radio transmitters (in fact passive circuits RFID) 3 mm, set on their backs. The team has managed to track accurately the progress of members of an anthill in search of habitat, and
determine how these insects choose their new home.

The ants from an anthill destroyed for the purpose of the experiment were placed in a situation where two potential nesting sites were found, one close enough, the other four times more distant.

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Ants - Medicinal Ant Extract of Polyrhachis ... Check this out!


A Revolutionary New Treatment from Traditional Chinese Medicine

Key Points:

  • Evidence-Based
  • All Natural
  • Superior Manufacturing

Key Applications:

  • Bone and Joint Support
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Natural Analgesic   
  • Immune Support

Overview for Physicians

Certain species of ant have been used as food and drink, and as medicine, for thousands of years in traditional cultures around the world, including Africa, Asia, the Americas and parts of Europe. Usage is strikingly consistent worldwide for certain ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis and wound care (anti-inflammatory effects), sexual hypofunction, and as a general health tonic (indicating immune boosting capabilities).

This usage is best documented in China, whose long history of herbal medicine has been painstakingly and thoroughly documented over the centuries, and where traditional medicine is currently studied and practiced alongside Western models.

Several scientific studies of ethanol extract of Chinese Medicinal Ants, genus Polyrhachis, detailed within, present data supporting the beneficial pharmacologic effects on animals and humans, including strong evidence of anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, remarkable anti-oxidant activity, and direct curative effect on human patients with rheumatoid arthritis and chronic hepatitis, both inflammatory diseases.

It should be noted that as medicines from natural materials gain credibility with Western science and become the basis for pharmaceutical grade treatments, it is important for us to remember that "herbal" medicine is not limited to plant materials, and that traditional cultures can help us overcome our biases and point us in the direction of previously overlooked sources of powerful, and beneficial, compounds.

History of Chinese Medicinal Ants

The black mountain or weaver ant, Polyrhachis vicina Roger, has a 3,000 year history in traditional Chinese medicine. Highly regarded as an anti-inflammatory, Polyrhachis vicina Roger is prescribed as medicine, infused into tea and wine, and eaten as food. Polyrhachis vicina Roger has long been held to relieve bone and joint pain, promote longevity, vitality and sexual function, help regulate the immune systems, and is noted for its anti-aging effects.

The first recorded mention of of Chinese Medicinal Ants is in Zhou-Li, an ancient text dating from the 8th century B.C, which mentions ants as an excellent food for the king. More specifically, by the 16th century, the many pharmacological properties of Chinese Medicinal Ants were known and detailed in the Compendium of Materia Medica (Ben Cao Gang Mu), a text still respected today in China, where traditional medicine is studied and practiced alongside Western medicine.

Villagers in the mountainous Chinese province of Guangxi, location of the Bama county longevity cluster, regularly drink ant wine, and it is often prescribed by village doctors to middle-aged and elderly patients. The distillation process involved in making the wine provides an effective delivery system similar to the pharmaceutical grade ethanol extract of Chinese Medicinal Ant (ECMA) used in Chinese hospitals to treat inflammatory disease. Physician Perfected uses the same rigorous ethanol extraction process used in modern Chinese hospitals.

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2 days till Christmas..oh forget it, its Christmas Eve!! - Pest Tips


So tonight is the big night, weather you are hosting a holiday party or attending one, be sure to keep things tidy to avoid unwanted holiday visitors!

What can be lurking around your tree?

It is the season for Ants, Termites and Rodents, these 3 Grinches want to ruin your Christmas so take a stand by doing the following:


  • Make sure all access points are sealed up, primarily around plumbing that comes into the house.
  • All doors are fitted with door sweeps
  • Excess card board and news paper is not stacked in side your garage or shed. 
  • Trim trees and shrubs back from your home


  • Seal around plumbing under sinks
  • Seal around electrical outlets
  • Keep food preperation areas are free from food particles
  • Cover food left out over night
  • Keep fire wood away from your home
  • Keep card board away from your home
  • Tend to any water leaks 
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