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Pest Library

Here you can learn a little about some common and not so common pest you may see around your home or business.

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Ants

    Ants are one of the most successful groups of insects. They are social insects that live in colonies which are usually located on 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 protein-containing substances.
    About 700 species of ants occur in the United States. Of these, only about 25 species commonly infest homes.
    The biology and habits of each ant species are different, so a detailed knowledge of these for each species is necessary for effective control.

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Capenter Ant

    The Carpenter Ant is a native species and is a common species in the east. This species was introduced from southeastern Asia. These ants get their common name from their habit of hollowing out galleries in pieces of wood for nesting purposes. This nesting habit can result in structural damage. Carpenter Ants can be found throughout the United States.
Recognition:
    Workers are polymorphic(different sizes) from 1/8-1/2 inches but vary greatly in size. Queens are about 1/2-5/8 inches long. The color is black, combinations of red and black, or completely red or brown. The antennae is segmented into 12 sections, and does not have a clubbed end. The thorax lacks spines,and the profile is evenly rounded on the upper side. They have a circlet of hairs on the gaster. Although carpenter ants do not sting, their bites can be quite painful, especially when they inject formic acid into the wound.