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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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Odurous House Ant

    This species of ant gets it's common name from the pungent, rotten-coconut like odor given off when they are crushed. It is native to the United States, and found throughout. It is a MAJOR structural invading species in the mid- Atlantic states. It is also a problem in the mid-western and mid-southern regions.
Recognition:
    Workers are monomorphic(one size). They are about 1/16-1/8 inches long. The color is brown to black. The antennae are segmented into 12 sections, and do not have a clubbed end. The thorax lacks spines, and the profile is unevenly rounded. The small node section is covered by the gaster, which is hairless. The workers emit a rotten coconut like odor when crushed.