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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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Pavement Ant

    This ant gets it's name from commonly locating it's nest in or under cracks in pavement. Pavement Ants were introduced from Europe by the early colonists. They are found in most of the eastern half of the United States, and on the west coast in California and Washington.
Recognition:
    Workers are monomorphic(one size), about 1/16-1/8 inches long. The queens are about ΒΌ inch long. The color is light brown to black with paler legs and antennae. The head and thorax are grooved with parallel lines. The antennae is segmented in 12 sections and has a 3 segmented clubbed end. The thorax has a pair of small spines on the upper back part. The profile is unevenly rounded. There is a stinger present. Swarmers can be distinguished from other ant swarmers by the presence of fine grooves on their head and thorax, similar to those of the workers.