Interesting Ant Facts

January 19, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Some researchers say that fire ants have an internal “compass” created by eating tiny bits of mineral called magnetite, allowing them to navigate in the darkness.

The “bullet” ants of Central and South America are given that name due to the intense burning pain caused by their sting.

*The pain caused by this insect’s sting is purported to be greater than that of any other Hymenopteran, and is ranked as the most painful according to the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. It is described as causing “waves of burning, throbbing, all-consuming pain that continues unabated for up to 24 hours”. It is thought that the ant has evolved this way to ward off any predators who would normally unearth them. In some indigenous communities, to enter manhood, a boy has to endure being stung by the ant 20 times without screaming. A paralyzing neurotoxic peptide isolated from the venom is poneratoxin.

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Pest Control Is Not A Luxury

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Effective pest management is a thankless job. When homeowners have a pest problem the pest management professional is a welcome sight but when there aren’t any pests they start to question the necessity for such a luxury.

Keep in mind that it is easier and less expensive to maintain a pest free environment than it is to eliminate an infestation when it occurs. Another misconception is that pests are less of a problem in the colder northern climates, this is just not true. Insects are survivors. Insects like roaches and ants are as much, if not more of a problem when the cold weather drives them inside.

The first step in pest management in and around your home is to prevent them from getting in, in the first place.
Perimeter applications to the foundation and points of entry with residual products are the first line of defense.
Sweeping around the eaves is an effective way to control spiders when followed with a residual application.

When ants become a problem inside the home, baiting is often necessary to kill the nest and completely eliminate the infestation. Roach infestations can be particularly difficult to control. Roaches have been around for millions of years and there are no signs of them going anywhere anytime soon. Serious infestations will often require changes in sanitation as well as bait and chemical applications to provide control.

It is plain to see the importance of the pest management professional in protecting your health and property.