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Stopping Ants Entering Your Home Minnesota

Minnesota homeowners have more than enough to worry about; the last thing you want to have on your mind is pesky ants wandering through your home and your life. (more…)

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Fun Facts About Ants

Ants will enslave other ants, keeping them captive and making them do work for the colony.
Quite a few ant species will take captives from other ant species, forcing them to do chores for their own colony. Some honeypot ants will even enslave ants of the same species, taking individuals from foreign colonies to do their bidding. Polyergus queens, also known as Amazon ants, raid the colonies of unsuspecting Formica ants. The Amazon queen will find and kill the Formica queen, then enslave the Formica workers. The slave workers help her rear her own brood. When her Polyergus offspring reach adulthood, their sole purpose is to raid other Formica colonies and bring back their pupae, ensuring a steady supply of slave workers.  Hmmmm! (more…)

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Get Professional Help For Carpenter Ants MN

Carpenter ants make their nests in galleries they bore out of wood. The nest can be inside or outside the house.  Carpenter ants are active indoors during many months of the year, usually during the spring and summer. When ants are active in the house during late winter/early spring (February/March), the infestation (nest) is probably within the household. When carpenter ants are first seen in the spring and summer (May/June), then the nest is likely outdoors and the ants are simply coming in for food. The natural food of the ants consists of honeydew from aphids, other insects, and plant juices, but they will readily forage for water and food scraps within the house. (more…)

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Aren’t Termites The Same As Ants?

If you’ve noticed tiny insects in and around your home, you may be wondering what you’re infested with. One of your first ideas will probably be ants or termites. But aren’t they just the same thing? Actually, they’re not. If you want to know how to tell the difference between ants and termites, here are a few pointers with some solid information about termites and ants. (more…)

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Help! Ants Out Of Control!

Ants are truly one of the wonders of the world and they have many key roles in the environment. Ants help keep the insect population down, they work as a natural composter by breaking up organic materials, and they even do a very nice job aerating the soil. That said, having ants in your home or even excessive ants around your yard can cause problems for the home owner. If a property has too many ants they can literally destroy gardens, create a mine field out of your yard, and some varieties of ants have a very painful bite. If you discover that you have carpenter ants you should contact a professional as they can do a great deal of structural damage to a home in short order

Ants build colonies and rely on their scouts to ensure the survival of the colony by finding a constant source of food and water. When the scouts find food they leave a scent trail that the colony can follow to retrieve the resources. For a home owner to ensure that ants will no longer bother them they need to follow three steps: Removing the scent trail, prevent them access to your home, and destroy nearby colonies if needed. (more…)

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Are You Sure Those Are Ants?  Ant or Termite?  How Can You To Tell The Difference?

Entomologists refer to winged ants and termites as alates. The alate is simply the adult, sexually mature stage in the ant or termite life cycle. Alates develop in the colony from immature stages prior to the flight season. When the alates receive the proper cues (warm temperatures, bright sunlight, low winds, for example) they will leave the colony and fly away to start their own colonies. The exodus of alates from a colony, known as a dispersal or nuptial flight, is commonly referred to as swarming; so alates are often referred to as swarmers. Male and female termites shed their wings and will pair up when a suitable mate is found. Then they will search for a suitably damp piece of wood or soil where they will start their new colony. Swarming in ants is different. Male and female alates leave the nest and after the female is inseminated, the male dies. The newly fertilized female then searches for a suitable nesting site – the choice of where to nest depends on the species. (more…)

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Ant or Termite? How To Tell the Difference

Winged ants and termites look similar and are often mistaken for each other. Both are black, with six legs, and are approximately half an inch long. The pest control methods required to deal with ants and termites are quite different so it helps to know the main differences between them.

  • Ants’ bodies have three distinct sections with a narrow neck and a narrow waist.
  • Termites’ bodies are roughly the same width all the way along.
  • Ants have longer legs than termites.
  • Ants’ antennae are bent in the middle; termites’ antennae are straight.

If the insects you see in or near your home are winged termites, it is likely to be a swarming termite looking for a new nesting area in which to establish a colony. You should call your local pest control services right away for advice. If they confirm a termite problem, they can destroy the old colony, remove any termites that have begun to nest in your home, and help protect your home against future termite colonization.

If you do not want to destroy the ants’ nest, just keep them out of your home, you should try:

  • Store food securely, clean up crumbs, and wipe surfaces so that ants are not attracted into your home.
  • Put talc or salt under doors and around windows to deter ants from entering your home.

Outdoor nests can be very difficult to eliminate without chemicals. Using water to flood nests is usually not effective. Use of gasoline also is ineffective and dangerous and causes environmental pollution. Repeated drenchings of a nest with an insecticidal soap solution is sometimes effective in forcing an ant colony to relocate. There is no scientific evidence that spearmint gum, red pepper, orange peels, or various herbs repel ants effectively. Remember you must kill or relocate the queen to manage an ant colony.

Minnesota Ant Pest Control

Call a Minnesota pest control expert if your pest control methods don’t work; that ant could be a termite.

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