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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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MN Pest Control for Minneapolis and St Paul

A little about Carpet Ants

Have you noticed a flow of large black ants hanging around somewhere in your home? Maybe you may have noticed some sawdust around your baseboards in the same general area as the ants? Chances are you have a carpenter ants trouble and you need to take care of them immediately. Carpenter ants can cause a lot bit of
damage in a short period of time, and what’s worse is they multiply rapidly. (more…)

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Minnesota Homeowners Seek Pest Control Services For Carpenter Ants

Ants are on the march, as Spring marks the peak months of swarming season. Reports are especially high during their swarming season, April through June. During these months, new colonies are established while fresh food sources are sought out. Carpenter ants are nocturnal migrating pests, with peak hours of activity just before and after sunset.  Many Minnesota homeowners are unaware of their property being invaded, as months may pass without any noticeable signs of infestation.

Ants encompass a broad spectrum of ant species. These species vary greatly in both physical appearance and behavior. This diversity makes it extremely difficult for the average homeowner to prevent or eradicate these pests, as different species are attracted to various food sources and environments. (more…)

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Get Rid of Ants In Your Minnesota Home

Introduction To Ant Control

Ants are one of the most common pests in and around homes in the north central states. Ants are social insects and are divided up into three castes: workers, males, and queens (figure 1).

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Figure 1. Typical ant castes, from left to right: queen, winged male, major worker, minor worker (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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Carpenter Ant Pest Removal | MN Ant Pest Control | Carpenter Ants

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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