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Red Imported Fire Ants

Posted on: August 27th, 2012 by pelican

Description

Red imported fire ants nest in soil and build mound nests. They can infest garages.

Color– Dark reddish brown, Size-1/8-3/8 inches, Shape– Segmented; oval, Legs-Six, Antenna-Yes, Flying-Winged swarmers.
Habits

These ants will build large mound nests, and will sting humans who come across a nest.
Habitat

Red imported fire ants will build their nest mounds outdoors in landscape areas or near a structural foundation. The ant will gain entry to a building through holes or cracks.
Threats

The sting of a red imported fire ant is painful and often results in a raised welt that becomes a white pustule. Often, a person stung by a red imported fire ant receives multiple painful stings from more than one of the ants. Persons allergic to insect stings will react more severely.
Prevention

Red imported fire ants and their telltale mound nests should be actively avoided. To prevent entry into a structure, seal all internal and external cracks and crevices.

 

Source: http://www.npmapestworld.org/pestPedia/article.cfm?id=605

House Ants

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 by pelican

This ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny insects range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long.

Description

ColorBrown or Black, Legs-Six, ShapeSegmented; oval,

┬áSize– 1/16-1/8 inches, AntennaeYes, & FlyingWinged swarmers.

Habits

Odorous house ants like to eat sweets, especially melon.

Habitat

Typically living for several years, these ants make their homes in exposed soil and wall voids.

Threats

These ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided.

Prevention

Eliminate standing water. Pests such as odorous house ants are attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.

Source: http://www.npmapestworld.org/pestPedia/article.cfm?id=603

 

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