Posts Tagged ‘carpenter ants’

It’s that time of the year and the ants are back. Unless these guys are identified properly it can be very difficult to control them. In PCT Magazine’s May Ant Control issue they emphasis the importance of proper identification of new ant species in their article Native or Invaders. Enjoy the article and if you need help identifying the species, come see us.

In January 2012, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) completed a nationwide survey of pest management professionals (PMPs) regarding treatments for ants. Only bed bugs ranked as being more difficult to control. Ants were treated by 100 percent of the companies that participated in the survey. The most common ants treated were carpenter ants (66 percent of the companies), odorous house ants (62 percent) and pavement ants (59 percent). Six other species were treated and the number varied from 20 percent to 36 percent. Another question asked in the survey was: “Do you feel the incidence of ants in your region is increasing, decreasing or remaining the same?” Results revealed that 54 percent thought the incidence was increasing, whereas 41 percent thought it was the same and only 5 percent indicated the incidence was decreasing.

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According to a recent report in PCT Magazine, ant activity is on the rise. “PCOs were reporting a marked rise in ant work, with ants replacing cockroaches as the most economically important pest in many parts of the country. Research commissioned by PCT also indicated the ant segment tied or surpassed termite work as the largest growth segment for much of the decade. Early on, the ant increase was blamed on warmer weather patterns throughout the U.S. as well as an increase in homeowner watering systems.”

This report indicated not only warmer weather patterns being the cause but also an increase in worldwide trading. More shipments arriving in our ports are introducing a variety of new ant species to the US. Dr. Roger Gold, professor and endowed chair in urban and structural entomology at Texas A&M University is quoted in this article saying “The boom in ant work has been characterized by a number of invasive and problematic ant species having been introduced from other parts of the world. It just seems like in the last few years with a lot of trade going on internationally that we have a lot more introductions than I remember in my whole career.”

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We know you’ve been chomping at the bit. That’s why Bug Off Pest Control Center is hosting The Termite Training Course. We’ll help you stop those termites from chomping everything else!

We hope you can join us April 28th and 29th for this event and to earn your credits. There will be 2 sessions available. Please see our web site for credit details.

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