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Ants

ANTS

General Information: Ants are social insects, and mainly nuisance pests. There are over 217 species of ants in California alone. Most ants are omnivorous, meaning they will eat almost anything, including insects, honeydew, sweets, greases, oils, vegetables, and bread. Ants locate food simply by random searching. Their sense of smell is their best developed sense.
 
Control:
 
(1)   Pest inspection
(2)   Good sanitation
(3)   Chemical treatment
(4)   Non-chemical treatment
(5)   Baiting
(6)   Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
 
ORMIGAS

INFORMACION GENERAL: ORMIGAS SON INSECTOS SOCIALES, Y PRINCIPALMENTE PARASITOS FASTIDIOSOS. HAY MAS DE 217 ESPECIES DE ORMIGAS SOLAMENTE EN CALIFORNIA. MAJORMENTE ORMIGAS SON OMNIVOROS, OSEA COMEN CASI CUALQUIER COSA, INCLUYENDO INSECTOS, DULCES, GRASAS, ACEITES, VEGETALES, Y PAN. ORMIGAS LOCALIZAN COMIDA BUSCANDO SIMPLEMENTE AL AZAR DEL ALIMENTO. SU SENTIDO DEL OLOR SON SU MEJOR SENTIDO DESAROLLADO.
 
CONTROL:
 
(1) INSPECION DE PARASITOS
(2) BUEN SANAEMIENTO
(3) TRATAMIENTO QUIMICO
(4) TRATAMIENTO SIN QUIMICO
(5) CEBAR
(6) ENTRAMPAR
(7) MANEJO INTEGRADO DE PARASITOS/INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM)

 

Description:
    Small, dark colored
    Worker ants are about 3 millimeters long
    Queens are two to four times the length of workers
    6 legs
    Segmented; oval shape

Reproduction:
    Workers do not lay reproductive eggs, but can direct the development of eggs into reproductive females.
    Queens seldom or never disperse in winged form.
    As few as 10 workers and a single queen can establish a new colony.
    There are as many as 8 queens per 1,000 workers
    Workers live about a month as adults
    Queens live up to 10 years or more
    Eggs are white, laid in the summer
    Larvae emerge after about 28 days
    Pupal period may last 10-25 days
    It takes about 2 months from egg to adult, but may take up to 4-5 months

Habits:
    Common household pest
    Often enters structures in search of food or water (particularly during dry/hot weather), or to escape flooded nest after rainfall.
    Bathroom faucets and drains
    Especially fond of sweets, but will feed on any food
    Tuna, syrups (even cough syrups), juices, egg, dead spiders and rodents, feces vomit
    They do not sting or bite
    Live to nest in moist soil next to buildings or under them
    Will set up quarters in the ground, in cracks, concrete walls, between  boards and timber, and among human dwellings.
    Can be found near sidewalks and plants
    Queens and larvae will eat the protein/ grease
    Workers will eat the sugar based products
    Extremely mobile and will move colonies frequently

Prevention Tips:
    Empty trash often and make sure your house is free of crumbs and food particles.
    Make sure food containers are tightly closed, without residual traces of food on the sides of the container.
    Eliminate standing water
    Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house
    Seal all cracks and little holes around the bottom of your house
    Make sure firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home

Bite-Away’s Treatment Methods:
    Monthly or Bi-Monthly Pest Control Treatment
    A combination of baits, dusts, and liquids
    Baits
    Maxforce Ant Bait
    Liquids
    Termidor
    Bifin
    ExciteR
    Lawn Granules
    Wisdom Lawn Granules
    Areas of treatment
    Cracks and Crevices
    Behind kitchen appliances
    Along baseboards
    Under sinks
    In pantries
    Around pipes and water drains
    Window and door frames
    Exterior of structure