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Fire ant colonies float in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters

September 5, 2017 By
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, images of floating fire ant colonies from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston have gone viral on social media. Meanwhile, in Cuero, the river has brought my aunt all of the fire ants.... Read more»
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Research: Battle Argentine ants with bait derived from seaweed

August 22, 2017 By
A research team at the University of California-Riverside is working on an inexpensive, biodegradable, seaweed-based bait for Argentine ants (Linepithema humile). The Argentine ant is an invasive species with a worldwide distribution. It is a major nuisance in southern states... Read more»
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Pavement ants: Always ready to rumble

July 21, 2017 By
Dr. Michael Greene, associate professor and graduate program director for the University of Colorado Denver Department of Integrative Biology, studies the brains and actions of pavement ants (Tetramorium caespitum) — and theorizes human behavioral tendencies from the findings. As a... Read more»
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Ants across America: PMP publishes 2017 Ant Management Survey results

May 11, 2017 By
Ant management is good business all throughout the country, say respondents to PMP’s exclusive survey. Ants are problematic throughout the United States. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a pest management professional (PMP) working in the South, West or Northeast; you’re... Read more»

Successfully manage carpenter ants by using the 3 i’s

April 26, 2017 By
Successful carpenter ant management comes down to “interview, identify and inspect.” Yes, those big black ants come every spring, but then they disappear! This homeowner comment is common — and should alert the technician that there is a problem with carpenter... Read more»

Carpenter ants aren’t always evil

April 24, 2017 By
Let’s set the record straight: Carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.) are not all “evil” or “bad.” They play a positive role in forested environments. Carpenter ants nest in both living and dead trees, as well as rotting logs and stumps. In... Read more»

Q&A: Best ant management lessons learned

April 19, 2017 By and
What’s the best ant management lesson you’ve learned? Experts chime in: “In Houston, we had a mall-turned-assisted-living facility that was infested with Argentine ants (Linepithema humile). After several months of little success, we cleaned up all the inside sources of... Read more»
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Are pharaoh ants leaders of the pack?

April 4, 2017 By
Pest Management Professional (PMP): (looking around) This is a pretty nice kitchen. Have you been here long? Pharaoh Ant (PA): (rather guarded) Not at all. I hitchhiked here when the owners brought in some vegetables from their garden. As for... Read more»
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Interior carpenter ant nests aren’t always in wood

March 22, 2017 By
Carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.) are important pests. In some regions, they are the primary wood-destroying insect (WDI) encountered by pest management professionals (PMPs). The textbook signs of an infestation include damaged wood and evidence of frass (wood shavings), which often... Read more»

Thief ants: How they got their name

January 27, 2017 By
You have to wonder what thief ants (Solenopsis molesta) did to get their name. Swipe packs of gum from the grocery store checkout lane? Steal purses from old ladies? Actually, thief ants are named for their tendency to nest close... Read more»
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