Tag: carpenter ants

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Ants: Oral transfer serves newfound role in colony development

December 6, 2016 By
A new study suggests trophallaxis in the Florida carpenter ant (Camponotus floridanus) plays a previously unknown role in communication: it enables communal control of colony phenotypes. Ants and other social insects such as termites use trophallaxis, or oral fluid exchange, to... Read more»
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Survey: Most-managed pests of 2016

November 28, 2016 By
Mosquitoes may have stolen all the headlines this year, thanks to non-stop worldwide coverage of the Zika virus. But in the U.S., pest management professionals (PMPs) are still cashing in the most on ants — specifically carpenter ants, which technically... Read more»

Termites vs. carpenter ants: Know your wood destroyers

May 6, 2016 By
Chances are you’ve experienced a customer call (or dozens) for “a termite infestation,” only to find no evidence of such pests on-site, but a lot of telltale signs of carpenter ants. It’s a fairly common mistake for the public to... Read more»
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Carpenter ants use tree branch as pathway into home

May 2, 2016 By
“The Dark Side of a tree branch is the pathway to many abilities some consider to be … unnatural.” Allen Langley, president of H&H Pest Control Inc. in Shelby, N.C., will do whatever it takes to solve a customer’s pest... Read more»
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Ask the expert: Carpenter ant, phorid fly and yellowjacket Q&A

April 4, 2016 By
Email your questions about insect identification and pest management technologies and techniques to Dr. Mampe. Your questions most likely will be printed and answered in one of Pest Management Professional’s upcoming Ask the Expert columns. Q: Several months ago, we... Read more»
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Citronella ants (Acanthomyops spp.)

Ask the Expert: Citronella & Carpenter Ants, Drain Flies and Lygaeids

November 25, 2015 By
Q: Citronella ants (Acanthomyops spp.) are swarming in an operating room (OR) at a local hospital. What can I do about them? The OR is currently shut down. —Richard H., New Hampshire A: Citronella ants nest in the soil. I’d... Read more»
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Carpenter Ants Build the Business

May 21, 2015 By
Keith “Junior” Duncan Jr. is the CEO of Black Diamond Termite & Pest Control, which has been servicing southern Indiana and northern Kentucky since 1940. Duncan represents the third generation of ownership for the company, which became the largest local... Read more»
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Tips & Tricks: How Carpenter Ants Gain Access to Attics

November 29, 2014 By
Carpenter ants are the largest ants found in attics. Because they’re a wood-destroying organism (WDO), it’s important to find the nest quickly. Carpenter ants gain access via overhanging tree limbs or electrical service wiring. Damp, rotting wood is common near... Read more»
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Carpenter ants often hollow out wood for nesting.

Ask the Expert: Carpenter Ants, Powderpost Beetles, Bees and Swarming Ants

August 30, 2014 By
Q: A customer has a carpenter ant problem in her kitchen. It’s early spring, so they’re not coming from outside. The customer has allergies and doesn’t want any sprays, so I’m planning to use baits. What baits will work best?... Read more»
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Tips and Tricks: Are Termites the Problem? Location Makes a Difference

August 23, 2014 By
When we talk about wood-destroying insects and organisms (WDI/WDO), we tend to think only of subterranean termites — although this might depend on your location: The Northeast tends to focus on carpenter ants. But don’t forget to inspect for powderpost... Read more»