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Notable Ants: Mycocepurus Smithii

Part two of our notable ants from around the world highlights the Mycocepurus Smithii ant.

The Mycocepurus Smithii ants are native to South America and are reputed to exist in colonies made up of only females. They reproduce asexually. The ants cultivate gardens of fungus within their colonies on foraged green matter dragged to the nests. They can also grow this fungus on dead insects that they bring to the colony. As of current research, these ants have no known effects on humans, be it positive or negative. They live in grasslands and rainforests.

More about Mycocepurus Smithii:

  • Only the queens reproduce.
  • Build nests made of leaves and caterpillar droppings.
  • Queens will leave the nest, carrying fungus on her wings to start new colonies.

Notable Ants: Pharaoh Ants

More than 12,000 known species of ants exist in our world.  Because of their diversity, many interesting ants have become popular throughout globe.  Some are scary, some are harmful, some are just plain interesting to observe.  Some stand out because of their conquering ways, feeding habits, economic impact, and geographical distribution. This is part one in our series on a few notable ants in our world:

The Pharaoh Ant

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Pharaoh Ant – courtesy Pest and Diseases Image Library, Bugwood.org
No, the Pharaoh ant (monomorium pharaonis) was not the insect that invaded Egypt just before Moses led the children out of Israel, but it was mistakenly named the Pharaoh ant because scholars once thought that it was. While it does not deserve any credit for helping free God’s Children from slavery in Egypt, the ant is native to Africa and has made its mark all over the world.  

Its colonies vary in size — up to several hundred thousand individuals. It is an indoor pest and has remarkable resistance to many pesticides, so controlling its population can be difficult. They like fatty, sweet, or oily foods, so they are a very serious danger since they carry disease-causing microbes that contaminate animal and human food.

Regarding Pharaoh Ants:

  • Colonies multiple queens, making it easy for them to form multiple colonies.
  • The males die within five weeks of mating.
  • Often referred to as “sugar ants,” they also eat other insects.
  • The ants have been known to be carriers of salmonella and other diseases. They can spread infection, especially in medical facilities.
  • Can lift three times their body weight.

Winter Rodent Control

Everyone knows it’s winter when we look at the news and weather reports. The forecasts of snow, the below zero temperatures, and wind chills that go to 40 degrees below zero make us seek shelter. But we are not the only ones seeking shelter. During this cold season insects rodents and wildlife seek shelter in warm places such as our homes and businesses in order to survive.

Rodents, insects and possibly larger animals like raccoons will do what they feel they have to do to escape severe weather conditions. So the best choice for homeowners, business owners, warehouse sites, management of Health care, assisted, and community living to rid themselves of an infestation over the winter months is to call Hooper Pest Control choice for addressing these pests in the greater Cincinnati area.

Hooper Pest Control has the knowledge and experience to choose the right applications that will be effective in colder temperatures, in enclosed areas, or when people / pets may be present.  Correct application dosages and focused areas have to be done in accordance with Federal and State regulations, and Hooper Pest Control is the right choice. Food storage areas and specialized equipment areas are susceptible to infestations and the loss of thousands of dollars if left untreated.

TESTIMONIAL

Dear Mr. Hooper

Your company, Hooper Termite and Pest Control, has recently completed another assignment for me.

It is my pleasure to report your company has again met my expectations in trapping and removing the Raccoon. The situation was quickly evaluated. You provided quick service to control the situation.  And, as I have come to expect, the service was professional and it worked completely.

You are my service provider of choice for pest control. Thanks for all you do.

Peace and Best Wishes:
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Before any treatment recommendations are made, a thorough site evaluation of buildings and perimeters must be done. On the outside, inspect walls, foundations, sheet metal enclosures, wood exterior panels, door openings, fence lines, roof lines where joining another part of the structure, window frame crevices, drainage outlets that become open during dry weather, concrete block cracks, openings where building access door mechanisms do not seal, or recent weather-related damage that could have opened a new access point in your building.

On the interior, inspect living area, attics, basements, inner offices, roof rafters, storage locations, places of stockpiling where infrequent use makes a better “nest”, secluded electrical enclosures that have poor sealing or outdated access opening covers for insulation damage or dead rodent intruders.

 

What to look for: Sawdust, chewed wood where a new access opening has developed, loose product on the floor that appears unexpectedly due to invasion of a bagged or boxed material stored on upper warehouse racks, dropping accumulation, frequent recognition of the same pests in the same area over time, and obvious nesting seen. And do NOT store firewood next to homes, buildings, or important structures because ants, termites and other insects can migrate to the adjacent area. Hooper Pest Control can offer sound counsel and expert remedial solutions to fit any specific problem you may have.

Hooper Pest Control received a call about mice being seen in the kitchen area. During the inspection we observed openings around three PVC lines going through the concrete foundation, a window in a crawl space that was not secure due to a vent going thought the center, a hole was gnawed in the garage ceiling from mice under the insulation in the attic. Treatment; Placement of Tamper Resistant Bait Stations Perimeter of foundation, and in the garage, use Copper mesh and caulk around  PVC pipe, Placement of traps above drop ceiling in basement below kitchen sink,  in laundry area (basement) in kitchen area, and in garage, Used Hardware cloth to rodent proof window. Scheduled follow up to monitor traps and bait stations.