The winged female reproductive ant mates with a male reproductive either during flight or on the ground. The male dies shortly after
mating. The female then digs or adapts a cavity, usually in the soil or decaying wood. She will wall herself into the cavity. If her wings have not broken off by this time, she will tear them off. She then produces eggs. When the tiny, white, legless grubs (larvae) hatch, they feed on salivary secretions from the females’ stored fat cells and useless wing muscles. After several molts, the larvae change into soft, white pupae that look like motionless, white adults. Before they pupate, the larvae of some ants (carpenter ants and some other ants) spin a cocoon. When the pupae have made the internal changes for adult functioning, they molt into the adult stage. Adults take one of three roles of castes of the community: workers (all sterile females), female reproductives (queens), or male reproductives.
Males live short lives - they mate and die
Ant queens are females. They mate and raise the first brood by themselves. Afterwards, they produce eggs for the subsequent broods that go on to comprise the colony. They may live many years.
Workers, also females, tend the eggs, larvae, and pupae. They forage outside for food, enlarge, and defend the colony.
Other specialized groups may arise from the worker caste in certain species, for example soldiers (ants that defend the colony).
Foraging - Ants eat a wide variety of foods, including other insects, seeds, nectar, meats, greases, sugars, and honeydew. Honeydew is a liquid produced by plant sap-sucking insects of the Order Hemiptera, such as aphids, mealybugs, scale insects, and planthoppers. These insects feed in groups on plant stems and leaves. Many species of ants protect the insects from other insects and take the honeydew that these small sap-sucking insects produce.
Ants may appear to wander randomly until they locate a desired resource. Then they create distinct trails from the colony to food sources and back. Ants communicate with one another using various behaviors and chemical messengers (pheromones). Workers foraging for food attract and communicate their messages when they return to the colony.
Ant and termite swarmers
The swarming of small, dark insects near or inside a structure often disturb people who fear their homes are infested by termites. Pest control technicians must be able to distinguish between ant and termite reproductives and communicate the differences clearly and confidently to their clients.
Principal differences are:
Ants have complete metamorphosis that is; they go through the egg, larva, pupa, and adult stages each of which looks different from the others. Ant workers are adults.
Termites have gradual metamorphosis. They go through theegg, nymph and adult stages. Nymphs look much like adult workers. Reproductives are dark-bodied.
Ants have a thin or pinched waist (called the pedicel) between their thorax and the gaster. The abdomen is comprised of the pedicel plus the rounded gaster.
Termite waists are NOT narrow. Termite bodies are straight-bodied with no constriction. Thorax and abdomen blend well together.
Ants have elbowed antennae. A long, straight segment connects to the head. Remaining segments flex and bend.
Termite antennae are entirely flexible. They are made of many small segments strung out like beads. Termites wave them in front using to touch and feel.
Ant reproductives have two pairs of wings. The front pair is wider and longer than the back pair. Often ants have a dark spot on the leading vein of the front wings, and you can see the dark wing veins. Ant wings do not break off easily.
Termite wings are long and narrow. Both pairs are the same shape and almost the same length. Termite wings break off with a touch. If termite swarmers have been crawling, their broken wings litter the swarm area. you cannot see termite wing veins with the naked eye.
Yes, this is a caterpillar of Hemeroplanes triptolemus.The snake-like head is actually the bug’s backside,which it inflates and pretends to strike with.Like an actual snake.It is found in the rain forests or Mexico and Central America and is extremely rare.
Bloodsucking insects can torment humans and animals and can transmit disease. They are all parasites of humans or other host animals and are abundant at certain times of the year. Bloodsucking insects can be grouped as mosquitoes, flies, lice and true bugs.
Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus. The Asian tiger mosquito is recognized by a straight white stripe in the center of the thorax. It is a daytime biter and frequents shady areas. It breeds in artificial containers and tree holes that retain water. It prefers to rest in low shrubs near the ground. Unlike other mosquitoes the Asian Tiger loves to feed on blood meals during the daylight hours. If your out in the backyard around 3 pm and are being bitten by mosquitoes - chances are they are Asian Tigers. A good product to have on hand just for quick fogging sprays while in the backyard is PT 565 XLO 20 oz. It is an aerosol and very easy to use.
Black salt marsh mosquito, Aedes taeniorhynchus. The salt marsh mosquito is very common in coastal areas and is responsible for most mosquito spraying in Florida. It is not an important disease vector, but emerges in large numbers after rains and flooding. Salt marsh mosquitoes are found along the beaches and marshlands. In the United States they are very common in SW Florida in the Everglades. Salt marsh mosquitoes are known to fly up to 30 miles on or off shore. Areas near the Everglades that have the salt marsh are Naples, Fort Myers, Sanibel and Port Charlotte. Mosquito control districts in these areas conduct landing bite counts frequently to determine the need for aerial spraying. View a mosquito migration map of the flow of salt marsh mosquitoes in sw florida.
Stable fly, Stomoxys calcitrans. The stable fly looks like the house fly but sucks the blood of humans and animals. It has a bayonet-like proboscis that projects forward from the head. The thorax has a light-colored area between the longitudinal bands. The upper abdomen has a number of round dark spots. It usually bites about 12 inches to 18 inches from the ground.
Horse fly, Tabanus spp. Horse flies are large, heavy-bodied flies with large eyes. The wings are swept back at rest and the abdomen is pointed. The females suck blood and are strong, fast fliers. Larvae live in the mud on the bottom of ditches or in moist soil, feeding on other organisms. They are very prevalent at certain times of the year.
Deer fly, Chrysops spp. Deer flies are often called green-headed flies or yellow flies. Many species are light-brown or yellow. They suck the blood of humans and animals. The larvae live in marshy areas.
Sand fly, Culcoides spp. Sand flies are small bloodsucking gnats that are often called “noseeums” or “punkies.” Many breed in salt marshes or other moist areas. They are small enough to enter houses through normal window screening. Most species are active at sunrise and sunset.
Is it fleas on your dog or cat? What do they look like?
Fleas are annoying and are more common than you think. Fleas jump from one dog to the next and spread through out neighborhoods. If you think your Fido has fleas then roll him over and inspect his belly and skin. Remove the fleas manually or bathe the dog with an approved flea shampoo. In addition to bathing the dog there are other products available such as Petcor Flea Spray.
Petcor Flea Spray - 1 pt
Contains natural pyrethrins to immediately kill adult fleas.
Precor IGR, an Insect Growth Regulator that kills flea eggs for 63 days after application.
An effective addition to a flea control Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy.
Approved for use on dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.
Convenient - after you deliver it as part of your service, customers simply apply Petcor by spraying as needed.
The mobility of dogs and cats makes it difficult to treat all potential areas of flea infestation. So, it’s important to consider a flea control formulation that goes where they do - especially one that targets pre-adult fleas, the source of reinfestations. Petcor® Flea Spray contains Precor® IGR, an Insect Growth Regulator that targets flea eggs on the animal by sterilizing them.
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What is a mosquito misting system? Well i’d like for you to visualize a sprinkler system in a back yard but instead of water think of a botanical insecticide protecting your yard from mosquitoes, no see um’s, flies and many other biting insects.
The misting system is set to go off three to four times a day and will spray for a duration of 30 to 45 seconds. Keep in mind that it’s not appropriate to have insecticide mixed with any type of water supply directly so that is why MistAway Systems developed two different mosquito misting systems.
The first of the two is a tank based system and is available in two sizes - 55 and 125 Gallons. This misting system is known as a Gen 1.3 with or with out agitator.
Let’s take a look at each of these systems and learn how they work. In addition we will also learn makes them unique but yet the best option available when combating mosquito control in residential and commercial establishments.
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