Posts Tagged Bug Control

DIY Solution Probably Won’t Kill Your Bed Bugs

Posted by on Tuesday, 5 November, 2013

Bed Bug IllustrationBed bugs were an epidemic before World War II; however, a pesticide called DDT eliminated most. Things have been peaceful until recent times. Now, due to foreign travels, they have infested thousands of homes. Bed bugs are in clean environments as well as filthy environments. As long as there is a host, they are satisfied. If you suspect you have the annoying little bed bugs in your home, a do it yourself (DIY) solution probably won’t kill your bed bugs. A popular solution is having a bed bug dog inspect your home and a professional extermination company like Bed Bug Finders, LLC.

Chemical and Non-Chemical Solutions

Over the counter solutions are found ineffective on bed bugs. Consider the prior pesticide, DDT. It was banned in 1972 because of the harmful effects it had on birds and the environment. There were cases of medical and neurological disorders towards humans. So, over the counter solutions can’t contain the amount of chemical lethal dosage that is needed to kill bed bugs. You would need three to four treatments to see results, and they may not last.

Bed Bug Resistance to Pesticides

Bed bugs are thought to have been around for centuries, possibly in the eras of the caveman, feeding off them. So if they have lasted and evolved through so much, surely any chemical produced they can resist that as well. Remember, DDT eliminated, most, not all bed bugs.

Their Living Environments

First, the notion that bed bugs only live in your mattress is false. Bed bugs can live in headboards, the baseboard of your floors, picture frames, in your couch crevices, in electrical switch plates, generally if they can fit, they can hide. If you can slip your credit card through there, a bed bug can fit.

Their Nests

Another problem with DIY solutions is their babies. A female bed bug can lay one to five eggs a day, producing up to 500 eggs in their life. The outer eggshell protects the babies from pesticides. So even if you were able to kill all adults, the babies would survive and appear again. Therefore, with all these hiding places, it’s impossible for you to see every nest.

Benefits of a Professional

So with these horror stories, what can be done to find and treat your problem? To seek out bed bugs and their nests, a bed bug dog is a part of a trained canine service team. Their training is specific to hunting down bed bugs and their eggs. A bed bug dog is highly trained and can spot most of the critters with 96% accuracy. A canine service team will first inspect your home to verify if you in fact have bed bugs. Then, you will receive a treatment. The most popular treatment currently is bed bug heat treatment. This treatment heats your home between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, killing bed bugs in their tracks. The canine team will inspect your home two weeks later to verify they are gone.

Faith Stewart 

What Pest Did You See Infographic

Posted by on Monday, 16 September, 2013

Have you seen the “pest test” word search puzzle floating around Facebook? If not, you’ll have to check it out (pictured below).

 

Pest Wordsearch

 

The pest word search was put together by Bulwark Exterminating, who just so happens to have a branch here in Austin, TX.

The word search puzzle exploded in popularity, with almost 13,000 Facebook users commenting on the puzzle with the first pest they found.

The following infographic breaks down the percentages of each pest found in the pest word search:

 

Wordsearch puzzle infographic

 

  • What pest did you spot first in the puzzle?
  • Was the first pest you found one of the most common pests found?
  • Did you find the following pests: scorpion, spider, termite, wasp, bugs, roach, fly, bedbugs, ant, lice, gnat, flea, and centipede?
  • Was the pest you found first, also the pest you fear the most?

Comment below!

How To Survive An Invasion: 5 Pests You’d Rather Be Rid Of

Posted by on Tuesday, 3 September, 2013

After the movie Signs came out, I was obsessed with alien invasion preparation. However, over the years, I have realized that there are other invaders out there that are a little closer to home. Pest infestations are both a nuisance and a potential health hazard. That is why it is so important to be able to recognize the signs of an invasion and target those unwanted guests before they do any more damage. Below are a five pests you’d rather be rid of and the signs of their invasion. Once you can read the signs, you’ll be better able to combat these pesky bugs once and for all.

1. Cockroaches

Cockroach

Cockroaches are nocturnal, which means if you see one during the day, there are probably many more hidden in your home. They prefer dark, moist places to hide and breed, so check behind refrigerators, under floor drains, under sinks, and behind appliances. You may also find small oval egg cases in these places, as well as in other hidden places like between books.

If you have an infestation, you will find feces that resemble coffee grounds or black pepper. If the roaches are a larger size, they will be dark and cylindrical. Some types also produce smells that are, let’s just say, unpleasant to your olfactory senses. And a larger infestation will radiate a strong oil or must smell.

If you notice any of these tell-tale signs of a roach, call your nearest professional exterminator to handle the problem.

2. Bedbugs

bedbug

“Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite,” isn’t just a catchy bedtime phrase. If you wake up and notice little bug bites that were not there when you went to sleep, it may be a good idea to check for bedbugs. These little pests are about the size and shape of an apple seed, and brown or reddish-brown in color. They prefer small, warm places to hide and breed. And their habitat of choice? You guessed it: your bed.

Therefore, check between the fitted sheet and mattress, or between the mattress and box spring, as well as any other nearby small, dark, places. Although their name suggests they reside only among the mattresses, bedbugs can actually live in furniture, appliances, bookshelves, and even computers.

Keep an eye out for the bugs themselves, shed skins, or their small white eggs. The eggs are adhesive so be sure to check on both sides of the sheetswhere they may be attached. Other indications of a bedbug problem include their droppings. These will be small, and black or dark brown, like coffee grounds, but will smear red when wiped with a damp cloth.

Though their bites generally only cause annoying itching, in more severe cases victims may have allergic reactions or secondary infections (from scratching the wounds). The best solution to a bedbug problem is to take the Godfather’s advice and go to the mattresses—literally.

3. Ants

ants

Ants are mostly active around sundown, so that is when you want to really keep an eye out. There are three particular things you can check for when inspecting your home for ants.

First, do a little reconnaissance. Ants nest outdoors, so they enter your home primarily to find food. Therefore, they are commonly found in the kitchen area and along walls, and in cupboards. . Though a few ants does not necessarily mean an infestation, if there are a lot of ants, along with an appearance of larger worker ants, you could have a problem on your hands.

Second, after you inspect the house at the likely sources, check for frass. Frass is waste left behind by ants, which includes feces as well as small piles of sawdust or wood shavings, as well as other leftover debris. Ants do not eat wood, but they will dig tunnels and push the sawdust out. So if you see accumulations of debris, you may have uncovered an ant problem.

Finally, if you suspect an ant colony is residing in your home, tap on the area in question and listen. A disturbed colony will make a rustling noise that becomes louder the more bothered they become.

4. Termites

termites

Termites are one of the most destructive pests out there, particularly because there are often no immediate signs of damage. They love to eat dead plant matter like fallen leaves and dead trees, and while that is great in nature, when they decide to make our homes a meal it can be a big problem.

Termites are often mistaken for flying ants, so it is important to know the differences. Ants have a cinched waist, while the termite body is just a straight tube shape. Ants’ wings are two different shapes and their antennae are bent, while termites’ wings are both the same size and their antennae are straight.

Check the foundation of your home, as well as crawl spaces, for signs of termites. They will have little mud tunnels running from their underground colonies to their feeding ground.

Watch out for swarms of termites near your home, especially around springtime. If your paint suddenly starts to bubble or crack for no reason you may want to check the walls for termites. If wood sounds hollow when tapped, or you find discarded wings or termite droppings, it is time to call your local exterminator—and no, I’m not talking about Arnold. A quick search on your browser for “termite control Long Island” (or wherever you’re from) should give you a solid list of options from which to choose. The sooner you take care of a termite problem, the better. Because the longer you wait, the more damage you risk to your home and property.

5. Rodents

rodent

Rats and mice can be fun pets to have for some people, but a wild rodent in your home is a hazardous thing. Both rats and mice carry diseases and parasites, putting your food and home in danger of infection. Moreover, because they are rapid breeders, take care of a rodent problem as soon as possible to avoid a major infestation.

The most obvious sign of a rodent problem is if you see dead or living rodents in or around your home. It is also possible to hear them scurrying and squeaking through walls and floors.

Keep an eye out for droppings in dark, infrequently visited places such as behind furniture, in the back of drawers, the back corner of closets, attics, basements, and in walls and under floorboards. You will also notice damage to food and other things in your home from their constant biting and nibbling. Inspect your pantry and other food sources for signs of nibbling, and make note of any damage to property

Traps are usually the first place we go to when we learn of a rodent in our home, but for larger infestations, traps will be insufficient. Your best bet is to call your exterminator.

The last thing anyone wants is an intruder of any kind in their home. Just as you would call the police if a burglar invaded your home, you should call the exterminator for pest invaders. The sooner you catch the problem and call, the sooner you can once again feel safe and secure in your home—and the sooner you can worry about bigger problems, like aliens.

Leslie Mason is a homemaker and garden expert. Leslie enjoys writing, gardening, do-it-yourself projects, and fixing up the house.

How Bed Bug Dogs Find Bed Bugs

Posted by on Wednesday, 21 August, 2013

Bedbug Dog SniffingDogs have all sorts of jobs these days, from airport security to therapy work. One of the more popular professions for dogs with jobs is as a bed bug dog. These canines, like the dogs that work for sites like Bed Bug Finders LLC, are experts in bed bug dog detection – they can sniff out the pests even in hard to reach places.

According to MLive.com,”Bed bug-sniffing dogs are increasingly being considered the most effective way to detect if a bed bug infestation exists. However, only certain dogs have what it takes to get the job done, and there is not one specific breed that fits the ticket.”

The article says that only 1 out of 100 dogs could qualify to be a bed bug dog. Sarah Rodeheaver, who owns a bed bug dog detective agency, says that “the dog needs to have the desire to work and hunt.” She says that the dogs “need to be comfortable going into every environment and able to work.”

Bed bug dog detection can help find where the bugs are

Bed bug dogs can sniff out the pests better than humans because they have a better sense of smell than humans, and have the ability to ferret out the bugs better with their noses.  According to the article, they are a valuable tool when it comes to bug detection. “I put my money on the dog over a human any day of the week,” said Bill Welsh, a pest control expert. “Those dogs are far better than me and I’ve been doing this for 27 years.”

What you should look for when it comes to bed bug dog detection

First of all, if you think you have bed bugs, do not try to treat the infestation yourself. Not only are at-home products ineffective, they can potentially be dangerous. More than one house has literally gone up in smoke because of bed bug products gone awry.

Second, do your homework when it comes to finding a pest control agency. You want a company that specializes in bed bugs and has that as the major part of their business.

Third, if you hire a bed bug specialist – and you should – you may want to make sure that you hire one that has a bed bug dog if you are not sure whether your issue is bed bugs. That is because the dogs do find bed bugs better than humans do.

Fourth, you want to make sure that the specialist – and the bed bug dog – has been certified by at least one professional agency. You want to make sure that your bed bug dog and its handler know what they are doing.

In all, bed bug dog detection is something you need to consider if you think you have bed bugs. Good luck.

Author Bio:

Lisa Swan writes for a variety of sites, including Bed Bug Finders, LLC.

Home Cleanliness: Things To Do To Prevent Pest Infestation

Posted by on Wednesday, 7 August, 2013

You can prevent pest infestations by maintaining cleanliness in your home. Pests love dirty environments since they provide them with an abundant supply of food and a nice hiding place. If you just leave food scraps on the floor and table and never bother emptying your trash can, then it is more likely that you will see pests roaming around your house.

Therefore, if you do not want to have a miserable life because of these miserable creatures, here is a list of things that you should do:

To Do Number 1: Clean the Yard

Before pests invade your home, they will colonize your yard first. Therefore, if you want to ensure that your house is safe from pests, the first thing that you need to do is to clean your yard.

You need to free your yard from fallen fruits, dead plants, fallen branches, and weeds, for insects love these things. You must also trim your plants, since excess foliages serve as a nice place for insects and pests. Furthermore, wood and fruits serve as a valuable source of food for ants and termites.

You must also empty any containers in your yard that hold standing water. Standing water is a nice breeding place for insects, such as flies and mosquitoes. By keeping your yard clean, you will be able to prevent pests from reaching your home.

To Do Number 2: Clean Your Storage Spaces and Rarely Visited Places

You need to clean your closet, boxes, containers and drawers from time to time, for this serve as an ideal place for pests to build their nests. You must also clean the areas in your house that you seldom visit at least once a week. In this way, you will be able to prevent pests from colonizing your house.

To Do Number 3: Free the House from Scraps of Food

If you want to make your house uninviting for pests, you must free your house from scraps of food. Remember, food is the main reason why pests want to stay in your home. Therefore, if you want to drive away pests, you must deprive them of food. If pests cannot find food in your home, then there is no reason for them to infest your home.

To ensure that your house will be free from scraps of food, it is advisable that you vacuum your home regularly. You must also wipe your table and sweep the floor every time you finish eating your meal. You must also clean the bowls of your pets.

To Do Number 4: Seal the Cracks and Holes

Aside from cleaning, it is also advisable that you check your house for cracks and holes. Mice will always try to break into your house through these holes. Insects can also gain entry through cracks. Sealing cracks and holes in your home is one way of preventing pests from gaining access to your house.

Pest infestations are a nightmare for homeowners because they can cause damage to their properties and belongings. One way of preventing pests from colonizing your home is by maintaining cleanliness in your home, for they hate clean environments.

About The Author

The author has vast experience in pest control as he has worked for a reputable termite pest control Brisbane company once. He suggests the above to take care of your home.

Termite Inspection: An Important Step in the Termite Damage Repair Process

Posted by on Thursday, 11 July, 2013

TermiteTermite damage is one of the top dreaded circumstances a homeowner can run into, but many don’t realize just how common it is to find these wood-eating pests invading a home. A precautionary termite inspection and preventive treatment may be enough to help some homeowners ward off termites for good, but unfortunately, there are still plenty of structures out there getting attacked every day. If you do find that you have an infestation problem, it doesn’t immediately have to mean a total loss. Completing certain steps in the aftermath of termite detection and extermination will allow you to make repairs and reverse termite damage if you go about it the right way.

Termite Inspection

This may seem like an unnecessary procedure after you’ve already established that you have termites and have gone through the extermination process, but a termite inspection is actually the first, and one of the most important, steps to follow if you’re going to be successful in repairing any damage. It’s not always a guarantee that termites will be fully eliminated after an extermination or that a new infestation won’t develop, so it’s essential that you have someone come in to reassess the situation and look for any remaining signs of life.

Assessing the Damage

Once you no longer have the pests in your home, you can begin to survey the damage that’s been done and decide if you think you are able to tackle the restoration project yourself. For minimal and surface destruction, you might want to start with applying a wood hardener, which will fill any holes left behind by the termites. If it’s a little more extensive, you can try scraping away the affected wood, leaving a new, smooth surface underneath to be treated with a wood filler or sealant.

Termite InspectorCommissioning a Professional Termite Contractor

If there is any kind of serious damage done to your home, it is advised that you call a professional termite contractor to work on the repairs and ensure that you will be left with a secure structure. If termites have infested the building and have been gnawing on everything that keeps your home together, like the foundation, walls, etc., you won’t want to take a chance that it could all come crumbling down around you. There is also the possibility that if you begin to go at it alone you could run into a much larger and more intense problem than you anticipated, creating even more work and potentially greater harm to the structure. A contractor will have a trained eye and be able to advise you best on the extent of the damage.

Repairing termite damage won’t generally be a fun do-it-yourself project no matter how handy and self-sufficient you are. Keeping up on periodic termite inspections is a good way to prevent the threat of termites and a bigger headache and expense in the long run. It may also be worth checking into to see if you’re covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy for termite damage.

About the Author

My name is Tiffany Olson and I love to blog on real life scenarios that I have had experience with. My parents recently went through a termite debacle and got some great help from Killroy Pest Control. They specialize in pest control and termite inspection in Hayward, CA.

Crazy Ants Driving Out Austin Fire Ants

Posted by on Monday, 8 July, 2013

I recently wrote an article about Rasberry Crazy ants, and how they are spreading throughout much of the state of Texas. According to a recent report out of The University of Texas At Austin, the spreading of this invasive ant species has also lead to them driving out other species of ants, including the Red Imported Fire ants.

Ants on raspberriesAustin Fire Ants Driven Out By Rasberry Crazy Ants

If you live in Austin, TX you have become well acquainted with the Red Imported Fire ant. These ants are unmistakable, because of their very painful stings, and the massive mounds they build in your yard. Residents know to keep away from these mounds, or you’ll be sorry.

However, there is a new pest invader taking the place of the Fire ants in Austin. It’s an ant that some people hate even more than the Fire ant. The ant I am referring to is the Rasberry (not raspberry) Crazy ant.

According to a recent report, the “ecologically dominant” crazy ants are reducing diversity and abundance of many ant species in Texas, including the dreaded Fire ants. Areas in Austin are seeing very few fire ants in areas heavily infested with Crazy ants because the ants outcompete for the necessary resources needed for survival. Essentially, they monopolize food sources and starve out other ant species.

Even in region of Texas where the Crazy ant population is less intense, Fire ant numbers were considerably reduced. Other ant species, particularly native species, were also eliminated or diminished.

What’s So Bad About Austin Crazy Ants?

Many Austin residents are becoming so fed up with the destructive Crazy ants, that they wish they had the stinging Fire ants back! This sentiment is primarily because of three different reasons.

1) Crazy ants infest in huge numbers. They quickly outnumber other species of ants because they multiply very rapidly. In fact, they can attain densities up to 100 times greater than all other species of ants in a single area combined. Some residents report having to sweep out the Crazy ants with a broom and dustpan daily… Dustpans full of ants!

2) The Crazy ants are very destructive. They go everywhere, invading homes and nesting inside your walls, attics, and crawlspaces. They are notorious for damaging electrical equipment by swarming inside appliances. These ants are drawn to electrical currents, chewing through electric wiring. These actions cause stop lights, air conditioners, and other electrical equipment to short circuit; resulting in expensive repairs.

3) Crazy ants are tough to eliminate. Since Crazy ants don’t eat the same poison baits as other ants do, they are very difficult to control. Pest control for fire ants differs greatly from pest control for crazy ants.

Hands In Ant NestCharacteristics of Rasberry Crazy Ants

Rasberry Crazy ants measure about 1/8 of an inch long. They are a reddish-brown color, with long slender bodies and anteneea. They are also covered in fine hairs or fuzz that makes them appear less glossy than other ant species.

The Rasberry Crazy ant was named after an exterminator, Tom Rasberry, who discovered the ant in nearby Houston. They are also referred to as tawny ants, or simply Crazy ants. They earned the nickname “crazy” because of their crazy, rapid, nonlinear movements.

Austin Ant Control

Crazy ants, Fire ants, sugar ants, piss ants, whatever… no matter the type of ant, an Austin Ant control professional can help solve your ant problems. Call Austin ant exterminator today!

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com
 
Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com
 

Killer Bees Swarm Killing Texas Farmer

Posted by on Monday, 3 June, 2013

Killer Bee Swarm

Imagine working on a tractor, when you happen to disturb a nest of bees. Before you know it, thousands of these bees swarm and vigorously sting you as you work– Too many times to count.

That’s exactly what happened to 62 year old Larry Goodwin of Moody, TX.

Last Saturday (June 1, 2013) while driving his tractor, clearing away some brush and debris from a friend’s property, Goodwin bumped a huge hive of Africanized “Killer” Bees nesting in an old chicken coop. Some 40,000 angry Killer Bees poured out of their nest and aggressively and violently swarmed; stinging Goodwin thousands of times.

The neighbors, whose property Goodwin was helping to clear, rushed to his aid and were stung an estimated 100 times as well. Unfortunately, it was too late as Goodwin succumbed to the bee stings and was killed.

The farmer, Goodwin, was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the women who had assisted the famer as he was attacked by the Killer Bees is currently hospitalized in serious condition.

Killer Bees In Texas

Killer bees have been a huge problem in Texas,  so much so that killer bee exterminators in Texas are contemplating leaving the business. As the story indicated, these bees are a growing concern, and are very dangerous.

The above story comes to us just a few months after emergency crews were called out, after thousands of the bees swarmed inside a family’s home in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Africanized “Killer” Bees, common throughout the Southwest, are migrating north at a rate of 100-300 miles per year. They are now widespread throughout most of the state of Texas, including the cities of Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Swarms have been reported in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, (Southern) California, and (Southern) Utah.

Africanized honeybees, also know as “killer bees,” are a hybrid of honeybees from Europe and southern Africa. In 1957, the hybrid bee was accidentally released in Brazil by a beekeeper. They have been migrating North ever since.

Honey Bee Looking Right At You

Africanized “Killer” Bees

There is no distinguishable appearance that one can use discern Killer Bees from other bee species. They look the same to the naked eye. Killer Bees do pose one very unfortunate characteristic though… They are extremely aggressive. In fact, they are ten times more likely to initiate an attack or sting, compared to a common honeybee. These bees are easily provoked, quick to swarm, attack in greater numbers, and pursue their victims for greater distances.

When disturbed, a queen Killer Bee will release a pheromone signaling to the other bees that something is wrong. The entire nest of Killer Bees will empty; as opposed to European honey bees that release only ten percent of the worker bees to check out a problem.

Pest Control In Austin

If you have a bee hive near or around your Austin, TX home or property, DO NOT DISTURB IT. Instead, please contact an Austin bee removal specialist. An Austin exterminator can safely determine if the bees are indeed Africanized and need to be killed. If they are common honey bees, they can be removed and placed someplace away from people.

Austin Bee Removal

Austin Bee Removal
(512) 220-0280
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Austin Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com
 

Bigger Problems Than Cockroaches To Conquer

Posted by on Tuesday, 7 May, 2013

The average American hates bugs, which is why humanity has developed so many great ways to kill them. We have bug spray, fly paper, and even those weird yellow hives that bees fly in and can’t get out of, and all of those things tend to be pretty effective. What you don’t think about, though, is all the infinitely more horrifying bugs and other creepy-crawlies out there that you don’t have an easy way to kill. Hopefully, you’ll never come in contact with them, but if you do, just know that your bug spray probably won’t work on…

The Tachina Fly

Tachina ursina

Parasites are always a favorite on the list of terrifying animals. This parasite takes a unique approach to its job, because instead of injecting its eggs into the body of the host creature, it just glues them to his or her back so well that they can’t be removed (at least, not without killing the host).
The good news is that, unlike our next candidate, tachinids are unlikely to choose you as their host creature. The bad news is that some of them look like ordinary houseflies – so you’ll never know when they’re nearby.

The Botfly

Botfly (142/365)

Similar idea, but even better because these ones actually will go after humans as hosts. When the eggs have matured inside you, the result burrows out from your skin, and the only way to get rid of it is to slather mineral oil all over the spot and wait for the burrowing to occur prematurely when the larvae has no air.

The Centipede

English: Centipede

It’s not really an insect (it certainly doesn’t have six legs), but it definitely falls under the category of creepy crawly. Centipedes are one of those things that aren’t likely to hurt you, but might scar you forever if you ever actually come in contact with all the little undulating legs.

The Leech

A leech (probably Haemopis sanguisuga?).

They may have been used for medicinal purposes once upon a time, but these days they don’t really have a positive connotation. Generally speaking, we prefer our blood inside of our bodies, and when you wade into a muddy river and find out that the leeches feel differently about it you’re probably not going to be a very happy camper.

The Cockroach

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina p...

“But,” you may say, “I am familiar with cockroaches. I had an apartment in New York City once…” Look, as gross as that story is, your apartment cockroaches would still have nothing on the ones in Madagascar. After all, if your apartment cockroaches were hissing at you, you probably had bigger problems on your hands than infestations.

And More…

And if you’re worried about the insects, get ready for the other horrors of the wilderness – venomous snakes, cats that are more likely to chew on you for breakfast than curl up on your lap and purr, and even fish with flesh-eating teeth. Oh, don’t worry, there’s no need to cancel your rainforest vacation. After all, if you handled the apartment cockroaches just fine, there’s really no need to worry about parasitic flying creatures.

By Lilia Otori

Lilia has been writing on topics important to homeowners for nearly a decade now. She enjoys incorporating factual information into her articles, and is glad that as far as problems with pest control, Salt Lake City has nothing on the rainforest.

Rasberry Ants Spreading Through Texas

Posted by on Wednesday, 10 April, 2013
Rasberry Ant

Rasberry Ant

The Crazy Rasberry ant (not raspberry), also called the Tawny Crazy ant has increasingly become a harmful pest to many Texas homeowners. Rasberry ants can be both destructive, and dangerous. Here’s what you need to know:

Rasberry Ants Spreading Throughout Texas

Rasberry ants were first found in Houston, TX by exterminator Tom Rasberry; in which the ant was named. Since their discovery about eleven years ago (2002), the Rasberry ant has spread to 24 different counties in the state of Texas, including Austin’s Travis country. Other counties experiencing raspberry ant infestation include: Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Comal, Cameron, Fort Bend, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Hidalgo, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nueces, Polk, Orange, Victoria, Walker, Wharton and Williamson counties.

The largest Rasberry ant infestations have been found in southeast Harris County, including Houston, La Porte, San Jacinto Port, Pasadena, Deer Park, Seabrook, Friendswood, and Pearland.

Rasberry ants continue to spread at a rate of about five miles per year. Often times they are unknowingly transported by vehicles, animals, and other people. Preferring the hot, humid weather, they can now be found in Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Mississippi.

Identifying Rasberry Ants

Rasberry ants are about 1/8 of an inch long, and reddish-brown in color. They are a slender looking ant with long antennae, long abdomens, and long legs. Rasberry ants are also described as being “hairy,” because they are covered with reddish-brown fuzz. They do not look glossy, like other ants, because of these body hairs.

Crazy Rasberry ants are from the Crazy ant group Paratrechina. These ants are well known for their rapid, erratic, non-linear movements. It’s almost humorous watching these ants move across the pavement. They look lost and confused. One thing that is not humorous about these ants is the destruction and danger they can cause.

Rasberry Ants Are Destructive & Dangerous

Rasberry ants are very destructive by nature. They are naturally attracted to electrical currents, causing them to fail by clogging up the switching mechanisms. These ants are frequently known to short out air conditioning units and even stop lights. There have been reports of Rasberry ants causing several thousand dollars in damage to Texas homeowners and businesses.

On top of being rather destructive, Rasberry ants are also dangerous. When a Crazy Rasberry ant is killed, a pheromone is released from its abdomen that signals other ants to respond. The other Rasberry ants respond all right, in huge numbers; attacking the threat. Just know that if you attempt to kill a few thousand Rasberry ants, millions more will show up to their funeral.

Austin Rasberry Ant Control

Travis County, TX has some pockets of Rasberry ant infestations. These infestations make it uncomfortable for residents to enjoy time in their yards. Very aggravating!

Unfortunately, there are no effective over-the-counter products that consumers can buy to successfully treat Rasberry ants. The good news is that an Austin ant control professional can help you with any ant problem, including Rasberry ants. Get help today!

Austin Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com
 
Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com