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City-Dwelling Ants Are Beginning To Crave Junk Food | Atlanta Ant Control

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

City-Dwelling Ants Are Beginning To Crave Junk Food | Atlanta Ant Control

We all know that littering is bad. There are very few acts of irresponsibility that are more distasteful than mindlessly throwing garbage into the great outdoors. However, if you live in a big city, such as New York or Los Angeles, there may not be any harm in throwing your discarded food onto the ground. This is because big cities have plenty of ants that have developed a taste for junk food. The easy access that city-dwelling ants have had to discarded junk food over the decades has caused city-ants to prefer junk food exclusively.

The researchers discovered that a particular ant species, which dwells within the cracks of sidewalks, has developed a taste for junk food. The pavement-dwelling ants are known in the entomological community as the Tetramorium ant species. However, other species of city ants prefer to dwell within parks and grass lawns, and they do not seem to enjoy junk food with the same degree of enthusiasm as the Tetramorium species. So why does this difference in food preference exist in such a closely related group of insects?

It turns out that the bodies of sidewalk-dwelling ants possess higher amounts of a particular isotope known as carbon thirteen. This isotope is commonly found in sugarcane, corn and pretty much every type of processed food, including meat. Due to the high amounts of carbon thirteen found within the Tetramorium species of ant, it makes sense that these types of ants would require foods that contain carbon thirteen, or junk food, to be more precise.

As you can surely guess, the species of ant that dwells within the parks and grasslands of big cities does not possess as much carbon thirteen within their bodies as their pavement pounding counterparts. Due to the relatively low amount of carbon thirteen in grass-dwelling ants, these ants cannot handle junk food as well as the Tetramorium species. This difference is a clear result of the sidewalk-dwelling ants need to locate any form of sustenance that they can find in order to survive, and in their case it was nachos and hotdogs. In the grass-dwelling on the other hand, food is far more abundant, s. So it is not bad enough that the United States has high obesity rate as a result of junk food consumption, now even some bugs in American cannot avoid this stuff.

Have you ever spotted a group of ants eating a large unhealthy food item along a big city sidewalk?

 

 

Ants Don’t Tolerate Cheaters

Monday, June 6th, 2016

In the human world, especially in this modern day and age, women and men who cheat on their partners are punished pretty severely. They are often ostracized from general society, stoned in the Arab world, physically hurt by scorned partners, and even murdered in some cases. Cheating doesn’t pay. But, compared to ant cheaters, this treatment is child’s play. Ants don’t tolerate cheaters for a second. It messes with the gene pool of the colony, and, therefore, is punishable by death.

Researchers recently performed a study where they applied a synthetic chemical to ants in a colony with a queen and then compared their treatment to the ants covered in the same synthetic chemical in a colony without a queen. The chemical mimics the chemicals produced by fertile ants when they are mating. The ants covered in the chemical in the colony run by a queen were brutally attacked by the rest of the colony as soon as they were sniffed out. These deceitful ants were grabbed, held down and bitten ruthlessly by their own siblings in the colony. However, in the colony without a queen the cheating ants were left alone, free to reproduce as much as they pleased.

The scientists believe that this “reproductive policing” plays a large role in upholding harmony in the ant colony.

What do you think of this rather severe policing of reproduction? Do you know of any other insect species that uses this kind of reproductive control practice?

May News from Bug Busters USA

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

May News from Bug Busters USA

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There’s Snow Place Like Home

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

There’s Snow Place Like Home

Cold weather pests including rats and raccoons can cause structural damage to walls and electrical wires as they search for food or a place to stay warm. Mice and cockroaches can carry diseases such as Hantavirus and Salmonella that can make family members sick. Keeping these pests outside is the best way to stay safe and healthy while spending the season indoors.

There are many precautions homeowners should take based on weather conditions specific to their area. And it’s important to note that Ice, snow and wind can all negatively affect homes, so homeowners should be sure to check vulnerable spots in the home such as doors and the roof for damage after harsh weather.

Snow

When the temperature drops and snow starts to accumulate, rodents including mice, rats and squirrels will be searching for warmth indoors. Rodents can squeeze through small cracks and crevices that might get overlooked, especially where pipes and wires enter the home. Once inside, they can cause structural and electrical damage and spread disease.

Ice

One issue to be on the lookout for is ice dams. They form on roofs and can prevent snow from melting. The moisture backup from ice dams can cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and drywall. This can attract a number of pests that love moisture such as carpenter ants.

Wind

Strong winds can cause damage to roofs shingles. Cracked areas in the roof and siding are perfect places for nuisance wildlife including raccoons and bats to gain access to the home. Periodically check the roof for missing shingles and be sure to fix damage right away.

Rain

Homeowners should check trouble spots for any leaks or areas of moisture caused by rain or melting snow. Pests such as termites are attracted to moisture and are often unseen as they build nests and grow their colonies inside homes. Be sure basements and attics are dry and clear of water damage after heavy rain to avoid pests making the damage worse.

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Friday, January 31st, 2014
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Invasive Pests

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, encourage homeowners to also be on the lookout for the following invasive species:

Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) – RIFAs were brought to the United States in 1930 from South America and are mainly found in the southern region of the country. When disturbed, they are known to swarm and sting humans, often causing painful welts on the skin.

Asian Tiger Mosquito – Originating from Southeast Asia, the Asian tiger mosquito is now found throughout the eastern, Midwestern and southern states. This mosquito species can cause an irritable bite and spread several diseases, including Dengue fever, West Nile virus and Japanese Encephalitis.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – Likely introduced from Eastern Asia, stink bugs are most prevalent in the northeast. While stink bugs don’t pose any health threats, they can produce an unpleasant odor when crushed.

Formosan Termite – Originally from China, Formosan termites are the most aggressive subterranean termite species. They are capable of consuming wood at rapid speeds, posing a serious structural threat to a property if left untreated.

Due to the health and property risks posed by invasive species, homeowners should frequently inspect the home for signs of an infestation and contact a licensed pest professional to treat any potential pest problems.

For more information on invasive pests, please visit www.bugbustersusa.com

Don’t Take Pests lightly!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Don’t Take Pests lightly!