As pest control experts, we learn how to get into the mind of the pest menaces we encounter. We learn where they are most likely to be hiding in your home, and how to best eliminate them. Inside your home ants are a hassle, but outside of your home they are actually quite interesting. Here are some fun things we’ve discovered about ants.
Ants have been around since the time of dinosaurs
Years ago ants wandered the Earth during the Cretaceous period. That means they were sharing the world with the T-Rex and the triceratops.
And they were big back then
Not dinosaur big, (thankfully, nobody needs those nightmares) but compared to ants we have today they were huge. The largest ant species found is a fossilsed Titanomyrma giganteum. The queen was 2.4 inches long and had a wingspan of 5.9 inches.
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December Pests in Florida
In Southwest Florida, rodents are always a threat and can be one of the most destructive pests to attack your home or business. In our cooler months (winter time) they will seek out shelter and find their way into attics, and any other spot in and around your property that will provide protection from the elements. Needing only a small entry point to get started, their potential for destruction includes anything they can chew on including food, attic insulation, wires, and other structural components such as wood and drywall. Even worse, their destruction doesn’t stop at things they can chew on, fecal droppings and urine can often affect the air quality and livability of your home or business.
How to fight back
PestMax fights those not-so-jolly holiday visitors by evaluating and eliminating the problem. Our rodent control service includes a comprehensive rodent pest inspection, assessment of the situation, and discussion of results with you. Our expert technicians then help in the development of a custom plan specific to your individual needs that may include such tactics as exclusion methods (sealing up your structure with long lasting permanent building materials to prevent rodent entry), trapping, monitoring, baiting, vacuuming, sanitizing, and even removal/replacement of soiled/ruined attic insulation.
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Acrobat, Argentine & Ghost Ants Found in Florida
The ant is the most common household pest that home owners will ever come into contact with. Ants are excellent scavengers and will fit through the smallest crack or crevice to gain access into your home. Once inside of your home, ants will immediately begin searching for a reliable food and water source. Ants have a remarkable sense of smell and are able to locate food from far off distances. Once an ant finds the location of a reliable food source, it will leave an invisible scented trail for the other ants in its colony to follow, leading them from nest to food, back and forth. Florida is home to several species of ant pest.
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