Canada Catalogs Ant Species
Pest management experts in Canada collected almost 350 samples of ants across the country’s provinces. Some provinces need to be studied again for more thorough samples. The most common ants in Canada include carpenter ants, moisture ants, thatching ants, and pavement ants.
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The European red fire ant (Myrmica rubra) was submitted from five sites in Ontario. After the previous counts were made, personal communication with Robert Higgins, Thompson Rivers University, indicated another four sites in British Columbia for the European red fire ant. This ant also has been reported in New Foundland and Prince Edward Island in a survey completed by the University of Maine. Additional samples are needed to update the information on this important pest species, introduced from Europe and seemingly spreading into urban areas. It is an invasive species that swarms when disturbed and stings.
Another myrmicine ant (Manica hunteri) was collected at 13 sites in British Columbia. This is another stinging ant that was found next to foundations and at doorsteps of residential areas and garages. It has not been reported as a pest or nuisance ant, however it is described as “not aggressive, but will sting promptly.”
The velvety tree ant (pine tree ant) was collected at six sites in British Columbia. This ant is only known in western provinces of Canada and western states in the United States. It is an important ant to the pest management industry because it is a wood-destroying ant. It will excavate wood similar to carpenter ant excavations. However, the wood that is excavated is very fine. The colonies are extremely large and very mobile. This ant also nests in and excavates foam insulation. Continue reading…
Tree Termites Found in Florida
The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, FL. found what they thought to be a trail of ants makings its way to their building. Upon further investigation, however, the pests were found to be tree termites. This type of termite does not act the same way as typical termites, which is why they had people stumped at first.
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In the first half of 2011, the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., came down with a pest problem. A line of what looked to be ants was trailing in from a nearby patch of woods, so they called Al Hoffer’s Termite, Lawn and Pest, the establishment’s pest control provider.
“One of my people went out there, and he said, ‘They don’t look like ants, they look like termites,’” said Al Hoffer, the firm’s owner. “And I said, ‘Termites don’t do that.’”
The termite in question was the invasive Nasutitermes corniger, or as it has become colloquially known, the “tree termite,” named such for its arboreal nature and tendency to build nests in trees — though Allen Fugler, executive vice president of the Florida Pest Management Association, warns that this is something of a misnomer. “They’ll eat the nonliving parts of trees, of course, but they’ll also eat any structural wood — they’ll eat virtually anything with cellulose.” Continue reading…
Historic Jamestown Settlement Finds Termites
A re-created colonial fort at the Jamestown Settlement in VA was infested with termites. Because this is a popular tourist attraction, the pests needed to be dealt with quickly. The pest control company that was hired spent 7 hours in the middle of the night treating the infestation.
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What happens when a popular tourist destination has a termite problem? It’s an issue that needs to be tackled swiftly and with confidence — and that’s exactly what Adam Eason and his team at Bug Busters, of Farmville, Va., accomplished last October.
Bug Busters was tasked with treating five structures of the re-created colonial fort at Jamestown Settlement, a museum honoring America’s first permanent English Settlement on Jamestown Island, located on the James River near Williamsburg, Va. — a locale that attracts more than 400,000 visitors per year. Kathleen McGill, commercial senior sales representative for Bug Busters, said the company discovered the live infestation after winning a contract with the site in June of 2012. It was a tough job — the museum’s directors did not want to shut down to facilitate treatment, as it would mean the loss of many tourists on any given day.
“Sometimes people who visit, they’re travelling, they’ve come from far away, out of state,” Eason said. “They might be from out of state, and this is a lifetime opportunity. They made it clear in the very beginning they could not and would not accept shutting down, and asked what kind of solutions we could offer.” Continue reading…
Emergency Termite Control Needed At Charter School
Sophie B. Wright Charter School in Uptown has found severe termite damage that constitutes a “public emergency.” The damage is so extensive that it poses safety and health hazards to students and staff of the school. The repair work will start immediately, and school will stay open during the process.
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Termite damage so extensive that it’s been deemed a “public emergency” in the cafeteria of Sophie B. Wright Charter School in Uptown prompted an emergency Orleans Parish School Board meeting this Thursday morning, the Uptown Messenger reported.
“Recovery School District staff have determined that said termite damage poses an immediate and significant risk to the health and safety of school students and employees, thereby creating an emergency situation,” a resolution that was proposed in the meeting said.
Students are allowed to remain in the school while repairs are done, and principal Sharon Clark told the Messenger that there was no need for panic. Continue reading…