As the cool crisp fall weather sets in on Raleigh, a war of sorts is declared by homeowners; against yellowjackets, paper wasps, and hornets. These wasps have a tendency to turn aggressive during the fall, as their diets move from the proteins and carbohydrates they enjoy during the spring and summer, to sugar-rich foods like ripe fruit and sweet soda during the fall.
Fall Wasp Wars
Wasps have a tendency to turn aggressive during the fall months. A single wasp colony may have over 10,000 female worker wasps whose sole purpose is to hunt for nutrients to bring back and feed to the colony. Wasps in search of these sugary sweet nutrients turn potentially aggressive, ruining outdoor activities and bombarding backyard barbecues. The result? Painful stings, sometimes repeatedly, whenever human interaction is present. These painful wasp stings usually happen while shooing them away, walking barefoot near food, or swallowing wasps that have crawled into beverage cans.
To make it all worse, wasps have a built-in warning system that alerts other wasps when danger is present. All you have to do is merely swat at a yellowjacket, and an alarm pheromone is released that brings out an army of wasps to attack the aggressor.
It’s important to note that throughout most of the year, wasps keep to themselves and are generally harmless; only exhibiting defensive behavior when their nests are compromised. No matter the time of year, it is recommended that homeowners battling fall wasps not do so by themselves. It’s best to solicit the aid of a pest management professional.
Such was the case when Morrisville’s own Anna, contacted Bulwark Pest Control last night to help out with her wasp problem. Here’s the glowing review she left Bulwark on Yelp:
Excellent Yelp Review For Servicing Fall Wasps
Yesterday we had a swarm of yellow jackets, wasps and bees surround our home. Tonight is Halloween! I was frantic!
I called the pest company that has been servicing this house and they told me they would have to charge me extra to come out and help and then “I believe” they accidentally hung up on me.
I called Bulwark Exterminating and they were so nice and understanding. He understood what was going on. I told him I needed to also sign-up for quarterly service since I was going to be cancelling the service with my current company who couldn’t help me.
They had a technician, Orlando Council, at my house by 7:30am!!! The next morning! I couldn’t believe it! I was sooo happy to see him sitting outside my house waiting for me!!
I walked him through our house inside and outside. He immediately got to work finding the source of the insects and did a full house extermination inside and outside for me.
We are also currently using this company for another house we have.
They didn’t charge me extra. They didn’t charge me that usual LARGER first bill. He did so much to help us. He solved our insect problem.. so we can have a safe and happy Halloween tonight.
I can’t tell you how truly thankful I am… that they cared so much for us, to take the extra effort to add us to their already busy schedule… And not charge me extra or an “arm and a leg” for it!
They only charged me my regular quarterly fee.
Bless them! Orlando – you are the man!!!!
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If you are seeing a large amount of wasps in your backyard, or are even seeing a wasp’s nest, do not take matters into your own hands. Doing so can be very dangerous. Call or click for Raleigh pest control instead!
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Robber flies are one of nature’s predators. This diverse family of flies, also known as Asiladae, is scattered throughout the world, which could explain some of their diversity. Robber flies have insatiable appetites, and glut themselves on a vast number of insects, including wasps, bees, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and some spiders.
What Are Robber Flies?
Robber flies, or Asiladae, are a subfamily of “true flies.” They belong to the superfamily Asiloidea, which belongs to the suborder Brachycera. There are currently 7,0003 known species of robber flies spread out around the world, with nearly 1,000 species living in North America alone – and more than 100 of those species reside in Florida.
What Do Robber Flies Look Like?
All robber flies share one characteristic: a divot on the top of their head. This divot is located between their prominent, compound eyes. Most robber flies have elongated bodies with tapered abdomens, although some species are long and skinny, much like a damselfly, while others are stout and hairy, mimicking a bumblebee. Adults can vary between 3 mm and 50 mm in size, although most average between 9 – 15 mm in length. Their legs are long and strong in order to aid with capturing prey. Females usually have a slightly broader abdomen than the males of the species. Most robber flies are either brown, gray, or black, although some subspecies are striped like a bumblebee.
What Do Robber Flies Do?
Robber flies are what is known as “opportunistic predators,” meaning they prey on other insects that are available within their environment. Robber flies establish a perching zone, which they use to locate potential prey. Perching zones vary depending on the species, but are usually in an open, sunny area. Robber flies swoop in on their prey mid-flight and inject the victim with their saliva, which contains neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes and immediately immobilizes their victim as it digests bodily contents. The robber fly then returns to its perch spot, where it enjoys its liquid meal.
Where Do Robber Flies Live?
Robber flies are distributed all over the world, although some groups are unique to certain regions. Most robber flies live in warm, sandy areas, with a large population (consisting of all four subfamilies) residing in Florida. Some species have adapted to desert climate, and very few have adapted to woodland areas, although those that have tend to stay on the outskirts, near grasslands.
What’s The Robber Fly Life Cycle Like?
Female robber flies lay white colored eggs on low-lying plants, in grasses, or in crevices within soil, bark, or wood. Egg laying habits vary from species to species, although most lay a bunch of eggs at once. Robber fly larvae live in the soil or decaying organisms found within the environment. Larvae are just as predatory as their adult counterparts, feeding on other eggs, larvae, or other soft-bodied insects. They overwinter as larvae, pupating in the soil, then migrating to the surface as adults. It can take between 1-3 years for complete development, depending on the species and environmental factors.
Robber flies are rather intimidating insects to contend with, and if you notice an outbreak of them around your home, you’ll probably want to call a pest control professional.
About the author: Chris is a professional for a baltimore pest control company. He enjoys writing about the quirkier side of the pest control business with fun and interesting things about insects.
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Your home should be your safe haven, free from the burdens of the outside world. Unfortunately, homeowners are often harassed by some pretty unsavory creatures that find their way inside, invade your privacy and leave behind their germs. Identifying these intruders and then formulating a plan to get rid of them is the only way to keep yourself and your residence protected. For serious insect or rodent infestations call a professional pest control company. Don’t let any of these common household bugs and rodents run amuck and end up wreaking havoc that ruins the peace of your humble abode.
Frequent Indoor Pests
Pests come and go as the seasons change, and oftentimes, as soon as you think you’ve finally gotten rid of one kind another pops up. Year-round insects to watch out for include bed bugs, roaches and silverfish, while ants, flies, termites, mosquitoes, spiders, fleas, bees, mice and rats keep pest control companies busy throughout different times of the year. Many insects enter a home looking for a dry, warm place to camp out in and others are looking for a source of food.
Common Pest Hiding Spots
Of course, both insects and rodents are small and fast enough to move all over a property and can be spotted in most nook and crannies you can think of, but there are a few specific places you should pay extra attention to and take special care to clean on a regular basis. Kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most common rooms in a house to get invaded by pests. Food will always be readily available in a kitchen area, and bathrooms house pipes and drains full of moisture that are accommodating to many bugs. Closets are generally a breeding ground for spiders that like to stay hidden in a dark place. Basements play host to all kinds of pests who prefer damp and dim living quarters, and being that it’s usually a less-visited area by homeowners, infestations can grow quickly. Garages and yards are also easily accessible and provide convenient environments to make nests and build colonies in.
Pest Prevention and Control
A pest control expert will work on a prevention and treatment plan specific to your home and infestation problem. You don’t want to try several ineffective methods on your own only to find pests keep coming back undeterred. Having your home inspected a couple of times a year will ensure that new outbreaks are eliminated quickly. In between inspections, homes should be kept as free of clutter as possible and consistently cleaned so as not to harbor an atmosphere that pests are attracted to. Keeping a home well-ventilated and dry also helps to deflect those bugs that favor humid dwellings. Make sure doors and windows are sealed tight to limit entry points and never leave food out unless you want to come back to it and find it half-eaten by an unwanted creature.
Keep an eye out for any signs of intrusion by little critters because an effective pest control effort often begin with a person’s ability to identify what’s lurking around their home.
About the Author
Tiffany Olson hails from beautiful Northern California and spends her working hours informing the public on a variety of topics, including pest control. Some of her favorite off-hours activities are cooking, reading, and making art.
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Praying mantises may look creepy with their big, bulging eyes and spindly front legs, but the truth is they’re a helpful insect and don’t really pose a threat to humans. Although they can definitely be intimidating when they come flying at you, they are mostly harmless. They have been known to bite, but since they don’t have any venom it won’t cause you injury.
Below we’ll take a look at the praying mantis.
What Are They?
Praying mantises belong to a very large family of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species spread throughout nine families. These insects live all over the world, in tropical and temperate climates. Most belong to the family Mantidae, which is the insect we all think of when we hear the word “praying mantis.” The praying mantis’s closest relatives are the termite and the cockroach.
What Do They Look Like?
The praying mantis gets its name from its prayer-like stance. Praying mantises have two long, grasping forelegs which are called “raptorial legs.” They use their legs to capture and hold their prey. Praying mantises have remarkably flexible heads, which are able to turn nearly 300 degrees in some species. This helps provide a greater range of vision without them having to move their bodies. Praying mantises have compound eyes; the structure of their eyes creates the illusion of them having a small pupil. Praying mantises can be green, brown, or flesh colored so they camouflage with their surroundings.
Where Do They Live?
Praying mantises live anywhere where there are bugs. Different species are scattered throughout the world, in both temperate and tropical climates. Praying mantises can also live in captivity, and are often kept as pets.
What Are Their Eating Habits?
The praying mantis is a carnivorous predator that survives mostly off of insects, although larger species have been known to eat fish, snakes, birds, and even rodents. They consume anything they can capture, and they usually eat their victims alive. They will even practice cannibalism if hungry enough. The majority of praying mantises are ambush hunters, meaning they sit and wait for their prey to wander close enough before striking and overpowering their meal. Some species will chase their meal down, but most will not.
What Do They Do?
Praying mantises are considered good bugs in terms of pest control, meaning that if you have some in your garden they will help keep the insect population down. (A downside to this is that they will also eat other good insects, such as lady bugs.)
Although their claws may look big and menacing, they don’t actually provide much protection. Praying mantises best form of self-defense is camouflage. When remaining still (which they are experts at) they can blend in with their surroundings. Many species will fan their wings out when threatened, which makes them appear bigger.
What is Their Life Cycle Like?
Despite popular belief, female praying mantises do not always consume the head of the male she is mating with, although this does happen on rare occasions. Female praying mantises lay her eggs in a sticky egg case, which she attaches to the underside of a leaf or branch during the autumn months. The egg case won’t hatch until late spring or early summer. Offspring are known as nymphs, and unlike other insects, they do not undergo a larvae stage. They hatch at approximately 4 mm long and look the exact same way adult mantises do, only way tinier. Once they have a little time to adjust to the outside world, they start ambushing and eating prey. Praying mantises molt throughout their life, allowing them to grow bigger.
Although praying mantises may look creepy, they are actually good insects who help keep bug populations under control. Without praying mantises, there would be way more bugs in the world. In that regard, praying mantises are like nature’s own exterminators.
About the author: Chris is an associate for a NJ pest control company.
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Bee stings are an unpleasant experience during the warmer months. Luckily, they don’t happen too often. Most stings are a momentary pain with swelling and itching. For some people, bee stings leave them close to death. These people have an allergy to the toxin in the bee’s stinger and can go into anaphylactic shock.
The idea of going into shock over a sting from any insect is frightening. Just remember, that most people do not have to worry about this happening. Only a small part of the population is really allergic to stings. They most likely already know about it because they were stung and had a major reaction.
Three Types of Sting Reactions
There are three kinds of reactions a person can have to a bee sting; normal, large local, and allergic. The first two are not life threatening, unlike the last one. Let’s take a look at the symptoms associated with each type of sting.
A normal bee sting reaction consists of pain at the sting site, followed by a small amount of redness and swelling. Some people will also see a stinger still imbedded in the skin. After a short amount of time, the pain stops and itchiness develops around the site. The swelling goes away within a couple of day.
A large local reaction is more severe. The initial pain is the same, along with swelling. However, the swelling extends past the sting site and may even extend to swelling of an entire limb. The swelling takes several days to go down completely. This looks scary and can require a trip to the doctor, but it is generally not life-threatening. A large local reaction indicates an increased sensitivity to the sting, but not necessarily an allergy.
An allergic reaction appears very different from the previous two reactions. There is pain and swelling at the sting site. Other more severe symptoms quickly develop, such as swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, dizziness, rapid pulse, and a red, itchy rash that spreads beyond the sting site.
When a person with an allergy is stung, they can enter shock, become unconscious, or even go into cardiac arrest within ten minutes. It is important to get this person to emergency medical treatment as soon as possible.
If you have ever been stung by a bee before and did not have to go to the emergency room, you most likely are not allergic. Some people’s bodies are more sensitive to the sting and swell up a lot, but they usually return to normal within a week. The allergic reaction can be much milder than is described above, but appears very different from a typical bee sting reaction. Just remember, if you know you have an insect sting allergy, take appropriate precautions.
About the author: Chris is writer for a New Jersey pest control company.
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Kids are full of germs; in fact, children are some of the germiest creatures on the planet. With school starting back up, you’re little ones are going to be exposed to all kinds of new germs from their classmates. From the common cold to head lice, children are breeding grounds for bugs. Below we’ll discuss some of the most common illnesses you can expect your child to experience.
Head lice are a parasite, which live in hair – making children’s heads breeding grounds for nits! Lice causes the scalp to itch, and can be spread easily, especially among school children. An outbreak of lice can be difficult to contend with – not only do you have to treat everyone in the house with a special shampoo treatment and comb through everybody’s hair with a special nit comb, but you’ll also have to do deep cleaning of most of your belongings – blankets, bed sheets, pillow cases, your children’s toys, etc., will all have to be washed. Furniture will also have to be clean in case any lice are lurking between the cushions. It can be difficult to remove all the eggs from your child’s hair, which can cause the cycle of lice to start over again. Fortunately, children with lice don’t have to stay home from school – they just have to avoid sharing personal items or having any head-to-head contact with their fellow classmates.
Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as “Pinkeye,” is an infection of the eyelid lining. Pinkeye gets its name from the red coloring your eyes get due to being crusty and itchy. Bacterial pinkeye is accompanied by a white or yellow discharge (or gunk) and has to be treated with antibiotics, while viral pinkeye usually clears up on its own. Pinkeye is spread when an infected child wipes his eye, then touches something without washing his hands; another child comes along and touches the same item, gets the germs on her hands, and eventually touches her own eyes. Pinkeye can spread rapidly in the classroom, which is why it’s important to teach children to wash their hands thoroughly and often.
Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis)
The stomach flu – or gastroenteritis, as it’s officially called – is a common experience among children. The stomach flu is caused by an infection in the digestive tract, and generally results in vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and fever. It can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or even parasites. If your child comes home with the stomach flu, be sure to provide him with plenty of fluids (7-up is best because it’s easy on the stomach and helps replace any lost electrolytes due to vomiting) and make sure that he receives sufficient rest.
Chickenpox is another common childhood illness that begins with a fever that is followed by the appearance of fluid filled blisters, which then turn into scabs. The blisters are very itchy, making it tempting for children to itch; chamomile lotion and Tylenol can help provide relief. Chickenpox is a childhood illness that all kids are likely to get at some time or another, so it’s best to get it out of the way. The good news is, once a child has had chickenpox, they are unlikely to ever catch it again – a second bought of chickenpox rarely happens, and when it does it’s usually in cases where the first round wasn’t too severe.
The Common Cold
Of course, the one illness that you’ll have to look out for the most once your child goes back to school is the good ol’ common cold. Often accompanied by a cough, runny or stuffy nose, and sometimes an ear ache, classrooms are literally the breeding grounds for the cold virus. Unfortunately there’s no cure and no real preventative measures you can take to ensure your child avoids catching the cold – you’re just going to have to buckle down and deal with it!
Children are known to be bug factories, but these are some of the most common bugs you’ll have to worry about as a parent sending your little one off to school. Of course, if your home is overrun with real bugs (as in insects,) definitely call a pest control professional – just as with childhood bugs, you want to beat them as soon as possible!
About the author: Chris is writer for a Virginia Beach pest control company.
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If you aren’t familiar with the insect known as a Katydid, seeing one for the first time can be a startling experience. Also known as the longhorned grasshopper (due to its long antennae), the katydid is green and leaf-like in appearance. In fact, many-a katydid has been mistaken for a leaf, only to turn out to be a living creature upon closer inspection!
What It Is
The katydid is an orthopteran, and is closely related to the grasshopper and cricket. Typically ranging in about one to five inches in length, this predominantly nocturnal insect is a poor flyer, despite its 8-inch wingspan. Some species are wingless, although most do have wings (which they only flutter when leaping from branch to branch, but cannot fly with.) Most are large and green with long, threadlike antennae. Katydids have large hind legs, and their hearing organs (tympana) are located on their front legs. They get their name from the way the male’s mating call sounds: “Katy did; Katy didn’t.” The male of the species creates their mating call by rubbing their wings together. Each species, however, has a different, rasping song; in Europe, katydids are called “tizi” due to the sound of their mating call.
So where can you find this odd looking insect? Katydids can most commonly be found perched on branches of trees or bushes throughout North America and in other parts of the world, including tropical areas. Panama is home to 150 species of katydids, while the Amazon is home to over 2,000 species. Katydids are also commonly found in the southern parts of the United States. The katydid’s leaf-like appearance is a form of camouflage, meant to protect against predators. Some types of katydids will expose brightly colored hindwings as a form of defense when in danger.
Most katydids live off of a diet that consists of leaves, flowers, stems, fruit, and other plant matter. Some species’ diet includes other insects, although most are vegetarians. Katydids themselves play an important role in the ecosystem of tropical rainforests, as they are a primary source of protein for tropical animals such as monkeys, rodents, lizards, bats, rodents, amphibians, and spiders. The katydid is a central part of the food web for other insects, also.
Female katydids have thick, upwardly curved ovipositors, which is used for laying eggs on plants or in the soil. Eggs are laid in the autumn and hatch in the spring. Katydids are hatched as nymphs, which look similar to adults but without wings. Skin is molted in order to permit growth, and eventually wings are developed. The typical lifespan of a katydid is one year.
Humans have no reason to fear katydids, as these insects usually keep to themselves. However, like any other bug, an infestation of your yard can be unpleasant. If you happen to notice a large population of katydids in your yard, you may want to consider calling in a pest control professional.
About the author:
Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.
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We all know that the most sly and sneaky creepy crawler out there is the cockroach. This bug will eat our pizza or snickers bar if open and left out; it will even raid our pantries and refrigerators. Over a span of many years this bug has put up quite a resistance in the war against mankind. The roach is one of the most exterminated bugs by pest control professionals, but in the 1990’s in Florida, some of the exterminator’s tricks stop working. This was because the roaches developed a trick of their own; ditching their sweet tooth.
One of the professional tactics used against cockroaches is baiting them with a sweet, sugary poison. In the 90’s when this bait stopped working, researchers started speculating about this seemingly invincible pest. How had the bug avoided the sweet scent and taste of the concoction? Researchers from Raleigh’s North Carolina State University, Ayako Wada-Katsumata, Jules Silverman, and Coby Schal looked into that very question.
Using the common German cockroach, researchers studied the reason for this change in roach behavior. Roaches use taste hairs all over their bodies instead of taste buds to taste their food. Researchers focused on the taste hairs around their mouths and two types of nerve cells that transmit signals to the brain. One of these transmits the taste of bitterness, while the other transmits the taste of sweetness. When the brain received the sweet signal, the roaches were, of course, inclined to eat the substance, and when it received a signal of bitterness, the roaches laid off. The three researchers from North Carolina determined that glucose, which is the main ingredient used in most sugary products, stimulates the bitter receptor in the roach’s brain.
Entomologist at Purdue University, Grzegorz Buczkowski, and Walter S. Leal, the head of the entomology department in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis who were not involved in the research, made some remarks on the findings.
Buczkowski said, “We lose baits all the time.” He expanded by saying that the bug industry has to keep up with the evolution of these bugs in order to maintain the effectiveness of their products. New poisons are constantly developed, because cockroaches and other pests become resistant to the poison, just as bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.
The findings now explain that it wasn’t an ineffective poison, or that the roaches developed immunity to it. The cockroaches simply changed their genetic make-up and lost the attraction to glucose. Now some roaches are passing off this gene and evolving into some sort of super roach.
Walter S. Leal says, “Sometimes the science is beautiful but you don’t know whether there is going to be an application five years from now, 10 years from now or 100 years.”
These results seem to be well on their way to helping the pest control industry and mankind in general to keep a leg up on the evolving cockroach.
Author Bio: Heydi Ruelas is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality Raleigh Roach Control services. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.
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Ants are probably some of the most bothersome bugs in our backyards. They invade our soda can, our bag of chips, and our sandwich in no time. Besides at the monthly picnic however, ants usually keep to themselves and go unnoticed, but there are some species of ants that seem to look for trouble. The following ants are some of the most dominant and invasive pests of the bug world.
When thinking of pesky ants the most common that comes to mind is the Red Imported Fire Ant. Originally from Brazil and other nearby South American countries, this notorious ant was accidentally introduced into the United States in the 1930’s through Alabama cargo shipments. Today these ants can be found in backyards all across the southern United States from the Florida swamps to the California coast.
Fire ants are a nuisance to people in the United States. When introduced to America years ago, the fire ants began to thrive much more easily than in their native South American lands. The ant’s natural predators didn’t make the journey to the States, thus allowing the ants to gain control of the area; and control they sure have taken. Fire ants dominate most other ant species, which is why they’re so common and so disliked. However, there are some ant species, which happen to be on this list, that have a strong resistance against the Red Imported Fire Ant.
Another reason that fire ants are considered pests is because of the amount of electrical damage they cause each year. In the U.S., that number stacks in the millions. These ants will chew wiring and cause damage to power lines, streetlights, A/C units, and appliances.
Argentine Ants are, of course, from Argentina and were introduced to the U.S. around 1891 through the port of New Orleans. These ants are most common in California and the southeastern states of the U.S. Argentine ants can also be found in South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, Easter Island, Austria, and Europe.
Argentine ants have a special trait that amazes scientists; their colonies. Regularly, ants will establish a colony with only one queen and many working ants, but Argentine ants do not. They are friendly towards different colonies of their species and will establish “supercolonies.” These colonies will consist of many, many queens and thousands upon thousands of workers. One of the largest colonies is in Europe. This colony is 3,700 miles in length!
While the Argentine Ant is friendly towards fellow Argentineans, these ants are very aggressive towards different species of ants. Even up against dominant fire ants this ant can come out conqueror. It has been quite the aggressor towards many other ants, but up against the Asian Needle Ant, which follows on our list, even this domineering ant has choked in the ring.
Asian Needle Ants
Originally from Japan, Korea, and China, the Asian Needle ant has been around since the early 1900’s but has only recently begun to dominate in the bug society of the United States. It can be found on the American Atlantic coast; from Connecticut to Florida.
This ant is classified as invasive because of its ability to subdue the extremely aggressive Argentine Ant. Scientists have discovered their shared territory and claimed the Asian Needle to be victorious. The most probable reason for the Asian Needle’s dominance is its hibernating patterns. While most ants hibernate in the winter, the Asian Needle ant is up and about much earlier in the year, giving it the edge in getting its colony going.
The underdogs on this list are definitely these “crazy” ants, which are also known as Tawny Crazy Ants and Raspberry Crazy Ants. Also invading the States from South America, this ant is called crazy because of its sporadic behavior. While most ants follow in single file, these ants run amuck in large stretched out trails. In some places, these crazies have been able to overpower the ferocious fire ant, especially on the Texas coast, leading to the theory that these ants prefer warm, moist climates.
If you are seeing fire ants, crazy ants, Argentine ants, or Asian needle ants in or around your Raleigh area home, get professional ant control.
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Most of the time insects are not a major problem to people, despite the fact that they outnumber humans by the millions. We’ve developed airtight homes to keep them out, and insect sprays to deter them from entering or eating from our crops. They have plenty of nooks and crannies outside to build their homes and spend much of their time eating wild plants and each other. However, there are some bug species that are very aggressive, and angry towards intruders. If you even walk through the same area where they live, you’ll be under threat of losing your life.
Run while you still can!
The most obvious insect for this list is the Africanized Killer Bee, which is actually a man-made creation. In the 1950s, Warwick E. Kerr hybridized the European Bee with the African Bee. He wanted a docile bee that could produce lots of honey and survive in the jungle. What he got was a very territorial bee with a hair trigger temper capable of unloading the entire hive on an intruder into their territory and following that intruder, stinging all the way, for half a mile.
Don’t go to sleep!
The Army Ant found in the Amazonian Basin is one of the more frightening species of insects and have been the subject of many a horror movie. These ants don’t seek out intruders to attack, instead they are aggressive in the way they periodically swarm the jungle floor killing and eating anything in their path. Army ants don’t live in a single location. Rather they set up a temporary home where the Queen lays thousands of eggs, and when the eggs hatch, the entire colony goes on the move. Getting up to half an inch in size with massive jaws, the Army Ants swarm over living things that aren’t fast enough to get out of their path and slice them up alive.
You’re just making them mad!
The Yellow Jacket is among the most aggressive wasp out there. This insect is found in most of the North American continent. Luckily, it doesn’t get as large as some types of wasps, but it vigorously defends its hive sometimes going as far as a thousand feet to defend the colony. These insects can sting and bite repeatedly so you are getting it from both ends when under attack. Yellow Jackets tend to be at their most aggressive in the fall when the colony is at its largest size. Worst of all sudden movements or running tend to aggravate the wasps so they attack with more vigor. If you slap a single wasp when it stings you, it may release a hormone causing lots of other wasps to come and have their vengeance on you. People have died from yellow jacket attacks.
You don’t have to be frightened of just these three examples. There are lots of aggressive and dangerous insects in the world. Next time, you sit down next to a friendly picnic ant, be aware that he may be plotting to eat more than your Jell-O mold.
About the author: Chris is a marketing manager for a midland pest control company.
Published by Bulwark
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