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It’s Not A Mirage! Water is falling from the sky and ants are in the house again!

Ants have been racing into our homes and yards to find water and food since the onset of “the drought”.  But look, up in the sky, it’s raining aP15-AntsGoMarchingTHndants are still racing into our homes but now it’s to save their colonies from drowning and they’re bringing all of their “ants”, uncles, cousins, queens, and eggs with them.

So it’s not just the drought that brings these annoying trespassers to our homes it’s also the rain, and in the winter, the cold. Our homes and our yards provide optimal resources for their survival and survive they will!

Here’s more info on ants and the weather.

https://www.combatbugs.com/bug-files/ants-and-rainy-weather

http://news.stanford.edu/pr/01/ants45.html

What can a homeowner do to fight the ant invasion?  Check out this link for great tips on do it yourself solutions to keep your home free of ants. http://www.corkyspest.com/ants_new.html

Spiders Add Dancing To Their Skill Set.

All spiders crawPeacock Spider Jurgen-otto.2l, some swim, others are known for their jumping skills and still  others for their ability to catch a breeze and “balloon” to distant lands.

The jumping spider has added one more skill to its list of accomplishments: Awesome Dance Moves.

With their spectacularly colored bodies, rhythmic body movements, and booty-shaking gyrations, male peacock spiders (a species of jumping spider) put on a fantastic show to attract the attention of perspective mates.

Male spiders aren’t just dancing to get a “meaningful” date; they’re dancing for their lives. Their courtship performance is a life or death proposition, a truly risky business for the males, since female jumping spiders won’t hesitate to eat their suitors. Funny thing; they only seem to eat the bad dancers.  Keep practicing guys!                Shake that booty!

Original Video by Jurgen Otto: http://youtu.be/d_yYC5r8xMI Edited by Dario Trovato http://www.balzo.eu.

More on Dancing Spiders: http://mentalfloss.com/article/62195/5-flashy-facts-about-peacock-spiders

Ants take hundreds of “Power Naps” to get through their day.

AntSleep300x200Ants, labor endlessly to support their colonies, each member having a specific job to perform, from the pampered Queens to the multi-tasking female workers to the short lived males, every member of the colony is continually in motion.

So, with all this non-stop activity, the question is, “Do Ants Sleep”?

Scientists say yes! It’s not exactly like human sleep, but ants seem to go through cycles or periods of rest and inactivity in which their body functions and brain activity slow down. It may seem like ants never sleep because some part of the colony is always busy, but individual ants do need to rest.

Studies by researchers at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg (published in the Journal of Insect Behavior), proved that not only do ants sleep but queens show signs of dreaming.

Worker ants, whose behavior is used to symbolize industry and efficiency, survive on the insect equivalent of hundreds of tiny” power naps” a day. Queens routinely sleep for as much as nine hours a day.  Queens definitely rule.

The way an ant colony is designed, suggests that sleep is necessary for the health and longevity of the queens and not so much the workers who are disposable servants of the queen, providing her with food, water, comfort, and protection.

The function of sleep, for ants, is still unknown.

But the lack of rest for the workers seems to help ensure the queens get to live long, peaceful lives.

 

Does a “power nap” sound good to you right now?  Go ahead. Enjoy!

Bed Bugs Hitchhike Around the World

BedBugCouch300x200Bedbugs were nearly eliminated in the 1940’s with the help of the extremely-powerful, but now banned, chemical DDT. However, they have made a comeback in recent years, showing up in hotels, hospitals, buses, trains, movie theaters and other public places. They have the reputation for being the insect world’s most notorious hitchhikers.

These tiny bloodsuckers not only, make their homes in beds, but also in couches, clothing, and the seats of airplanes and trains. At night, they crawl out of cracks and crevices to feed on the blood of the soundly sleeping. These painless attacks generally go undetected until a skin rash appears.

Don’t miss out on, well deserved, sleep! Know what to do to stay bed bug free. http://www.pestworld.org/all-things-bed-bugs/bed-bug-prevention/tips-for-travelers/

Think you might have Bed Bugs? Need do-it-yourself tips,? Take a look at this informative site: http://www.corkyspest.com/bedbugs/

Let us know if you have questions about bed bugs and their control.

Have you had experience with bed bugs while traveling or when you’ve gotten home? Help others by sharing your stories.

Pest Control and the Drought

How the drought affects insects and pest control 

Current drought conditions are the most severe in approximately 1,200 years, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.  40% of California is in the “exceptional” drought category, which is up 23% from a year ago.

Flying and crawling insects, dependent on ever decreasing plant life, in fields, canyons and forests, are migrating to residential areas, back yards and public landscapes, in search of flowers, plants and water.

In urban areas, where water conservation is in force, many insects, including ants are heading indoors to find sufficient water to support their survival.

In anticipation of the increase in insect migration caused by the drought, we have changed our treatment programs to more effectively target invading insects.

Have you seen more pest activity in your yard lately?  Are you finding insects inside your home, that haven’t been there before?  Are insects getting out of control?

Blame it on the drought!