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AntsCurrently, there are more than 22,000 species of classified ants. Ants typically live in large colonies that can range from a few individuals to more than a million individuals. Ants invade homes to look for food left out by us and they prefer to nest in damp areas. In North America, the most common ant is the Carpenter Ant which is commonly referred to as the household ant.
Ant removal can vary depending on the type of ant in the home, and knowing which kind of ant you have is important for determining how best to remove them. There are, however, a few things you can do to try to eliminate ants on your own.
Common Ant Species
Odorous House Ant
Odorous House Ants
Ant Removal Tips
1. Keep Things Clean and Dry – Ants are scavengers, and they come into our homes searching for food and water so keeping countertops, kitchen floors and trash containers clean and sanitary can help prevent an infestation.
2. Try Vinegar – Vinegar repellants can be an effective way to fight off ants. Mix vinegar with water at a 50-50 ratio and spray the mixture onto ant trails.
3. Baby Powder – Ants hate scented talcum powder, so use it wherever you see ants.
If natural remedies don’t work, and the ants infestation persists, call in the experts at Griffin Pest Solutions. We can quickly identify the species of ant you have and create a custom ant removal plan to get your home pest free in no time!
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Appearance – Pavement ants are dark brown or blackish. They are about 1/8” in length. Workers ants are more common than ones with wings. The swarmer’s or reproductive ants have wings, and are about twice the size of the worker ants.
Biology- This kind of ant usually builds their nests in soil, and can be found under pavement and buildings. They eat many different things such as seeds, grease, animal food, etc.
Prevention – Eliminate standing water. Many pests including ants, are attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants trimmed away from the house. Make sure there are no cracks or small openings around your home.
Boris & Medea Luna lock jaws.
We haven’t done an aquarium update in quite some time, so we are long overdue. Boris and Medea Luna have been living in the fifty gallon aquarium for several years now. They currently share the aquarium with a school of Rummy Nose Tetras, a school of Serpae Tetras, a school of Glowlight Tetras, five golden X-Ray Tetras, some Cardinal and Neon Tetras, six Silver Hatchet Fish, two large Plecostomus, two Indian Killifish (the only non-Amazon fish), a Corydoras Catfish and one odd Tetra. They continue to spawn erratically, but the Tetras, which are really just small Piranas, always eat the eggs as they are laid. Boris and Medea Luna attempt to chase the other aquarium dwellers away from the spawning site to no avail. We stopped trying to raise their young as they were often deformed. Boris and Medea Luna still fight and court, and Boris has bitten off her pectoral fins much like he did to Lefty many years ago. Medea Luna is often the aggressor and she often initiates the activities. Occasionally the Angelfish kill a Tetra that is moving too slowly, but the other fish have learned to avoid the Angelfish when they are defending territory.
Boris initiates the flip.
The History of Boris and Medea Luna
Boris and Medea Luna, a pair of Angelfish, have been in our care since March 27, 2009, when we brought four Angelfish home from Pasadena Tropical Fish. Within five days, we had a spawing, but three fish seemed to be involved. Eventually Boris and Medea Luna proved to be the dominant pair and started to attack the other female, who we eventually named Digitalis. She and her mate Lefty lived for several years in their own aquarium and they produced numerous spawning before dying in in 2011. Boris and Medea Luna always lived in a community aquarium with Rams and Cardinal Tetras, and they protected numerous spawings from the other fish in the aquarium. We always waited for the eggs to hatch before removing the wriggling fry with a turkey baster and raising the fry in a nursery aquarium.
Boris and Medea Luna flipping.
Here are Boris and Medea Luna on their second anniversary in Mount Washington.
Boris and Medea Luna lock and swim toward the surface.