What to do about bed bugs?

Bed bug issues are getting worse. The Exacticide power duster is the best tool in the world for eliminating bed bug issues when these creatures have infested a bed, room or house. Yet understandably, your clients will want reassurance they’re gone for good. After treating...

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How to help clients avoid bed bug issues after a vacation

The Exacticide electric duster is the best tool in the U.S. to solve bed bug issues. But clients who call in pest control specialists to deal with bed bug issues typically want to know how to avoid having to exterminate bed bugs in the future.

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The future of the fight against bed bug issues

Are bed bug issues becoming more prevalent? Can a tool like an electric duster help? Across the country, bed bug issues are increasing in frequency and intensity. Fortunately, the Exacticide electric duster is an outstanding solution for your clients.

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The rise of the ants

By the mid-2000s ant work had supplanted cockroach work in many parts of the country. Then, the ant segment began to surpass termite work as the largest area of opportunity in pest control. While much of the ant onslaught can be attributed to warmer-than-average weather patterns, invasive species are creating a huge problem.

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August 11, 2016


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Some ant species exhibit traits of shared-dominance

Summer is in full swing, which means one thing: ants. It’s likely you’ve been getting calls to deal with these pesky insects. Fortunately, researchers have come a little closer to understanding their behavior, and determining how these creatures behave and communicate.

queen ant

Researchers at Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences published a new study examining how the ant “pecking order” shakes out. Did you know that ants exhibit dueling behavior within their colonies, but that it isn’t always a single individual who wins out?

What the researchers were trying to determine was whether or not there is a way for ants to express aggression without it resulting in a winner and a loser. Through the use of a computer model, they were able to make an interesting determination regarding the social structure of the Indian jumping ants.

In these ants, when the colony’s queen dies, the female workers begin a series of ritual fights to determine who the next queen will be. While fierce, the duels rarely result in actual physical injury to the ant. By the time the ritual concludes, a group of around 10 workers will establish their dominance over the rest and essentially become a ruling council of queens over the rest of the colony. The researchers referred to these groups at “gamergates.”

Not all ant colonies operate in such a fashion. Though more research must be done, the majority of ant societies rely on a top down pecking order where a single individual holds sway over all others.

Will we find other, more fascinating methods of ant communication as we continue to study individual species? Only time, and more research, will tell.