Did you know Florida has some of the highest pest pressures in the United States? In other words: we have a LOT of bugs!
And one of those bugs is the Tawny Crazy Ant, often referred to around here as the Caribbean Crazy Ant. This invasive pest is aptly named. They get their name from their seemingly aimless and haphazard trailing. They run around like they are crazy! And they can make you crazy if they invade your house!
Check out this video about UF/IFAS entomology researchers that are developing new bait treatments to help homeowners control this maddening insect. It’s very enlightening!
Also, we would like to emphasize the concept of reducing “harborage.” Harborage means places where these ants can hide and breed, such as stones, boards, firewood, patio blocks, etc. They can hide in mulch and vegetation lying on the soil or even against the foundation wall of a structure. These sneaky little guys also like potted plants. Be sure to get rid of as much harborage as possible! WE understand you probably can’t get rid of all of it, but clear away as much as you can.
The crazy ant’s diet consists of animal matter, insects and sweets. Keeping your home clean and tidy goes a long way toward reducing the likelihood of being invaded as well!
If you think you have been invaded, contact us immediately. Good News Pest Solutions is the Green leader in the pest control industry and we strive to bring you the best in green pest control in Sarasota. We were the first to use minimum risk, pesticide-exempt labeled products to obtain guaranteed results. Working with EPA registered products, we have been able to further our world-class rating as the “best of the best” when it comes to managing pest problems naturally.
So if crazy ants are driving you crazy, stop the madness and contact us immediately!
It’s Halloween time, and decorations of spiders, witches, and “all things scary ” have begun to appear on store shelves everywhere.
Unfortunately the bat gets included in this list—poor thing has quite the reputation! This unusual flying mammal is feared for either its “blood-sucking” habits or “carrier of rabies” status.
However, it’s easily forgotten that bats are one of our best pest police. Each night they take to the sky to feast on mosquitoes and other pesky insects. Move over, batman….bats are the true heroes!
We like the way Kathleen Smith, a Wildlife and Fisheries level three biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) puts it: “People don’t realize that bats play a pretty critical role in insect control.They control a major part of the pest population; that’s billions of dollars that the agriculture industry would otherwise have to spend on pesticides.”
Billions of dollars on pesticides? And pesticides that are probably not environmentally-friendly to boot!
Wow! Are you starting to think differently about bats now? Florida has 13 different species of this flying pest control, including:
And please remember this: whatever type of bat you might stumble upon one evening, rest assured it has no interest in sucking your blood; vampire bats are only found in Central and South America! And….only 1 percent of bats carry rabies!
If you suspect you have bats in your home or building, give us a call. We would be happy to help you. We do not kill them! We safely relocate them. And for the record, April 15 – August 15 is their mating season and NO bat exclusion work should be done during that time, unless there is harm to individuals or the structure by their presence.
So if you happen to see a bat decoration this Halloween season, let it serve as reminder of their usefulness to the environment…there’s nothing to be afraid of!