Ants information

 

So Many Ants!

Ants cause problems primarily when they forage in buildings for food or water and when they construct nests in buildings and gardens. When searching for food, they can be attracted to a wide range of products with different species preferring sweets, meats, fats or oils. They will also search indoors for water during dry periods. When desirable items are found many species will recruit fellow nest mates to help gather the food and return it to the nest.

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Intellipest Control Inc.

We will create a plan to guide us towards a pest-free environment for you. Where possible we will reduce the dependence on chemicals and use several methods to remove the ants and other pests. The plan will include a balance of preventative measures, setting and achieving sanitation goals and regular maintenance. Using a variety of strategies and the use of pesticides if necessary will lead to eradication. We will find sources of ant colonies, as the ant trails you can see are only a small part of the complete picture. In all, depending on the full environment, our technician will report and create a comprehensive plan and leave you pest free.

Tapinoma

is a genus of ants that belongs to the subfamily Dolichoderinae. The genus currently comprises 74 described species distributed worldwide in tropical and temperate regions. Members of are generalized foragers, nesting in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from grasslands, open fields, woodlands, to inside buildings. The majority of species nest in the ground under objects such as stones or tree logs, other species build nests under bark of logs and stumps, in plant cavities, insect galls or refuse piles.

Fire ant

Is the common name for several species of ants in the genus Solenopsis. They are, however, only a minority in the genus, which includes over 200 species of Solenopsis worldwide. Solenopsis are stinging ants and most of their common names reflect this, for example, ginger ants and tropical fire ants. Many species also are called red ants because of their light brown color, though species of ants in many other genera are similarly named for similar reasons.  None of these names applies in all countries nor to all species of Solenopsis, nor only to Solenopsis species; for example the colloquial names for several species of weaver ants in the genus Oecophylla in Southeast Asia include “fire ants” because of their red color and painful sting; the two genera, however, are not closely related. Also, Wasmannia auropunctata is commonly called the “little fire ant”. Although very small, they dont feel small when they bite and sting!!

Treatments and home remedies

First aid for fire ant stings includes external treatments and oral medicines. There are also many home remedies of varying efficacy, including immediate application of urine or aloe vera gel, the latter of which is also often included in over-the-counter creams that also include medically tested and verified treatments.[7] External, topical treatments include the anesthetic benzocaine, the antihistamine diphenhydramine, and the corticosteroid hydrocortisone.  Antihistamines or topical corticosteroids may help reduce the itching and will generally benefit local sting reactions. Oral medicine include antihistamines. Severe allergic reactions to fire ant stings, including severe chest pain, nausea, severe sweating, loss of breath, serious swelling, and slurred speech, can be fatal if not treated. There are many hundreds of types of ants in the Philippiines, if you want more detailed information plese follow this very useful link http://www.antwiki.org/wiki/Philippine_Ants_homepage