A rare insect exhibit is slated to open soon in China’s Sichaun province in Beijing. Included in the exhibit is an ant fossil believed to be 165 million years old!
The exhibition, organized by the Insect Museum of West China, is a month long show that will include other rare insect fossils as well. Aside from the ancient ant exhibit the exhibition will include dragonflies, beetles and bees; many of which date back to the Jurassic period.
Museum curator Zhoa Li stated that “The reason for scarcity of insect fossil is that their exoskeleton do not preserve very well,”. This might explain why some of the fossilized insects look completely different to their modern descendants while some still look the same.
The 165 year old ant fossil is among the most impressive of all the insects on exhibit. The museum is so proud of the ant because it is believed to be around 45 million years older than a comparable ant fossil found by American archaeologists in the Amazon. Those are some old ants!
In all The Insect Museum of West China is home to over 4,000,000 insect samples collected from over 40 countries! That sure is a lot of insects to share a roof with! If you have insects under your roof but are not as gracious a host as the museum call a Cincinnati pest control extermination expert to make them history!
Termites are some of the most destructive pests there is. A termite infestation can cause structural damage to you home and cost thousands to repair. Often times homeowners have no idea they have a termite problem until it is too late which is why it is important to get a termite inspection on your home every one to three years. However there are a few tips to spot a termite problem for those of us who are not trained experts.
Swarmers or discarded wings, which are young female and male termites will emerge in the springtime often times leaving their discarded wings near windowsills and doorways. Spotting the discarded wings is one big clue that you might have termites.
Mud tubes are built by termites to provide moisture between their colony and food source and are often times found near the foundation of a home. It is important to look out for mud tubes at your homes foundation because if present they are a sign of subterranean termites which are the most destructive termite species.
Wood damage is the most common sign of termites in a home. Wood that sounds hollow when tapped on, or that looks dark or blistering is what homeowners should look for when trying to spot termites. Additionally cracked or bubbling paint in a home is another sign to look for when looking for termites in your home.
One other way to spot termites in your home is frass. Frass is the light, wood colored droppings that termites leave behind. Specifically if you find a small pile of what looks like sawdust in your home you might be dealing with termites.
If you find any of these signs of termites in your home it is important to contact a local expert before the termite infestation causes any more damage to your home.
Some of the most common type of ants found in Kentucky is the Carpenter ant. The Carpenter ant can grow to be up to 3/4 inch long. Often times these ants will make up their nests in dead wood which can be made up of trees that have fallen, buried stumps or even parts of abandoned Kentucky buildings. Carpenter ants forage for a variety of foods which include, insects, nectar, pollen, seeds, and fruit. Despite making a home in wood the Carpenter ant rarely cause serious damage to structures like their relative pest the termite.
Ants are most often considered to be nuisance pest and for good reason, such as invading homes with large colonies, however ants can also be beneficial to humans in our gardens and crops. Nevertheless invading ants are one of the biggest urban pest issues in the United States and for residents of Northern Kentucky we are more than familiar with the invading Carpenter ant.
Another issue people commonly have with ants is the fact that some ant species will sting and some individuals are allergic to certain ants. However despite the many problems man does have with ants they are very interesting creatures and many scientists dedicate their professional lives to understanding them.
It is also important to note that ants travel in colonies so if you do find your self with an ant problem at your home it could be not just one but thousands! If you suspect any nuisance ants at you home we recommend contacting you local Kentucky ant control expert.
Have you ever been bothered by a fly in the house or maybe out on a weekend picnic? This scenario has played out all throughout mans history and is not likely to end anytime soon. From Egyptian pharaohs slathering honey on naked servants in order to attract flies away from royalty, to our modern Susie-homemaker running around the house with a flyswatter on the hunt. Man has always combated flies but whats to know other than they are bothersome? Well the following will share some basics.
The most common fly found around the home is the aptly named House Fly. The adult house fly can grow to one quarter of an inch and can live between 15 and 25 days. Another common fly is the Horse Fly which is named for the fact that it is a common nuisance of horses. Often times the Horse Fly is found in both suburban and rural ares near the bodies of water which serve as their breeding grounds. Along with the others mentioned the Fruit Fly is another one of the most common flies, getting their name from their fondness of fruit. Although Fruit Flies are small they can be dangerous acting as disease vectors.
Most of the non biting flies like the Housefly are not only nuisance pests but can be responsible for contaminating food and transmitting diseases. In fact houseflies can potentially transfer more than 100 pathogens including malaria, salmonella, and tuberculosis.
Lastly if you are being bothered by anyone of these flies make sure to contact a nuisance fly pest control expert!
As of 2013 Columbus Public Health had received 90 phone calls regarding rats, since that time the city’s rat-control efforts expanded to the University district, North Linden, South Linden and Harrison West.
According to the vector control program manager Scott R. Whittaker, the warmer weather brings about more rat activity in the city and that furthermore the primary food source for the rats in Clintonville is bird seed. Whittaker believes in a proactive approach to rat-control, by first eliminating rodent food sources as well as clearing out places where rats call home. Admittedly Whittaker also has no issue using pesticide to rid the city of its rodents if necessary as he is well aware of how tricky these pests can be.
According to Whittaker “Rate are incredibly smart” and if one observes another being killed by a spring trap they won’t fall for the same trick. This is why regular and proactive steps must be taken to combat the rodents in Ohio.
Moreover experts believe Dog droppings to be the second most common source of food for rats in Clintonville, thus implying how important it is to pick up after your pets.
Specifically a control plan is in effect in which the city will reassess all locations with prior rat activity and if evidence is found all parcels within a 200 foot radius will be inspected for food sources. According to Whittaker 200 feet is approximately the distance a rat will travel in a day.
Upon first implementing the program Clintonville residents reportedly responded with a good deal of concern but since the program has settled in the district representatives have heard nothing but positive remarks from the neighborhood.
Man may have created the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Great Wall of China, the Empire State building but termites are capable of building mounds so resilient that one is over 2,000 years old!
The termite mound was discovered in the Miombo woodland area of central Africa and measured in at 33 feet tall, complete with termite ‘air conditioning’. Experts estimate that the mound is about 2,200 years old and was in use for hundreds if not thousands of years.
The only other ancient termite mound that comes close in age is one that has been dated 750 years old. Both ancient termite mounds were built by Macrotermes falciger, a native termite to the Miombo Woods in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The mounds were analyzed using carbon 14 dating, which is also a technique used to date bones and other natural artifacts. Moreover, researchers from the Ghent University in Belgium and the University of Lubumbashi gathered in the Democratic Republic of Congo to conduct the analysis.
Quite interesting, I just hope my regular Cincinnati pest control doesn’t include carbon dating any termite mounds!
Beetle Threat Means Spraying in Yards, Too
Governor Brown has made another tough decision in the context of climate change and drought, and this time it involves spraying that goes beyond agricultural fields.
The active chemical being sprayed into some residents backyards will be carbaryl, a known carcinogen, but in the diluted amounts being used it is considered safe for humans.
The state simply cannot take chances when it comes to the current pest invasion by the Japanese beetle. The fairly large, black and green-iridescent beetle eats just about every plant that grows.
While it does devour some unlikable plants such as poison oak and crabgrass, the voracious beetle also eats apples, alfalfa, plums, peaches, grapes, wisteria and strawberries. This pest will also destroys trees, including walnuts and elms.
If an infestation does occur, California crops could be quarantined, adding another burden to the already beleaguered agricultural economy of the state. The drought has caused extreme stress to what is a 40 billion dollar industry, and inability export California fruits and veggies could bring economic disaster.
Without any practical alternative, the state is extending the spraying to 41 privately owned properties in Fair Oaks and 247 in Carmichael.