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5 Characteristics That Make Fire Ants a Unique Ant Species

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Fire ants boast a painful bite – and one that’s very dangerous for those who are allergic. But this isn't the only way in which these fascinating creatures differ from other ants. Skyline Pest Solutions, serving Marietta, GA and greater metro Atlanta, explains the ways they stand out and why ant control is a must for your home or business when dealing with this species. Physical Features of the Fire Ant The fire ant has easily noticeable features that differ from those of other ants. While there are many kinds of fire ants, they all differ physically from other ants in the following ways: Two nodes between the trunk (or thorax) and abdomen Antennae is divided into 10 sections, including the "elbow" at the top Although usually associated with the color red, a fire ant may be red or black. The fire ant is between 1/8 and 1/4 of an...
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Why Mosquitoes Are Such a Nuisance During the Summer

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Mosquitoes pose many health threats, from the Zika virus to West Nile virus. While the risk of contracting these diseases is relatively rare, these little buzzers annoy victims with their itchy bites wherever they go. The Georgia heat and humidity provide ideal conditions for these pests, making mosquito control a must. Mosquito Behavior Understanding mosquitoes’ behavior can help you avoid being bitten. Their most active time of day is around dusk, so avoid going out as it starts to become dark or wear long pants and shirts to cover your legs and arms. Afternoons – the hottest, sunniest time of the day – are their least active biting periods. This is when they seek out wet, cool areas where they're no longer at risk of dehydration beneath the sun's rays. If they make their way indoors, beware. There's nothing slowing them down in the comfortable confines of your temperature-controlled, shaded...
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The Right Way to Check Your Luggage for Bed Bugs

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  Bed bugs have become a major concern in modern life. As we travel more frequently and to more places, these pests have more opportunities than ever to relocate. At Skyline Pest Solutions , we provide Atlanta, GA and other communities with effective bed bug control solutions, and we’d like to explain how you can prevent the critters from hitching a ride in your luggage.   Prevent Infestations Before You Go   If you're buying new luggage, opt for hard-shell cases. Otherwise, pack garbage bags to wrap suitcases in once you arrive. Pack ample resealable plastic bags to place your clothes in before putting them in drawers. Don't forget a flashlight for thorough room inspections if you don't have one on your smartphone.   Inspect Your Room First   Before inspecting your room, wrap your luggage in a plastic bag or put it in the bathtub; bed bugs can't crawl...
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A Look at the Places Wasps Are Most Likely to Infest

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  Spotting wasps in or near your home can be upsetting. Although a wasp sting isn't dangerous for most people, those with allergies or sensitivities can suffer reactions ranging from mild to life-threatening. If you've spotted a nest or suspect an infestation, professional wasp control is a must. Skyline Pest Solutions explains where nests can be found in or near Atlanta, GA.   How to Find a Wasp Nest   If you've noticed wasp activity, you'll probably find a nest on your property or somewhere nearby. To track the nest, leave pancake syrup or canned fish out as bait. A wasp colony will carry its food back to the nest or fly home in a straight line after feeding; watch from a safe distance.    Wasp Aggression   While the average wasp is passive unless cornered, it may become aggressive under these conditions:   Hot weather Overcrowded nest Becoming drunk...
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When the Sun Sets: The Nighttime Habits of Ants

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They don't spend evenings relaxing with a favorite TV show. It's hard to imagine one stretching and yawning on the way to bed. What exactly do they do when the sun goes down in Georgia? Are ants nocturnal, or do they turn in after a busy day foraging through your backyard and kitchen? It Depends on the Species Here in Georgia’s humid climate, the carpenter and sugar ant share all-night habits. Other ant species work around the clock, but these two never slow down. Unlike their pharaoh and Argentine cousins, carpenter and sugar ants keep their colonies running at full speed 24/7. You rarely see them in the moonlight, but they can see you. The insects have remarkable night vision because their huge eyes are filled with wide photoreceptors. Every ant in a nest can navigate the darkness through yards, walls, and kitchen cabinets. Ant control specialists use their knowledge...
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The Two Sides of Termites: Good in the Wild, Bad in Your Home

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They're not very attractive insects. Their reputation for property damage keeps them on everyone's list of most dreaded pests. Here in McDonough, GA, termites are recognized as a serious threat to homes and businesses, but the bugs play an important role in our state's ecosystem. The termite is actually good for the environment. They're Excellent Soil Engineers When you enjoy the natural beauty of Marshall Forest, you probably don't notice termite mounds. The structures serve as vertical doorways to colonies housing hundreds of thousands of insects. They're often surrounded by an abundance of healthy plants because they keep the underlying soil moist. Every termite mound represents miles of burrows under the forest floor. The tunnels aerate countless acres and serve as a subterranean irrigation system. A thriving termite nest in our great outdoors helps control storm runoff and minimizes erosion. Termite soil engineering makes a positive difference in the wild....
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