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The Bullet Ant

Megan Pinneo

Parponera Clavata

aka "Bullet Ant"

Thought you had an ant problem? Try living in the Amazonian Forest and having to deal with Bullet Ants. If your living in Nicaragua, Honduras, Paraguay or Costa Rica you know just what kind of ant I am talking about. The Bullet Ant is also known as the 24hour Ant which describes the lasting pain after a sting. A sting from the Bullet Ant can leave its victim weak, swollen and wiped out. In question to whether or not a Bullet Ant can kill a human is most likely only if the victim has an allergic reaction to the bite  or not.

Be Warned

The Bullet Ant will never attack unless provoked. They will first release a strong odor to serve as a warning before it will attack. While they are intimidating they will warn you first, don't say I didn't tell you so.

Tribe Rituals

Some native tribes use the Bullet Ants in initiation ceremonies for bringing young men into adulthood. The elders of the tribe first gather many of the ants and sedate them with a drug to make them drowsy long enough to place them into large woven mitts. Next, the young males must wear the mitts filled with the angry waking Bullet Ants for 10 minutes. They must endure the continuing pain of the bites for at least the next 24hours.  This ritual is done a total of 20 times in order to bring the young men into adulthood. Good thing we do not have Bullet ants here in the states!

Just Plain Ants

While you probably don't have a problem with angry Bullet Ants on your hands you may have a pesky plain ant problem taking over your kitchen, and if that is the case you need a Professional to help you with that. Call Black Knight Pest Control and ask about our Ant Control Service. We have a plan that will work for you!

 

 

 

Scorpions

Megan Pinneo

Scorpion

Beware of Scorpions

During periods of hot weather scorpions are known to enter the home through any cracks or openings that there may be in and around the home. They tend to favor crawl spaces and attics once inside the home. Scorpions are nocturnal therefor can mostly be seen at night. Their diet mostly consists of insects such as crickets, cockroaches and spiders and can survive for months without food as long as they have a water source.

The Sting

As a defense mechanism scorpions are known to sting. If a human is stung by a scorpion they most likely would experience mild symptoms similar to a bee sting. There are some species of scorpions that carry a dangerous venom which can be fatal to humans.

Prevention

If you are concerned about scorpions being a threat to your home you may want to take some precautions to help keep them away. Start by eliminating places around your home where these pests can harbor such as wood piles, trash and debris. If you are storing any firewood on the property make sure that is at least 20ft away from your home. Also, sealing any cracks in and around your home is a must, this will not only keep scorpions out but any other pests that may be wanting to enter your home as well. Be sure that all screens on windows and doors are secure and without and any tears. Last, check that the garage door closes to the ground and there is not an opening for them to crawl in.

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6 Insects That Help Your Garden Grow

Megan Pinneo

Believe is or not there are several types of insects that actually help your garden flourish. Here are a few that you may not want to scare away next time you see them.

Praying Mantis

The Praying Mantis kills and eats other insects which creates a growth control over the predatory insects.

Ground Beetle

Ground Beetles feed on harmful insects such as maggots and flies. Having the Ground Beetle around will help your vegetables grow.

Syrphid Flies

Syrphid Flies, also known as hover flies help in the pollination of plants.

Wasps

Wasps increase the soil aeration and filtration in your garden.

 Bumble Bee

Bumble Bees kill active and harmful insects which help the continuous growth of plants.

Lady Bugs

The beautiful Lady Bug eat mites, mealy bugs and their larvae, which are harmful to plants.

It's always a good time to call Black Knight Pest Control with all your Pest Control and Termite needs but when you see these insects in your garden you may want to give it a second thought, they are actually helping your garden grow.

There are times when it is hard to tell each insect from another and for those times give Black Knight Pest Control we can always help you.

Carlsbad, Ca Field Of Flowers

Carlsbad, Ca Field Of Flowers

Think of all the helpful insects that help this beautiful field of flowers grow in Carlsbad, California.