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Many fire ants have come into the United States on contaminated ships arriving in Mobile, Alabama, from South America in the early 1930s. They have spread slowly but steadily. Depending on soil types and seasons, their colonies may be entirely underground or in mounds ranging from 6 to 18 inches high. This causes trouble in areas such as playgrounds, parks, beaches, and wildlife refuges. The ants' aggressiveness and ability to reproduce and compete and triumph over other insects for food have allowed them to displace many beneficial insects and other animals.

These tiny pests, generally known for their burning sting, have caused billions of dollars in damage and control costs since entering the United States. Scientists believe red imported fire ants have flourished here because they have no natural enemies. The ecological balance has shifted in their favor. U.S. red imported fire ant densities are about five times those in their native habitat of South America.

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A cricket may be referred to as any of approximately 2,400 species of leaping insects of the family Gryllidae (order Orthoptera). They are known for the musical chirping of the male. Crickets vary in length from 3 to 50 mm (0.12 to 2 inches). They have thin antennae. Their hind legs are constructed for jumping. Their color typically ranges from light brown to gray.

The mole cricket has wings and may leave its burrow at night.

The female places eggs in underground chambers that sometimes include plant material. This serves as food for newly hatched nymphs. Unlike most insects, one European mole cricket species (Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa) guards its eggs and young. The mole cricket feeds on roots and, when present in sufficiently large numbers, it injures crops and gardens. Their burrows cause lawn turf to dry out. Crickets feed on the roots of your lawn and grass.

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A spider is referred to as any member of the order Araneida, or Araneae, of the class Arachnida. Spiders differ from the insects by having eight legs rather than six. Their bodies are divided into two parts rather than three. The use of silk is highly developed among spiders. There are many species and they vary over various continents.

Spiders are predators. They feed primarily on other arthropods such as insects. Many spiders that are active hunters overpower their prey. They have a well-developed sense of touch or sight. Others construct silk snares, or webs, to capture their prey. They sometimes capture more than they can consume.Their webs are constructed instinctively and they trap flying insects effectively. Many spiders can inject a venom into their prey to kill it while others use silk to ensnare their prey.

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The cockroach prefers a warm, humid, dark environment and is usually found in tropical or other mild climates. Only a few species have become pests. The insect damages more material than it consumes and emits a disagreeable odor. The diet
of the cockroac includes both plant and animal products. It can consume food, paper, clothing, and books as well as dead insects and bedbugs.

Cockroaches are suspected as being linked to asthma. According to an article in Discover Magazine (01/01/98), there was a report on the results of a study of the causes of asthma conducted by a group of allergists. One explanation for the high rate of occurrence of asthma among poor inner-city neighborhoods pointed to cockroaches as a potential cause.

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In termites, the male and female lose their wings after a dispersal flight. They dig a cavity in which they raise the first young. These young have their sexual maturation inhibited by chemical secretions from their parents. Instead of reproducing themselves, they work to make more chambers and get food for the next young. They often get fecal material from each other that is full of symbiotic protozoa to digest wood. They also use the fecal material to build houses. The more advanced forms of termites like to chew the wood and grow fungus on the pulp it produces. The young have a division of labour. Some of them are workers and some soldiers; there are also nasutes, which have snoutlike processes that eject a sticky substance used in warfare to protect the colony. Such colonies may become huge and build houses higher than a man's head. The first parents are not so much the leaders of the colony as egg-producing machines cared for by their first offspring. Eventually some of the workers achieve their freedom. When the chemical secretion from their parents runs short, they develop wings, fly off, and start new colonies of their own.

Dry-wood termites nest in the wood that they feed on. They do not invade a structure from the soil so they are difficult to control. Preventive measures include the use of chemically treated wood in building construction and the use of paint or other durable finish to seal cracks in wood surfaces as well as chemical extermination may be used to assist in their elimination. Ever-Redi® Exterminating offers you the professional service you desire.

Subterranean termites typically reach the wood in man-made structures through their tunnels.

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