Branch Spotlight: Acrobats Ant In ParamusWhat’s with the name? This ant inherited this name due to their unique ability to raise their abdomen over their thorax and head, specifically when feeling disturbed or threatened. Can they harm my home? Acrobat ants, like many insects, will bite when they feel threatened or omit a strong odor. When it comes to your home, they may strip the insulation from electrical or telephone wires.
Ants are year-round pest that many homeowners, unfortunately, get riddled with. An ant we’ve seen more than usual this year was the acrobat ant. “Acrobat ants were by far the most prevalent ant seen this summer. Typically, these ants are invading homes in search of a cooler environment,” explains our Paramus, NJ Branch Manager, Ed McConnell.
Paramus Pest Pressure
Residents of Paramus, NJ, may encounter pest species at home, during commutes, while at work, and during leisure activities. The mid-sized town — population of 25,000 — harbors bees, wasps, and hornets that continue to harass people in close proximity to nesting areas. Another insect causing problems for homeowners and farmers alike is the invasive brown marmorated stink bug. Like other plant-feeding insects in the Paramus borough, the bug can quickly damage plant populations around the house or entire crop yields on farms. New Jersey inhabitants should also remain alert for non-native Asian tiger mosquitoes, which reproduce in contained water sources such as flower pots, tin cans, and used tires.
Seasonal changes in the New Jersey town increase contact between humans and pests. Attempting to survive the winter months by seeking warmer shelter, many pests recede into homes at the onset of plummeting temperatures in Paramus. Included in the retreat, rodents may enter the town’s homes during winter months by squeezing through small holes and crevices that develop over time. Mice and rats are often caught committing intrusions as well as bats contribute to house smells, damage, and potential for disease transmission.