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to insects may impact you. Ant's are just like us--they need water and with many
areas in the Mid-State still in a drought. the heat and dry weather are driving
ants into desperation mode!
"Ants can follow along electrical wires,
plumbing some places that you really just can't keep them out, I mean if they
want in they are going to find a way in," said Jim Hooten, owner of Hooten Pest
Control. They are working overtime lately keeping up with calls for active ants.
Hooten estimates his business has gone up 30 percent! "Some of our normal
customers that have never had issues with ants are have ants that come into
their house," said Hooten.
Middle Tennessee State University Biology
Professor, Andy Brower says the ants are active so they can survive. "In the dry
times they are really stressed like the tress were, I mean you saw the trees
were dying, all the species of insects are in the same boat because they are
little and they desiccate easily,: said Brower.
The pests become more of
a danger outdoors, especially when we are talking about fire ants. With all of
the dry weather lately they will burrow deeper in the ground in search of water
and with no visible mound you could unknowingly be walking over thousands, armed
and ready to sting. "They have a way of kind of stinging simultaneously, so one
stings you and that releases an alarm pheromone that tells all the other ants
the nest is threatened and then everybody stings," said Brower.
control experts say you can try to beat the ant by purchasing ant killer at
local hardware stores. But don't use too much, Hooten says like medicine, just a
little will go a long way. "People have the misconception about pesticides that
using more is better and that's not necessarily the truth," said Hooten. Once
ants find a food or water source they leave a scent, marking the trail for other
ants to move in. Experts say to find that trail and spray it with ant killer.
It's also said that a mixture of vinegar and water or dish washing
detergent and water will help if you spray around the ants trail. If that's not
enough it'll cost you around $60 to 200 bucks to call in the pros.
Tuesday, July 31 2012, 08:16 PM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.