Ants are very small insects that range in size from as tiny as 1mm, like the black ant, to as large as 13mm, like carpenter ants. Generally ants are black, brown, red, or yellow. Ants have become one of the most common pests infesting homes in the past few years and are unfortunately very difficult to control. Ant infestations are not only found inside the home, but also outside. Ants live in colonies, which means seeing one single ant likely indicates that there are more nearby. A single ant colony can consist of over 100,000 ants!
Ant colonies send out scouts to locate food. Ants enjoy eating any scraps you have to offer including sugar and greasy foods. Once the scout decides that your home is filled with delicious foods to munch on, it will leave a scented trail for the colony to follow back to your home. These colonies can enter your home through cracks in your foundation, exterior walls and door frames. Once they decide that your home is a suitable living space for them, they will not leave without ant control services.
There are many different species of ant in Southern Ontario and each ant is treated differently. Ant species that will typically invade a home in Canada include the carpenter ant, the fire ant, the little black ant, the odorous house ant, the thief ant and the pharaoh ant. The pavement ant can become a nuisance in your lawn, garden, decks or patios which gives them the potential to make their way indoors also. A home infestation by carpenter ants is an exceptionally big problem. These ants are the largest of the ant species listed above and cause massive structural damage to homes as they destroy wood to build nests. A sign of a carpenter ant infestation is small piles of sawdust in your home.
Ants can crawl over animal feces before crawling in your home or on your food. To avoid contamination ant infestations should be treated immediately. Although ant bites in Southern Ontario are not life-threatening, they are painful and itchy. Like most infestations, if an ant colony is not removed quickly, the situation will worsen, resulting in serious property damage, potential health risks, and higher fees for ant control treatment services.
ANT CONTROL TREATMENT OPTIONS
Every ant in a colony has a job description. One of these jobs involves finding food and bringing it back to their nest to feed the colony. Baiting systems use a pesticides that work slow enough that the poison doesn't kill the gatherer before it makes its way back to the colony. Baiting is a highly effective option to rid your home of ant nests depending on the type of ant infesting your home. Some species, like Pharaoh ants, can be controlled using baiting treatments, while other species cannot. It's incredibly important to identify the type of ant before completing an ant pesticide treatment or baiting. Pest Kings can help you during the identification process.
If the species of ant can be controlled with bait stations Pest Kings Wildlife & Pest Control will place a multiple bait stations in the areas you've noticed the infestation. These areas generally include baseboards, carpet edges, cabinet edges and any other crevice that provides a hiding spot. We will leave these bait stations at your home and baited for at least two weeks. We will then arrange a follow up with you, our client, to determine if your ant infestation is now under control or if you require further treatment.
This option is not suitable for all ant species or households with pets or small children who may attempt to eat or play with the bait stations.
Pest Kings Wildlife & Pest Control offers chemical spray and dust treatments that can be an effective barrier and ant nest treatment. Applying these chemicals directly to the nest eliminates the colony. Generally, ants outside of your home will be treated with a chemical spray, while ants inside your home will be treated with a dust that is "puffed" into the area. Pest Kings will then complete an ant barrier treatment applied to baseboards, doors and window frames to repel any ants from re-entering your home.
Each species of ant will respond differently to the same treatment; in some cases, the wrong pesticide treatment may cause the infestation to spread and worsen. For this reason, we do not encourage DIY pesticide treatments to remove ant infestations in your home.
WE ARE A TEAM OF HIGHLY-SKILLED PROFESSIONALS
Pest Kings Wildlife & Pest Control's process involves a full ant removal treatment, creating a barrier between your property and infestations. With over 10 years of experience, Pest Kings has the skill and know-how needed to keep your homes ant infestation under control.