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Ant Control in Toronto
Once you realize that you have an ant control problem and need help, it’s time to call the professionals at Power Pest Control and get our ant exterminators working for you.
We have a team of ant exterminators with the knowledge and equipment to solve your pest control problem in a timely manner, without causing any harm to your family or pets.
Contact the ant removal experts in Toronto with years of experience, and stop worrying about ant control problems in your home or business!
Our Ant Removal Process
If you have been noticing ants in your property (especially in recurring locations), there’s a good chance you have an ant control problem and that means it’s time to call the ant removal experts in Toronto!
Depending on the type of species in your home, the ant extermination process will differ. Here is an overview of the ant control and extermination process.
Our experienced ant control professionals will provide a free estimate over the phone to give you an idea on the cost of the service. Once the paperwork is signed we will conduct a detailed inspection of your property to find the source of the problem to prevent future infestations within your home.
During the evaluation process, we will identify the ant species and find the potential root of the problem, and we will then discuss treatment options.
Once you’re comfortable with our analysis, we will commence the treatment to eliminate the ants within your home.
As you can imagine, every case is unique. That’s why it’s so important for our ant exterminators to inspect your property in person.
We are your local ant exterminator experts in Toronto, and we’re always ready to help make pests a thing of the past. Call us anytime for a free no obligation quote over the phone so we can explain the problem while offering affordable, logical solutions.
Signs of Ants in Your Home
Having ants in your home is no picnic. A true force of nature, ants are the strongest animals on the planet for their size (strength to weight ratio), making them a formidable pest to deal with. With nearly 100 species in Ontario, ants consume the same foods we eat, making it very tempting for them to get into your house.
Your home may seem like an impenetrable building, but there are numerous ways ants get in, making it necessary to call an ant exterminator in Toronto, like Power Pest Control. Ant nests can be built in soil, under concrete slabs, near foundations, or doorway entrances.
Tiny spaces allow them to infiltrate your property, and all it takes is one ant to find a pathway into your home and before you know it, you have an ant control problem that requires ant exterminators!
Signs of ants include the telltale ant mounds, but depending on the species of ant that has invaded your home, the signs might be different. You could see the classic trail of happy ants making their way to food and water sources.
Carpenter ants can live indoors and outdoors; however, these are some of the following areas where you would find them within your home:
- Under windows
- Roof eaves
- Decks and porches
- Around sunroofs
- Around door frames
The areas noted are not the only areas where they will infest; however these areas are most likely due to fact these areas have a high potential for moisture.
While in nature, ants look for trees or stumps, and inside human buildings they look for similar environments. They ideally want damp, soft wood. Look at your cabinets around sources of water like drains or dishwashers. Fireplaces and windows can also harbor moisture which may dampen the wood and present an alluring location for the ants. In addition, carpenter ants may seek out insulation and other artificial materials like fiberglass.
Although ants usually do not deliberately destroy the wood structure where they have invaded, they can cause considerable damage inadvertently. When left untreated, carpenter ants can cause significant structural damage to your home and can lead to hefty home repair bills. Signs of infestation would include sawdust being left near the source of infestation. Our ant control Toronto experts will inspect all of these elements when assessing the problem.
Pavement ants are quite industrious and like to make tidy little piles of sand around the base of your home. Pharaoh ants are less obvious, but once they rear their ugly heads they’re hard to get rid of.
Problems with having an ant infestation
The major threat from carpenter ants is that they will continuously bore through moist wood within your home causing possibly hundreds if not thousands of dollars in damage if not treated properly.
The inconvenience of having pavement ants around the home ruins the pest free environment that you desire. Truly an unwanted guest, the ant control process is more complex than putting down a few traps or spraying the outside of your home with chemicals. Ant nests can be home to thousands of individual ants, making the need for professional ant control help apparent.
Ants are ants, right? Any ant infestation poses a risk to your home and anyone that resides in that home.
Pharaoh ants are especially hard to control, which is why most homeowners and businesses need professional pest control in Toronto to eliminate them. Pharaoh ants are real evaders. In fact, they can evade most bait treatments, and even if they go to the bait, they are typically resilient to it.
As the infestation continues to grow, it threatens your home or office’s structural integrity and sanitation.
How to remove ants from your home
Common DIY methods (and why they are ineffective)
The DIY approach is great when you’re building a new deck or painting a bookcase, but when it comes to pest control, do-it-yourself methods may only work partially, allowing the ants to come marching back into your life.
Some common DIY methods you may come across include:
Cinnamon – Cinnamon has been proven to be somewhat effective at repelling ants, but it takes a lot of concentrated oil for it to really work, and it’s not effective for large nests.
Vinegar – Vinegar helps deter ants from coming in, but it won’t help if you already have an infestation.
Chalk – Supposedly, drawing a chalk line will keep ants from crossing, but it really doesn’t work. Ants will find a way to food.
Why call a professional exterminator
Home remedies can only go so far, and if you have a serious infestation you’ll need to call a professional. Professional exterminators know how ants behave and what they like best, which makes them experts at ant removal.
Ants can make themselves at home in a variety of locations. They can get into the walls, baseboards, and foundation, and some species of ants like eaves and windows as well. Before a technician makes any recommendations regarding treatment, the tech will conduct a thorough inspection of the property to find the source of your ant problem. Besides treatment, the inspection is the other key component to solving the issue.
The actual course of treatment will vary depending on the type of ant, the severity of the infestation, and the location of the problem. Every situation is unique, and we create treatments to match. For long term ant control and ant removal, it may require some changes to your environment (better food storage, repairing leaks) in addition to insecticide treatment.
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How to prevent ants from infesting your home or returning after treatment
What Power Pest Control Does
Power Pest Control will first provide a free estimate over the phone, then inspect to property for the source of the problem. Once we determine what the problem is and what type of ant we’re dealing with, our technicians will use a variety of techniques to eliminate the problem. Every situation is different, and every problem has a slightly different solution. When you contact us, we can discuss your options fully.
What Homeowners Can Do
Ants are attracted to food sources; therefore, to prevent them from returning, the area must be kept clean. Garbage disposals, for example, should be thoroughly cleaned. Rotting food inside the disposal attracts ants, so pouring bleach and cleaning the drain every few days may deter them.
Some natural and organic repellents may keep them from returning to the structure, such as:
- Cloves: Ants do not like the smell of cloves. Crushing them and adding them to crevices could deter ants from entering.
- Bay Leaves: Bay leaves are thin and easy to slip into crevices, and Pharaoh ants do not appreciate their scent.
- White Vinegar: Once diluted, white vinegar repels ants. It is a good way to clean floors and spills, naturally deterring ants at the same time.
Regular pest control in Toronto can also help prevent ants from re-establishing their colony.
Carpenter, Pavement, and Pharaoh ants are three of the most common pests in Southern Ontario, and the methods our ant exterminators use will depend on the nest size, species of ant, and location of the nest.
Size: 0.6cm to 2.5cm; worker ants are normally between 6 and 12mm (one quarter to one-half inch). However, the queen ant can be up to 25 mm or one inch in size.
Colour: This also varies, but most carpenter ants are either black or brown with a tinge of red. Carpenter ants have large mandibles with an evenly rounded thorax.
For many people, all ants can seem the same, but carpenter ants are a specific species and it is worth knowing the difference. They eat a lot of common pests, and they can help in the decomposition of wood in nature by exposing damp areas to fungi and other insects. Their name comes from their efforts at excavating areas inside wood. Unfortunately, this is a problem when they are not excavating a tree in the forest, but are instead attacking the lumber in your house. This is when they become a pest. Carpenter ants can be found in your walls, doors, and insulation.
Like most ants, carpenters live in large colonies, made up of a group of ants. Each ant has a specific role in the colony, which may range from the queen to reproductive adults, workers, and larvae. In fact, some carpenter ants can also fly. Reproductive adults can have wings, and these ants (alates) fly away from the colony in the spring and early summer. Many people have seen these ants flying to mate, and it is a good indicator that you may have a problem with carpenter ants in the future. In their natural environment outdoors, carpenter ants seek out moist, rotting roots like dead tree stumps.
One of the main threats that come with a carpenter ant infestation is the speed with which they can reproduce. In each colony, a queen will lay 20 to 30 eggs, which they will feed and care for.
Be careful, because these eggs can eventually hatch into worker ants who care for the queen and build the colony over the summer.
These workers help take care of the queen and the eggs and larvae.
However, over time, the ants specialize. The colony is growing, and as it matures, major workers will develop. These ants are much larger and use their powerful mandibles to defend the colony. This phase of maturation and growth can take between three and six years. The number of ants also grows and can reach 3,000 or more. Of these, there may be 400 flying ants whose job it is to leave the nest and mate or help establish other colonies in the spring and fall.
During this foraging, the ants can invade buildings and homes. In colder months, they may enter a dormancy period, or diapause, if the hive is outside or near an external wall. So, if you notice carpenter ant activity in the winter, it is likely that a nest is located inside your home or in a warm location. Although the ants may be dormant, the cold will not usually kill them, as they are capable of secreting a substance in their blood that is similar to antifreeze.
Although carpenter ants love wood, they don’t actually eat it. Instead, they chew it into something similar to sawdust, called frass. Instead, the ants eat plants and other insects. They may also feed on human food if it is available to them. This is similar to other ants that also nest in rotting wood like the thief ant and little black ant.
Size: The workers are 1.5 to 2 millimetres, while queens get as large as 4 millimetres.
Colour: Pharaoh ants are yellow to light brown in colour. Their abdomen is darker and almost looks translucent.
Pharaoh ants are tropical, per Wikipedia, but they thrive in buildings if heating is present. One pharaoh queen could lay hundreds of eggs during her lifespan. In fact, she lays approximately 10 to 12 eggs per batch, and those eggs hatch in a week or less. It only takes an ant 38 to 45 days to reach sexual maturity, and then that ant can help reproduce. If it is a heated environment, those insects will continue to breed year-round.
Pharaoh ants are common indoor pests in Toronto. Due to their size, they can go unnoticed until a problematic infestation occurs.
In fact, worker ants are only two millimetres long, and they gladly make their nest in Canadian homes.
If you think you have a Pharaoh ant infestation, you will want to contact the best pest control in Toronto, because these ants are not as easy to eradicate as others.
Pharaoh ant colonies will develop quickly in your home.
Once they find a warm, comfortable environment, they set up shop and start reproducing.
Queens will be in numerous nests, laying 10 to 12 eggs per batch.
The average queen lasts up to 12 months, breeding throughout her lifespan.
Compared to other household pests, Pharaoh ants are intuitive.
Their natural instincts direct them away from threats, and colonies fracture to build new settlements in safe locations.
When a queen notices a toxic substance in the area, she will pick up and leave the nest taking her adult worker ants with her. They will establish a new colony and nest elsewhere, and then continue to breed. This allows the colony to expand even faster, and avoid popular bait at the same time.
Size: 0.25 cm to .4cm long
Colour: dark brown to black
Pavement ants are the little ants that make those sand pyramids around buildings. Each and every ant has a specific task, and that is to serve the queen of the nest. However, some of those workers get lost and find ways of entering the home like around unsealed cracks around windows and doors.
These ants are actually native to Europe and are now common in North America. In the spring, colonies start to spread and expand their territory, and this can lead to some massive ant battles that result in dead ants on the pavement. In the summer, pavement ants will start to vent their nests and leave their trademark sand piles.
In terms of behavior, these ants are a little more mysterious than other species. We don’t know everything about them, but we do know that they like sugars, and other things like grease, insects, and seeds have been found in their nests, meaning they seem to like a little bit of everything.
Pavement ants, like their name suggests, like to live underneath paved areas, and they take advantage of any cracks in the pavement to provide some relief from the summer heat. Try to avoid piling wood, vegetation, or stones near the foundation of the house, as it will encourage pavement ants to start moving into the house.
FAQs about ants
Q: How can I get rid of ants in the kitchen?
A: There are a few things involved in this question. First, we need to know what species of ant is in your home. Some ants respond differently to various treatments. Call an exterminator, who can find the source of the colony and treat the root of the problem.
Q: How do ants get in?
A: Ants are in constant search of food and water, and if your property is located close enough to another colony, you could be at risk of getting your own infestation. Avoid creating inviting spaces for ants, which includes easy access to food and water. Cracks in siding or the foundation can also become an easy way in.
Q: Are ants dangerous?
A: Sometimes. Ants can occasionally carry diseases like salmonella. In addition, simply having ants in your space can just feel unsettling and, well, icky.
Q: How much does ant control cost?
A: It varies. We offer 6-month and full year services, and the price will vary depending on property size and the severity of the situation.
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Contact the Best Pest Control in Toronto
If you need an ant exterminator in Toronto, or you have another pest concern, the team at Power Pest Control, Inc. can help. We offer our Single Pest Program, Complete Protection Plan, and the Backyard Invaders to tackle all types of pests.
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Contact us today to see which plan works best for your problem at 647-708-7378 or contact us online with your pest concerns.