carpenter ants toronto

There are a lot of different kinds of ants in this world. Go ahead, take a guess how many. Five? Seven? Maybe Ten? You’re wrong, and you’re way off. Scientists estimate that there are a total of 22,000 different species of ant.

And those species really like to breed. You think humans are bad, oh buddy, wait until you hear what ants get up to. There are so many ants that they’re not measured by the ant. They’re measured by the total percentage of earth’s biomass. And right now, ants are estimated at between 15% and 25% of the earth’s terrestrial animal biomass. Got all that?

So, it’s no wonder that your driveway always seems to be crawling with them. And it’s no wonder that your window sill also seems to have ants on it as well.

But wait, are they the same? Don’t be too hasty, ant fan. It turns out that they’re not. Which means that you have to treat them differently if you’re trying to get rid of an infestation.

The Toronto ant control needs in your driveway are likely caused by pavement ants and the ones on the sill are likely carpenter ants. Here’s the difference.


  • Carpenter ant: These are some of the largest of all ants. They can measure between 6 and 12 mm in length – or larger. The winged males can actually get up to 18 mm and queens can reach 20 mm. Shocking!
  • Pavement ant: These are more of the typical ant size. They’re normally about 2.5-4 mm long., although the reproductive members can be twice that.


  • Carpenter ant: Ants generally can vary widely in color. Carpenter ants are normally black, brown, red, or yellow. It’s just not consistent because there are so many sub-species of carpenter ant. Remember that 22,000 figure we mentioned?
  • Pavement ant: Normally they’re brown or black.

Where they live:

  • Carpenter ant: Because carpenter ants deal in wood, that’s where they tend to live. They want moist wood structures. Decaying wood in the forest, or inside your windows, doors, chimneys, and walls are perfect for them.
  • Pavement ant: The name says it all. These guys tend to live under sidewalks or pavement. They can invade your home though, by traveling through cracks in the foundation. If you’re walking on the sidewalk and see little sand piles on the cracks in the sidewalk, those are most likely pavement ants.

What they eat:

  • Carpenter ant: You might think the carpenter ant would eat wood, but they don’t. They just live in wood. It’s their canvas, their raison d’etre, if you will. They remove it and live in it, but they prefer to eat other insects, fruit, and other sugary food.
  • Pavement ant: In this case, the pavement ant isn’t too different from their carpenter ant brothers. They also eat other insects, fruit, and sugar. Pavement ants will also eat greasy food and human kitchen waste. Talk about tasty!

Remember, both carpenter ants and pavement ants can be a big problem. If you need ant control in Toronto, call us now at 647-708-7378 or get in touch online. We deliver fast, effective service and we’ll be there in two shakes of a stick!