Ants Toronto

A Division of Advantage Pest Control Inc.

Ant Exterimators

We provide ant extermination services for the entire Greater Toronto Area including Brampton, Markham, Mississauga, New Market, Oakville, Oshawa, Pickering, Richmond Hill and Vaughan.

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Ant Services

  • Integrated Pest Management Programs
  • Home Protection Plan
  • Residential Homes
  • Commercial Locations
  • Industrial Properties
  • Indoor Treatments
  • Outdoor Treatments


Ant Species and Treatments

Ants are found worldwide with the exception of Antarctica. They are very adaptive pests found in almost every habitat around the globe including forested areas, grasslands and urban environments. Within these environments they can be found in structural, residential, commercial, industrial, garden and park locations. In North America there are 21 different types of ant species that are found.

This list can be divided into three types of species based on their preference of habitats: indoor nesting, ornamental, sidewalk species, structural species, and lawn species.

 

INDOOR NESTING SPECIES

Indoor nesting ants can be found inside homes, businesses and other structures. This affords them protection for their nests and often provides an abundance of food opportunities. These species include the thief ant, the Pharaoh ant, the odorous house ant, the crazy ant, the ghost ant, the white-footed ant, the Argentine ant and the velvety tree ant. Primarily in Toronto, the most common indoor nesting ants are the pharaoh ant. Indoor nesting ants are very small and have multiple satellite colonies. A satellite colony is a colony that has split off from a main colony usually located on the outside. To exclude these pests from homes and other structures foundational and exterior walls should be filled and sealed. Remove all debris from the exterior perimeter of the house or other structure. This will reduce the likelihood of a main colony finding its way indoors and thus creating satellite colonies. Indoor nesting ants are attracted to carbohydrate-based or sweet-tasting baits (except for the thief ant who prefers protein-based bait). Baits are paramount to achieving control of infestations of these species.

 

ORNAMENTAL SPECIES

These are species that are usually find themselves on ornamental plants or on parts of the landscape. These species include the leafcutter ant, the crazy ant, the odorous house ant, the Argentine ant, the false honey ant, the ghost ant, the white-footed ant and the pavement ant. Of these the only the leafcutter ant actually causes any damage to the plants. To prevent these species, limit the depth of mulch to 2 inches. This will limit the available sites for nesting. Mulch should also be placed at least 1 food away from the foundation or exterior walls to discourage any of these species from relocating to an indoor location.  In addition minimizing firewood, or other debris will also minimize nesting sites. All of these species use bait as the preferred method of treatment. In Toronto, the only species prevalent in this set is the pavement ant.

 

SIDEWALK SPECIES

These are species that can be found either under sidewalks or concrete slabs. These species include the bigheaded ant, the odorous house ant, the cornfield ant, the Argentine ant, the fire ant, and the pavement ant. These species often invade houses and other structures through the cracks in foundational and exterior walls. This occurs both in the search for food and when heavy rains drive colonies indoors. Often mating swarms also will come out of foundational cracks. These species like to nest around stones, so minimizing stones and making sure they are far away from all structures is one of the best preventative measures. These species can be controlled with both baits (preferred) and sprays. In Toronto, the prevalent species are the fire and the pavement ant.

 

STRUCTURAL SPECIES

These are species which choose to nest within structures and can cause damage especially to wood and wood products. These species include the acrobat ant, the carpenter ant, the velvety tree ant, and the little black ant. In Toronto, the only prevalent species is the carpenter ant. These species are more prevalent when there is moisture damage or leakage. These species should be treated with spray or a combination of bait and spray. There are several things that homeowners can do to prevent infestations of structural species of ants. This includes replacing any rotten or water damaged wood. All leaks should be fixed as quickly as possible. Trees and bushes should be trimmed so that they are not touching structures to their roofs. Mulch should never be more than 2 inches deep and should be at least 1 foot away from the perimeter of the foundational walls. Minimize firewood and lumber storage and make sure it is placed away from the structure.

 

LAWN SPECIES

These are species which choose to nest within structures and can cause damage especially to wood and wood products. These species include the acrobat ant, the carpenter ant, the velvety tree ant, and the little black ant. In Toronto, the only prevalent species is the carpenter ant. These species are more prevalent when there is moisture damage or leakage. These species should be treated with spray or a combination of bait and spray. There are several things that homeowners can do to prevent infestations of structural species of ants. This includes replacing any rotten or water damaged wood. All leaks should be fixed as quickly as possible. Trees and bushes should be trimmed so that they are not touching structures to their roofs. Mulch should never be more than 2 inches deep and should be at least 1 foot away from the perimeter of the foundational walls. Minimize firewood and lumber storage and make sure it is placed away from the structure.

 

This concludes our examination of the types of ants that permeate North America. In Toronto, the primary species that are prevalent are carpenter ants, pharaoh ants and pavement ants. We specialize in ant elimination and ant prevention.

 

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Types of Ants

  • Acrobat ants (Crematogaster spp.)
  • Allegheny mound ant (Formica exsectoides)
  • Argentine ant (Linepithema humimle)
  • Big Headed ant (Pheidol spp.)
  • Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus)
  • Citronella ants (Lasius or Acanthomyops spp.)
  • Crazy ant (Partrechina longicornis)
  • Cornfield ants (Lasius spp.)
  • False honey ant (Prenolepis impairs)
  • Field ants (Formica spp.)
  • Fire ants (Solenopsis spp.)
  • Ghost ant (Tapinoma melanocephalum)
  • Harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex spp.)
  • Leafcutter ants (Atta spp.)
  • Little black ant (Monomorium minimum)
  • Odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile)
  • Pavement ant (Tetramorium caespitum)
  • Pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharonis)
  • Theif ant (Solenopsis molesta)
  • Velvety tree ant (Liometopum occidentale)
  • White footed ant (Technormyrmex albipes)