Are carpenter ants taking over Toronto??
We have recently been completely inundated with calls for ant control in local Toronto homes. Most customers complain of large black ants, some with wings running rampant throughout the house!
What are these ants with wings or flying ants?
The winged ants, most people confuse with queens. However this is not the case. These are the reproductive males and only have one purpose in life, to mate. If your seeing them in your house in late spring or early summer, then chances are, you have a colony.
What can I do about carpenter ants?
Ant control in Toronto or any other city in Canada should be done professionally and involve an integrated pest management protocol. That’s what we mean by IPM.
Advantage pest control employs this technique in our program and it is essentially what separates us from most of our competitors. We are always looking for new ways to integrate new products with our licensed and seasoned technicians. Baits are a good example of new technologies we constantly add to our ipm program.
Contact Paolo Bossio, carpenter ant specialist, for information on carpenter ants and what your ant control program would consist of!
Ants Toronto – Toronto Office
Ants have been at increased levels all over the city of Toronto as we have mentioned in previous posts, this is most probably a direct result of the ice storm we experienced this winter which caused a large number of trees to have to be removed which would disturb the natural habitat of carpenter ants. In addition the storm caused a large amount of damage to homes which in some cases was not able to be quickly repaired. This may have allowed moisture inside these areas. Carpenter ants are attracted to moisture areas and damaged wood to make their nests inside. Today our carpenter ant specialists are servicing Toronto, Scarborough and Etobicoke.
At various locations in the Annex (in Toronto), we have recieved service calls for carpenter ants and pharaoh ants. A number of customers are recieving integrated pest management treatments for ants which include interior and
exterior treatments using a combination of bait and spray. This is often a very common treatment as the bait attacks the colony at its heart, the queen and the residual of the spray takes care of any of the stragglers.
Scarborough has been experiencing an increase in pavement ants. The first weeks in June are often the time when homeowners first open their pools for the year or have their first pool party. Patios and pool decks, especially
those with interlocking brick can be vulnerable to pavement ants. Look for a case study of a call for a pavement ants in Scarborough tomorrow.
Etobicoke has many parks and wooded areas including Centennial Park where trees can foster large carpenter ant colonies. This area would also have been largely affected by the ice storm driving these colonies to create satelite
colonies inside the homes of the residents of Etobicoke.
For any ant control concerns including carpenter ants, pavement ants and pharaoh ants please call one of our ant specialists at 416-840-4040. Or visit our Ant Control Services.
Yesterday, our ant specialists were dispatched to a call in Pickering for pavement ants. Upon arrival, they discovered over 20 small colonies had spread out over the patio. Pavement ants are little black ants which nest can nest inside cracks in interlocking brick and concrete. Primarily they are found in patios, walkways, driveways and foundation cracks. An exterior bait service was provided using multiple baits. Ant bait works by attracting foraging ants who bring the bait back to the queen, eventually killing her and the rest of the colony.
Ant Control in Richmond Hill
We received a call last week from a customer in Richmond Hill who reported having black ants with wings on her window sill. These were identified as carpenter ants. Carpenter ants’ reproductive forms (both male and female) have wings and are often referred to as flying ants. This is indicative of a colony of carpenter ants attempting to make a satellite colony. Once mating has occurred between the male and female, the queen will find a new place to start her colony.
Richmond Hill (as well as Markham and Pickering) is an area just north of Toronto which is experiencing an increase in carpenter ant infestations. There has been a significant increase in the ant control calls we have received for the area. Ant control services are available to the entire Greater Toronto Area including Richmond Hill. Feel free to give one of our ant specialists a call at 416-840-4040 or for any other pest control service inquiries.
Recently we were featured in the Toronto Sun in an article about how to prevent carpenter ants.
You can view the article here
The article outlines where typical carpenter ant nests are located: moist, decaying and dead wood which can be found in decks, porches, door frames and window frames.
The article also informs homeowners about what to look for, for carpenter ant identification. The main symptom is usually tiny pines of sawdust. For more information about preventing carpenter ants.
We have seen an increase in carpenter ants this season in areas such as Richmond Hill, Markham, Pickering as well as within the Toronto area.
Ants. Ants. And more ants.
Our number one call this season from customers is for ants. 85% of those calls are about carpenter ants. In Pickering, Richmond Hill, Mississauga and Markham, customers are findind carpenter ants nesting inside their houses. We have noticed an increase in all of the major areas of Toronto. Why? Why are there so many more carpenter ants this year, compared to years passed?
Remember that ice storm this winter? That storm downed a lot of trees. These trees that were removed would have been the natural home for carpenter ants. They love wood, especially wet or decaying wood. When their natural nesting areas are removed, carpenter ants begin to look for homes in other places. Areas that are especially prone to carpenter ants include areas that have many ravines, and wooded areas including Aurora, Markham, Mississauga, Oshawa, Pickering, Scarborough, Richmond Hill, Vaughan,and Whitby.
Carpenter ants are attracted to moisture areas. This can include kitchens, bathrooms, basements and any area that may have water damage. These are prime spots for carpenter ants to make their colonies.
Because they are a noctural pest, carpenter ants like to make their nests behind the walls where it is dark. Further complicating matters is that fact that only 10% of the nest ever ventures outside the nest. Which means any ant that the homeowner sees in their kitchen or bathroom, has 10 sister waiting back in the nest. This means that there is rarely only “one ant” in a home and for elimination of carpenter ants, a indepth integrated pest management program is needed.
To find out about our services check out Ant Elimination Services or give one of our carpenter ant specialists a call at 416-840-4040. We’d be happy to help you.
For more information about carpenter ants please visit Carpenter Ants Toronto
Pavement Ants Inside The Home?
Last week we received a call from a customer in Pickering regarding pavement ants. Very often pavement ants are found on the exterior of the home. They prefer pavement, and interlocking brick which makes them a prime pest for patios and driveways. However in this case, pavement ants were found on the interior of the home which indicates a satellite colony has taken up residence inside the home.
On the interior of the home, our technician found a hole in a brick in the fireplace mantle. This seemed to be an area of high activity and it is suspected that a pavement ant colony was nearby. The area was treated with a combination bait treatment using gel (Drax) and granular (advance) ant baits. Activity was seen within 3 minutes of placing bait station. Bait works through ingestion, these foraging ants will take the bait back to the queen. Once the queen has been killed, the rest of the colony will follow, at which point the elimination will be complete.
Carpenter Ants in Richmond Hill
Recently one of our technicians was dispatched to a carpenter ant elimination job in Richmond Hill. The customer had called in with an ant problem and spoken with one of our carpenter ant specialists. The customer had seen activity both inside the home and on the exterior. Our specialists recommended a combination treatment of bait and spray to eliminate the ants.
Upon arrival, the technician treated the exterior including the wooden deck area. Wooden structures, especially those connecting the house to the soil are very susceptible to carpenter ant infestation. These areas should be of primary concern for any carpenter ant elimination.
Inside the home, the primary area of activity was in the children’s play room. This area was treated with both granular (Niban) and gel (Drax) bait by our carpenter ant specialists. What followed was an immediate response to the bait. Within a few minutes the carpenter ants were crawling all over the beams and the stations (with the bait inside). Bait works as a food attractant and ants, especially carpenter ants, respond well to this type of treatment.
The rest of the interior of the home was also treated with the combination treatment. This is done to ensure all carpenter ant nests will be eliminated. Sometimes there are more than one colony inside a home, therefore we rarely recommend a spot treatment.
For more information about our carpenter ant treatments visit Carpenter Ants Toronto or call our carpenter ant specialist at 416-840-4040 in the Greater Toronto Area, 905-887-8559 in Richmond Hill or Toll-Free at 1-877-504-2847.
This has been an exceptionally busy carpenter ant season. Harsh winter conditions, polar vortexes and ice storms all contributed to what has been Advantage Pest Control’s busiest carpenter ants season in over 10 years.
Carpenter ants are a wood destroying insect that harbour in many of Toronto’s mature trees. When points of harbourage are disturbed they send this social insect into a frenzy to find new points to nest. Thus making your home a cornucopia of wood and moisture that they thrive in all year round!
What can you do?
If you see black ants inside your home this time of year, it usually means there is a social colony either nesting in your home or looking for ideal pieces of wood to infest. Once infested, they create channels throughout the wood. Thus compromising sometimes integral structural points in your home.
Protect your home and call your local pest control specialist for a free quote today.
CEO Advantage Pest Control
Here at Advantage Pest Control, we have been recieving an influx of calls from customers for Carpenter Ants. Right now, in the spring, is when carpenter ants send out reproductive ants to attempt to start new colonies. The ice storm a few months ago, left many trees damaged or removed which limitted the areas where carpenter ants naturally live. These colonies have been attempting to relocate inside houses. Continue reading