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