carpenter ants richmond hill
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
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.