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Carpenter Ants, Pharaoh ants and Ant control, OH MY!

Types of ants in Ontario ant removal

There are many types of ants in Ontario but the species most common are pharaoh ants and carpenter ants. When dealing with these two species, ant control can be difficult. In order to dispatch these enemies it’s best to get to know them and understand their behaviour.

Carpenter Ants

As we discussed in an earlier blog, identifying carpenter ants can be tricky, but is much easier if you know what to look for. Most carpenter ants are between 1 and 2.5 cm long and red or black in colour. They are the most common type of ants in Ontario. Carpenter ants prefer damp decaying wood to build their nests. They burrow in the wood but they don’t eat it like termites. Carpenter ants will leave little traces of sawdust by their nests so they’re easier to spot.

As you can imagine, this causes damage to your house.

The best type of ant removal treatment to stop carpenter ants is prevention. Don’t let firewood or other wood in or near your home get damp. Remove wet or decaying wood if possible. Carpenter ants are often found under carpets, as well, so inspect moist areas where flooding is common. Master your sleuthing skills by using a wine glass or stethoscope at nighttime, when the ants are most active, to listen for them in the walls. It sounds like a dry rustling.

The best way to kill ants is to use bait that is boric acid based or call a professional if it’s a severe problem. For carpenter ants you can find their colonies by listening and then placing traps close by which makes the traps more effective.

Pharaoh Ants

These ants got their name from the belief they were one of the insect plagues of Ancient Egypt and if you have them in your home, you’ll understand. They are only 2mm long and are common in office buildings, apartments and hospitals. They have a light brownish or yellowish colour so it can difficult to spot them. Ant control for this species is more complicated because the colonies can contain 1000 to 2500 ants.

There are many types of ant removal treatments for pharaoh ants, but the best way to get rid of them is to use a boric acid based bait. However if that’s not enough, you may need to call in professionals such as Magical Pest Control’s ant removal division. Ant removal by displacement isn’t suggested because it doesn’t stop the problem, it simply moves it from one location to another. With the large size of the nest, they’ll be back. In order to kill ants you need to know where their nest is for the trap to be effective. For pharaoh ants, which are attracted to proteins and sweets, the kitchen is often the place to look.

If you find yourself losing the battle between ants vs. you then call Magical Pest Control’s ant removal division at (905) 738-6676 or fill out our contact form. We will happily provide a professional inspection

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