A brother from another mother. Siss from another miss. A bro fo no mo (full disclosure: this one we don’t really get).
No matter how you refer to someone close-but-unrelated to you, these clichés have never been used to describe the relationship between ants and humans. Read More
While you’re spending your Sunday afternoon at home in your onesie, indulging in your favorite snacks and binge watching a TV-series on Netflix, you’re not alone, my friend.
When you think of the prototypical ant anatomy, it’s a pretty standard appearance – dark coloured, small, crawly, with a proclivity for ruining picnics.
Before buying or moving into a new home, performing a home inspection is always a smart move. You’re entitled to at least one or two pre-move in, and it’s recommended to take advantage of that right.
You’d think it’d be the perfect solution to finally get rid of ants.
Surely those little pests couldn’t survive a torrential downpour of water, their inability to swim sending them to their watery graves, right?
Unwelcomed neighbours can be the worst. They’re always lingering around your home uninvited, bringing their family over who you despise just as much, and nibbling at the sweets in your pantry.
We’re talking about ant neighbours of course, those little squatters that’ve set up rent-free condos (ant hills) and built up a community all over your property.
We’ve enjoyed an atypically warm winter this year in Canada. But we’re not the only ones taking advantage of the early, spring-like weather.
Ants – particularly the scum-of-all-pests, carpenter ants – are already popping up! They’ve been spotted as early as last month thanks to our oddly balmy February. The ants think its already spring, and have started swarming early.
It feels like April to them, so it’s April for us, too. And that means keeping those ant infestations at bay. Here are some ant removal tips we recommend for keeping the ants out of your house, and if they’re already inside, getting rid of ants too.
If you’re trying to get rid of ants in or around your home, it may seem like there’s a never-ending parade of the little critters. Just when you think you’ve controlled them, they come back again. Determined to eliminate ants, you inspect your property. You may find they’ve taken over large sections of your lawn with sprawling ant hills. You might find them under stones or piles of wood and in pavement cracks. You’re mind is abuzz with questions. Are all these ant hills connected? How big is this ant colony? Could this be more than one ant colony? There must be zillions of them.
Zillions is probably not a very scientific estimate. So just how big is an ant colony? It depends on a number of things, including what type of ants you have. With over 12,000 different species of ants in the world and their many methods of building their colonies, there is no simple answer.
Let’s look at three common ant colony types found in Canada:
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Five Ant Control Myths
Did I hear an echo saying, “Where are these ants coming from?” Everyone seems to be asking the same question: Why do I have ants in the winter?
I found them just inside my kitchen door last week and wondered what attracts ants in my house. I keep it very clean. Shouldn’t they all be hibernating or something? I had to find a way to get rid of ants in my house or I was going to go crazy!
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The DON’Ts of Ant Removal
You open your kitchen cupboard and—ugh!—you see ants everywhere. Literally a marching carpet swarming the sugar, the cupboard walls, even the corners. But where are they coming from? For weeks you’ve noticed a large number of stray ants crossing along baseboards or the floor—invisible pheromone trails lain to attract other ants to a food source. Cleaning these problem areas with vinegar and water seemed to work, but you never guessed you actually had an ant infestation problem. How can you eliminate ants once and for all, safely?
The good news is you can reclaim your home without dangerous chemicals that risk harming you, your family, or beloved pets. In fact there are several effective, environmentally (and home) friendly ways not just to kill ants and eliminate a whole nest—but to deter ants from entering your home.