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The Different Types of Ants in Ontario

There are several different types of ants in Ontario. How do you know which type of ant you’re dealing with and how to treat them?

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Here’s a quick guide to the different types of ants most commonly found in Ontario:

Carpenter Ants

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These ants are large (5-13mm) and black. Carpenter ants often appear in areas with damp or rotting wood. For instance, they love tree stumps, sawdust piles, and parts of your home that are built with wood. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t eat wood, however; they merely burrow into it to build their nests. They’re drawn to sugary foods, though they will eat proteins, like most ants.

Pharaoh Ants

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Pharaoh ants are small and often golden in colour. Pharaoh ants are usually between 1-2mm and distinguished from other ants in Ontario by their light colour. These ants are drawn to protein and grease, so make sure to keep your kitchen clean to avoid them! They like to make their nests in places such as baseboards and countertops, and prefer warmer climates, due to their tropical origins.

Pavement Ants

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Pavement ants are dark and about 5-10mm in length. Their legs are usually a lighter colour than their bodies. As their name suggests, these are the kind of ants that build their ant hints in the cracks in pavement, such as in driveways or sidewalks.

Fire Ants

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Fire ants are not common in Ontario, however they have sprung up in various pockets around the province. They are not native to Canadian climates. They have been brought back to Canada by travellers and pest control experts are doing their best to keep the situation contained. So while it’s possible to find fire ants in Ontario, they are not particularly common or likely. To distinguish fire ants from other ants, check for their distinct copper head. These types of ants are more dangerous than other ants – they have a stinging bite – so if you find them in your yard or home, call a pest control company.

If you’re deal with a stubborn ant problem that is getting out of control, trusted Toronto pest control company Magical Pest Control is here to help. Call us at (905) 738-6676 for friendly and efficient service. We’ll help you get rid of ants with our targeted ant treatments designed for all types of ants.

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