How to Stop Ants from Coming Inside

Did you know ants outnumber humans 140,000:1? However, that shouldn’t be a ticket to get into your home. Spring and summer time welcome change for just about anyone. The weather starts getting a little warmer, the environment gets greener, and we can enjoy outdoor activities more often.

A downside to this wonderful time of the year is that it brings back a ton of pest control problems for property owners. One of the most annoying pests during this time of the year is the ant. During late spring or early summer, ants begin making their mounds and scouting for food. If you are not careful, they will begin taking up residence in your home.

Fortunately, there is something you could do. It’s a lot of easier preventing ants than getting rid of them in your home. We have made an easy guide you can follow or just call our ant control Toronto services: 647-933-5346

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Ants in The Basement in Winter

Large ants, carpenter ants

Normally, ants will forage for food during the warmer, and later slow down and disappear completely during the cold months. Ants behave like this because they are cold-blooded creatures. An ant’s body temperature is like that of air, liquid and the soil around it. If the weather in the ant’s location gets too cold, the ant will die. Therefore, during the months of winter, ants seal up their nests and wait for the weather to warm up. A process called diapause. If you have spotted ants in your basement during winter, chances are, you have an ant nest in your basement.

Ants never establish themselves around human-made structures. They like their nests build underground. Therefore, unless your house has an incomplete basement of a crawl space, ants are not going to be an issue for you during the winter season. (more…)

Are All Large Black Ants Carpenter Ants?

Are All Large Black Ants Carpenter Ants?

The presence of big black ants in your kitchen might indicate a carpenter ant infestation. For most property owners this isn’t good news since carpenter ants can eat through your house causing significant damage if not handled on time.

Most people will confuse any black ant they see with a carpenter ant, which is bound to bring instant panic — however, it’s important to note that not all big black ants are carpenter ants. To better understand carpenter ants are, you will need to tell them apart from other species. Luckily for you, we have listed a few pointers. (more…)

Seeing Ants Coming from Behind Dishwasher

Seeing Ants Coming from Behind Dishwasher

Ants can strike at any time. And while it might be a little distressing to find ants crawling around your kitchen, it’s a total nightmare to find the swarming in your dishwasher. If you can see ants coming out of your dishwasher, there is no doubt that you have an ant infestation. While it might seem unconventional to find ants in your dishwasher, there might be a couple of reasons why they found it suitable.

Your dishwasher offers ants a steady supply of food. Anytime you use your dishwasher without full rinse; ants get a meal. You might not use your dishwasher daily either, meaning the mess stays in the appliance for much longer.

The dishwasher is not fully sealed. If you fail to clean your dishwasher regularly, nearby ants will soon pick up the scent. There are several ways into a dishwasher, making it an easy target for ants to get into your house. (more…)

What to Do with Ants Under Kitchen Sink

What to Do with Ants Under Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen sink might be the last place you’d ever expect to find ants, but your plumbing areas are one of the most enticing places to pests. Food and grease buildup in your drains and ants are attracted to this steady supply of food. If by any chance ants set up their colony in or near your home, providing easy access to plumbing, your pipes will be a regular hangout for these critters. The best way to get rid of ants in your plumbing is by cleaning your drains and making sure attractive conditions are removed and call our Ant Control Toronto service.

Ants are not the easiest pests to get rid of; this is because they have the capability of slipping off through small holes and cracks; we can’t access. Fortunately for you, ant infestations are problems that can be solved in a few steps. (more…)

Ant Infestation in Bathroom

Ant Infestation in Bathroom

Ants just like any other pest can be very frustrating to get rid of, and especially when they invade the inside of your home. In case you have an ant problem in your bathroom, it might seem like a tough problem to resolve since it will be very difficult to determine the location of their nest. While pesticides are a sure way to eliminate their infestation, over the counter solutions are not very effective against the full-blown infestation.

It’s not uncommon for carpenter ants to invade your bathroom, this is because they are attracted to rotting wood, scents, and chemical odours from drains or in your home plumbing system. If your plumbing drain has a leak or has not been used for some time with stagnant water, it could be a contributing factor to your infestation. (more…)

Signs of Carpenter Ants in the House

Signs of Carpenter Ants in the House

Did you know there are about 1000 species of ants in Canada? Believe it or not, but ants are perhaps some of the most bothersome pests in the country. If you noticed swarms of ants in an old tree or bush pile in your homes or wood dust and collection of wings near your window or wooden doors, then you might be dealing with a carpenter ant infestation.

Carpenter ants are a common pest in Canada. Decaying, damp or damaged wood, whether inside in furniture or building material or outside in trees, provides the perfect place for carpenter ants to set up a colony. Unlike termites, the carpenter ants will not feed on the wood. Instead, they will tunnel through its creating chambers and routes to connect the nest to food sources. (more…)

How to Ant Proof Electrical Outlets

How to Ant Proof Electrical Outlets

Ants crawling out of an electrical line might seem like something straight out of a horror movie. When ants create a nest in your electrical outlets in your home, the danger of a potential fire or short-circuiting is real. Having an electrical short circuit could lead to a fire. What’s more worrying is that this kind of infestation can happen even if your electricals are clean and seal-off from the outdoors.

Ants need the smallest of cracks to get access into your house. When they finally get access and establish a nest or get some source of food and moisture, they could multiply in a very short time. (more…)

How to Get Rid of Ants in the Yard

How to Get Rid of Ants in the Yard

Ants are not considered dangerous pests, but they can still pose serious health as well as cosmetic damage to our exterior property including, garden, lawns and shed. If there is anything you need to know about defeating an insect infestation in your home, it is that most of the efforts will be useless unless you get rid of the nest. The same applies to getting rid of a carpenter ant infestation in your yard.

It doesn’t matter if you are constantly warding off or killing occasional ants with homemade remedies or insecticides if you have not identified the nest, there are tens of thousands more waiting to forage through your kitchen for a crumb of bread. A single queen in a colony has the capability of spawning thousands of eggs in a single day. The best method you can use to get rid of the problem once and for all is to get rid of the entire colony. (more…)

How to Find a Carpenter Ant Nest

How to Find a Carpenter Ant Nest

In case you spot a big black ant inside your house, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have carpenter ants destroying wood in the house. These ants could be nesting inside or outside your house and just foraging for food in your kitchen. The moment you spot these signs, the best way to deal with them is to go after their nest.

While this is a great strategy, finding a carpenter ant colony isn’t the simplest of things. After all, ants have the capability of scurrying away in mere seconds to impossible-to-find spaces whether it’s underneath the baseboard or behind the cupboard. Regardless, knowing where the ant colony is located, is the first step of your eradication process. (more…)