• carpenter ants

    The Carpenter Ant


    In Canadian homes, a common invader is the black carpenter ants which, in it’s natural habitat, aids in the decomposition of dead, decaying, trees. Nesting in logs, stumps, and hollow trees, carpenter ants often encroach into homes in search of food. Rarely tunneling into dry, sound wood, these ants prefer to excavate moist, rotting wood and other soft materials (including foamed plastic insulation board) to build their satellite nests. Carpenter ants are among the largest ants found in North America. The worker carpenter ants can range from 3mm to 13mm in length while the queen may be more than 25 mm (1″) long. Homeowners should look for ants that are foraging indoors and locate their nests by looking for mounds of coarse, stringy wood particles, dead insect parts, and other debris. Typical places to find a carpenter ant nest indoors are: in wood cabinets near dishwashers, hollow doors, fireplaces, in damp locations behind baseboards, window frames, and in basements and attics. Excavated particles get dumped outside the nest, as carpenter ants do not digest wood as food. Unlike termites, carpenter ants’ tunnels are smooth-sided and don’t contain soil particles or mud. Listen for rustling noises in your walls and ceilings to locate satellite colonies.

    Treatment for Carpenter Ants


    The technician will either use a residual insecticide, dust or bait to control the carpenter ant infestation in your home. In certain situations the technician may use a drill in order to drill small holes in the walls to exterminate a potential nest behind the finished wall. If an exterior treatment is performed around the property, please move items that can be easily lifted away from the house walls. If the homeowner is seeing quite a few ants in the kitchen, the bottom kitchen cupboards should be emptied. If the ants are in the bathroom, the vanity in the bathroom should be emptied. All food items should be stored in sealed containers. Pet food should be removed from the floor in the evenings and stored in sealed containers. Everyone, including pets, should be prepared to vacate the premises for 3 – 4 hours after treatment.

    Carpenter Ant Prevention


    Moist, damp, wood is an attractive environment for carpenter ants to nest in. If you have any leaks or moisture issues in and around the house they should be repaired. All food items should be stored in sealed containers. Pet food should be removed from the floor in the evenings and stored in sealed containers. Eliminate old lumber, logs and stumps from around your property and do not store firewood inside the building. In the case of new construction only properly treated lumber should be used.

  • Pavement Ant

    The Pavement Ant


    Pavement ants are a small ant about 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch. They are black in colour and nest in the soil below the concrete of your home or in the walls. Often you will see a mound of soil above their nesting area. In the winter months, pavement ants often make their way closer to the heat source of the home. They are a very common ant and eat grease and oils but will eat insects and sweet materials as well.

    Pavement Ant Treatment


    The technician will either use a residual insecticide, dust or bait to control the pavement ant infestation in your home. If the homeowner is seeing quite a few ants in the kitchen, the bottom kitchen cupboards should be emptied. If the ants are in the bathroom, the vanity in the bathroom should be emptied. All food items should be stored in sealed containers. Pet food should be removed from the floor in the evenings and stored in sealed containers. Everyone, including pets, should be prepared to vacate the premises for 3 – 4 hours after treatment.

    Pavement Ant Prevention


    • Seal openings around doors, windows and the foundation
    • Keep food preparation areas and floors clear of crumbs
    • Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids