There are about 100 species of ants in Canada, so it is not unusual for them to become a pest around the home.
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Considered one of the most difficult pest to exterminate, carpenter ants prefer to build their nests inside damp and/or dead wood.
Carpenter ants will seek out wood in your home that may have been damaged from a leaky roof or anywhere there is heat and moisture. This makes the wood softer and easier for them to chew. They will attack the soft wood first. 40% of the houses we do have structural damage in the attic.
Hot Spots for Carpenter Ants
- laundry room
- in the dishwasher
- warm and humid locations
We Know How To Eliminate Carpenter Ants
- Identify the main carpenter ant nest and any satellite nests
- Treat with microgen machine and ministry approved pesticide(s)
- Provide a full written report upon completion
Carpenter Ant Identification
The two most common types of carpenter ants found near Peterborough, Ontario are the red carpenter ant and more common, the black carpenter ant.
Often confused with termites, carpenter ants can be distinguished by their slim, narrow waist and bent antennae.
Signs Of Carpenter Ants
- sawdust on the floor
- wood shavings
- winged ants emerging from ceilings, walls or crevices
How Do Carpenter Ants Get In My Home?
- unsealed or open windows
- holes and crevices in your home's foundation
- air conditioners
- Hydro or telco cables
- Tree branches and plants
- water damage in roof
Carpenter Ants: Don’t Ignore the Signs
These unexpected pests pose no health risk and rarely bite, but the damage they can do to your home’s structure could cost you a small fortune if the carpenter ants are allowed to stay once they’ve wandered in.
How can I tell a carpenter ant from a ‘regular’ ant?
Carpenter ants look very much like the other ants you may see living in small dirt mounds outdoors. They are small, dark brown to black in colour, and their bodies are made up of three distinct segments with a narrow waist and a bulbous back end.
Carpenter ants are typically larger than other types of ant, but this isn’t a reliable way to identify them.
What gives carpenter ants away is the sawdust they leave behind, and sightings of winged ants (swarmers) or their shed wings near window sills and baseboards.
Some homeowners even hear rustling or scratching sounds in the walls at night, these noises are the carpenter ants at work building nests. The ants you see throughout your home are most likely foraging for food, as carpenter ants do not eat wood but simply bore into it to nest.
Can’t I just put down some ant traps? What about sprays?
Ant traps and poisons won’t do much if anything to combat a carpenter ant infestation.
In fact, they could worsen your problem by masking the signs of infestation temporarily - while the carpenter ant colony continues to damage the structure of your home.
Carpenter ants also tend to colonize in clusters, a main colony with several ‘satellite’ colonies.
So even if you can reach and destroy one nest, it’s likely the infestation will flare up again shortly.
If you see signs of carpenter ants in your home this winter, save yourself the expense of repairing structural damage and call Dave’s Quality Pest Control for a free estimate.
Our team of professionals is trained to locate and eliminate entire colonies of carpenter ants and prevent them from coming back.
Learn About Ants Including Pharaoh Ants and Carpenter Ants
Inside the homes with treat in Ontario, species that are known to invade include the carpenter ant, the little black ant, the odorous house ant, the thief ant and the pharaoh ant. Outside, it is common for pavement ants to become a nuisance in lawns.
Ants are social insects that live in large colonies usually located in underground tunnels. There are a few species, i.e., carpenter ants, that nest above ground in rotting stumps, or inside structures in wall voids, especially where wooden structures are damp. Many species will nest outside buildings, and enter them just to forage for food.
Carpenter ants are larger than other species and one of the most important to identify correctly. They attack wood on your property including exterior trees and interior 2x6 beams. Carpenter ants can cause serious structural damage to homes when they excavate galleries for their nests. Piles of sawdust may indicate the presence of carpenter ants.
Controlling Ants in Ontario
Ants create new colonies by a process of swarming, or budding. The appearance of winged queens and smaller winged males means that swarming is taking place. Destroying the queen best controls this type of ant colony.
Keeping surfaces and floors clean will assist in preventing ants from entering the home to forage for food. Sugary foods, oils or greasy residues like peanut butter smears, crumbs, or even the honeydew produced by aphid-infested houseplants, especially attract ants. Ant colonies that spread by budding will send workers with larvae and pupae to a new site.
A poorly planned chemical control treatment will encourage this type of colony to bud, thereby complicating the problem. For efficient and permanent ant control, contact our professionals at Dave’s Quality Pest Control. We will use the proper actions to identify and remove all types of ants that are invading your home.
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Do you have ants invading in your home? Are they becoming a nuisance?
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Carpenter ants and pharaoh ants are the most common within our service area including Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, Port Perry, Cobourg, Port Hope and Northumberland County.
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