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Ants

Ants | Pest Control | ExterminationAnt infestation is the most commonly reported pest problem. These tiny scavengers will enter your home or business looking for moisture and an accessible food source. For this reason, rotting or damp wood that is moldy can attract ants. Ants also feed on sugar, cheese, meats, vegetables, grease, peanut butter, and dead insects.

Ants often enter a home through cracks around windows or doors, but they can find numerous entrances to your home or building. Once inside, the growing ant colony can become a problem quickly, since ants mature from juveniles to adults within a matter of days.

It is necessary to properly identify the ant species that you have in order to effectively eradicate them. Of the thousands of species of ants, the four listed below are the most commonly found in Ontario.

Carpenter Ants
... are about five eighths inches long. They tend to burrow in damp wood but have also been known to damage solid wood. They do not eat the wood, but simply remove it in order to build a nest.

Pavement Ants
... are about one-eighth inches long. They generally make their nests in pavement cracks and are also capable of infesting a building.

Red Ants or Fire Ants
... vary in size from one-eighth to three-eighths inches. They construct large mounds for nests and administer painful stings.

Pharoah Ants
... are about one-sixteenth inch long. These ants are commonly found in hospitals and nursing homes, where they are capable of transmitting Staphylecoccus and Psuedomonas infections. Pharoah Ants also invade restaurants, apartment buildings and similar dwellings.

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Control of Pests

While adult ants are the sign of an infestation, merely killing them is not the solution. Infested areas must be found and destroyed. Identification of the pest can provide clues on where to look but some of these insects can live on a wide range of materials. For that reason a residual spray will be needed in these areas. Call Domtech Pest Control for a free consultation.