In most cases, ants will enter your home from outside nests in search of food and water. The common household ants are carpenter ants but other ants may also invade your home. It is important to note that ants are social insects that live in a colony consisting of thousands of individual ants. The colony consists of three castes that include queens, males and workers. If you are seeing ants in your house chances are these are worker ants foraging for food. Call The Exterminators for effective ant control Toronto solutions before the colony grows and the problem gets worse.
Queens are the largest members of the colony and their role is to reproduce. They fly at specific times to mate with males and then go and build their own colony. The workers are the ones you will mostly encounter. They are sterile wingless females that vary in size according to species. They are categorized into two categories of large and minor workers.
Ants have a wide variety of food preferences and nesting habits that range from building mounds in various locations such as inside counter-tops and behind baseboards, and building nests in the soil while others nest in decaying wood of a structure. They feed on different types of food sources including fats, starches, sweets and meat. They rely on trails to find their food; one of the most effective ways to keep ants out is by removing trails. You can easily remove trails using various scents that ants dislike like peppermint and camphor or soap. Soapy water can kill ants; as you clean your home you should use soapy water mixed with deterring components such as peppermint.
Ants will visit your home when in search of food. Therefore maintaining good home-hygiene can help you avoid an ant infestation. It is important to note that ants feed on almost anything from leftovers to dead and live insects; only a thorough cleaning can keep them out. Some of the hygiene standards you should maintain to keep ants out include making sure all dishes are clean, the home is vacuumed daily and all jars with residues such as jam jars are rinsed off. You also want to clean up any spills of juices immediately. For any further inquiries, feel free to contact us anytime.