Carpenter ants in Toronto are a major concern for homeowners and one of the most common pest complaints. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants do not eat wood the same way that termites do. The ants simply excavate the wood using their strong jaws to make galleries where they nest. The ants deposit the wood shavings outside the nest because it is of no nutritional value to them.
Whether carpenter ants eat wood or not is not important in the grand scheme of things. The fact remains that the ants can do major damage to a wooden structure if the infestation is large enough and left to go on for a long period of time. Tracking and treating the ant nest is the surest way to get rid of carpenter ants.
Locating Carpenter Ant Nest Indoors
A simple strategy is to inspect the most likely areas of infestation. Carpenter ants prefer moist wood so inspect under bathtubs, around skylights and chimneys, beneath window sills, in wall voids, in crawl spaces, in hollow door frames and other moisture-prone areas. You should see evidence of carpenter ant activity such as small holes in wood and/or small piles of sawdust.
If you are lucky enough to see an ant trail, simply follow it back to the nest. Tap walls or doors that you suspect might be infested and listen for faint rustling inside.
Locating Carpenter Ant Nest Outdoors
Although these ants may be active throughout the day, they are most active just after sunset and before midnight. Grab a flashlight and inspect your property about 20 minutes after sunset.
Carpenter ants like hardwoods, preferably rotten and moist wood. Concentrate your search here and look out for evidence such as ant trails, dead carpenter ants and small mounds of sawdust under or around trees.
How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants
Getting rid of carpenter ants in Toronto is a difficult task even for professionals. It is best to hire an exterminator to do the job.
A thorough inspection may reveal the ant’s nest but there is no guarantee that it is the only nest. Carpenter ants often have a ‘primary’ nest and ‘satellite’ nests and easily shuffle between the nests. You may have found only one of the multiple nesting sites so any extermination, in this case, would be useless.
Another major risk of DIY extermination is ‘budding’. A single carpenter ant nest often contains multiple queens. If the nest is disturbed such as by unsuccessful treatment, the queens will split, each queen taking a few workers and creating multiple colonies so the infestation becomes even worse.
Lastly, over-the-counter carpenter ant treatments simply don’t work because they contain a low concentration of active ingredients compared to what professional exterminators use.
A professional ant exterminator in Toronto can guarantee an accurate inspection to determine the extent of the infestation. He also has the necessary equipment and chemicals to safely and permanently exterminate the ants. Finally, the professional helps institute measures to ensure that the infestation does not return in future. This may include trimming trees and shrubs near the house, repairing or removing water-damaged wood and eliminating food sources. Ask for a warranty of at least 6 months for the best result. Call The Exterminators today to book an appointment: