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During springtime, sugar ants will begin their home invasion, looking for food and water. While these tiny little creatures are not harmful to humans, they are a pain to deal with that can get out of control if the colony gets too big. Sugar ants are common in Canada, and most people refer to them as small ants attracted to sugary stuff. The sugar ant is also known as Camponotus consobrinus. Sugar ants measure about 2mm to 12mm in length. The winged sugar ant male with royal blood is black while the female workers have orange coloured bodies. To prevent sugar ants from damaging your house hire the skilled technicians at Ant Control Toronto to get the best results in no time!
Sugar ants are always after sugary stuff, and the reason is marching towards your kitchen is because:
• Plants that produce nectar outdoors attract sugar ants. If the plants are in your garden, and near your house, sugar ants might get out searching for food only to find your stash.
• Sugar ants come from outdoors. They are equipped with odour receptors that are four times more sensitive to odours than other insects. Sugar ants have the capability of following the scent of food through crevices, cracks, holes, vents and any opening in your home.
• Sugar ants aren’t completely content to living outdoors, in case they land an opportunity to find and consumer sweets inside your home, it will result in an invasion, that poses a bothersome situation for property owners. Sugar ants can also build nests inside your home. Their nests compared to other ants are situated in undisturbed locations like basements or inside bathroom walls.
Sugar ants are considered harmless. Swarms of sugar ants can be a nuisance, and especially when they locate a reliable source of food inside your home. While they will not cause any structural damage to your house, sugar ants will gnaw through paper, thin plastic or even cardboard to get through to their contents.
They also pose a health risk contaminating food and water as they forage for food in your house. Sugar ants attract a host of other pests including spiders and centipedes into your home.
When defending their nest, they will bite using their upper mouthparts to steer of invaders. These bites are not painful compared to other ants; they could form an allergic reaction if an individual is highly allergic.
In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) we have taken some measures in updating our procedures when working on pest control jobs such as using non-toxic formulation that does not require you to vacate your home as we all practice social-distancing to tackle the propagation of the virus. Additionally, upon request we will wear protective gear to make you feel at ease during these unprecedented times where we all need to be extra careful in doing our job.