Ants

What Plants Deter Ants

What Plants Deter Ants

There are several species of ants all over the world that are often a real pain to deal with both in your home and garden. Ants are very useful to our environment; they prey on fleas, termites, caterpillars among other bothersome insects. Even though they prey on these insects, they provide a hideaway for aphids…

Carpenter Ant Damage – How Destructive Can Ants Be?

If you have spotted a large ant in your house, especially during spring or fall, there’s a high chance it is a carpenter ant. In case the ant has wings, then there’s little doubt that it is, in fact, a carpenter ant. Carpenter ants are common across Canada and the U.S, and they are one…

How to Identify Household Ants

How Do Ants Find Their Way into Houses?

Although they are an annoying pest to deal with, ants are complex and rather interesting. Their ability to navigate, for instance, is an impressive feat. Surprisingly, ants have the intelligence to use visual clues to travel around. Ants can find their way using the position of the sun and landmarks they identify. Understanding just how…

Formic Acid and Ant Bites

The words Formic Acid are derived from the Latin root-word formica meaning ant. Formic acid is a toxic substance contained in ant venom and is used for self defense or for attacking rivals. Species of ants that produce formic acid are known as Formicianae. Not all ants have this toxin but for example carpenter ants…

What Are “Crazy Ants”

Crazy ants, also known as Raspberry Crazy Ants (in honor of a Texan exterminator who identified them) are a big problem for homeowners because of their overwhelming numbers. These ants are particularly destructive indoors where they can compromise the structural integrity of a house and get into appliances, short-circuiting and destroying them. Crazy ants cannot…

How to Identify Household Ants

How to Identify Household Ants

More than one hundred varied species of ants live throughout Canada. Although most are nothing more than a nuisance that invade areas in and around your home, some can cause structural damage. Identifying ants can assist you in make sure you tackle your ant problem with ant control services properly and remove pharaoh ants in…

What to Do About Household Ants During the Winter

What to Do About Household Ants During the Winter

Ants often search for conditions that increase their rate of survival. Optimal conditions for ants include a food and water source, shelter, and temperatures deemed favorable. Since ants are cold blooded, they will seek somewhere warm where they can dwell, which may include the inside of your home and you need to call ant control…

Really Small Ants in House – Pharaoh Ants

Really Small Ants in House – Pharaoh Ants

Really small ants in the house may indicate the presence of pharaoh ants but this isn’t always true. Pharaoh ants are often confused with other types of ants including thief ants. Misidentifying the infestation leads to ineffective pest control methods which is why it is a good idea to hire an ant control exterminator to…

Pharaoh Ants Vs Sugar Ants

Pharaoh Ants Vs Sugar Ants – What are the Differences?

Pharaoh ants are relatively straightforward to identify but the same can’t be said for sugar ants. You might be wondering can sugar ants damage my house? The term sugar ant is unfortunately used loosely to refer to any small, house ant that is attracted to sweet or sugary foods that can damage your home. From this description…

Pharaoh Ants on the Defensive

Pharaoh Ants on the Defensive – Splitting Colonies With Multiple Queens

Ants are a highly evolved species with exceptional survival instincts which is why the species is so successful. Disease carrying pharaoh ants in Canada are some of the worst ant infestations particularly for their ‘Budding’ or splitting behavior. Pharaoh ants are tiny (averaging about 1.5 to 2 millimeters in length) which enables them  to invade…