Exterminating Ants

Carpenter ants range from 1/8 to ½ inches in size while the queen can reach ¾ of an inch, giving the carpenter ants the status of being the biggest of all ant species. Black is the common color for carpenter ants, but some species also come in red and black or chestnut.

 Family

Hymenopteran

 Scientific Name

Camponotus spp.

 Biology

Winged females lose their wings after breeding. But all workers do not bear wings. Mature colonies can consist of thousands of workers: between 10 000 to 15 000. Their life cycle is of approximately 60 days.

 Behavior

Carpenter ants are “social insects”. They live in colonies in the wooden structures of your home. They do not feed on wood but build their network of tunnels for their nest. They actively feed on sweets during the night and in the early hours of the day.

Control

We recommend that you remove any decaying wood or pieces of wood near your property. Ensure as well that all of your food is carefully protected in tight containers. Any spilled food must be instantly cleaned up. As it is a real challenge to locate and treat carpenter ants, simply give us a call and we will help you in removing their devastation.

Black with light colored legs and covered with bristly hairs, the pavement ant size ranges between 1/16 to 1/8 inches. It is characterized by two nodes on its petioles and one pair of spine at the back of the thorax.

Biology

Pavement ants develop into adulthood over a period of 36 to 63 days. They may show up at all times of year in your home while June and July are the peak months to frequently catch sight of them outdoors.

Behavior

Pavement ant colonies nest outdoors under concrete slabs, sidewalks, flat stones, and on the edge of driveways, walkways, etc.  In constant search of food, and also of heat sources in the winter time, they can take over entire buildings. Pavement ants favor construction sites where they feel more at home: entire colonies living and travelling within the walls and insulation of major structures, they are also observed on floors and platforms.

 Control

Pavements ants crave candies and sweets. The best approach to eliminate pavement ants is to lure them with traps consisting of sugar and protein. The traps must be placed everywhere a path is detected. When the nest is not located, a pulverized treatment is applied along the foundations of a building and its adjoining grounds. This effective process repels worker ants on the lookout for food, preventing them from entering any structure.

Very small ants, the pharaoh ants length ranges between 1,5 to 2 mm and all workers share the same size. They present shades of yellowish brown to a reddish hue. Since they originate from tropical areas of the planet and cannot survive the winter season, pharaoh ants seek warmth indoors.

Biology

Female queens breed within their respective nests, constantly producing new colonies; most of which continuously repeat the proliferation process in new locations. Some colonies can even reach populations counting hundreds of thousands ants. One queen can lay between 350 to 400 eggs within her life time and the eggs develop into adulthood between 38 to 45 days. The workers lifespan is 9 to 10 weeks and the queens live between four and twelve months.

Behavior

Pharaoh ants nest anywhere in a structure and they remain a challenge to locate and control. Uncovering their food and water sources remains essential. They typically build their nests in warm and hard to reach places such as inside walls and kitchen counters, and even within electrical outlets.

Their food preferences ranges from meat and grease to sugars and jellies.

Control

Baits composed of a protein and sugar mixture remain the primary method to control pharaoh ants. For baits to be effective they must be placed close to the nesting sites. Other forms of control such as pesticides sprays or powders only promote the proliferation of new nesting sites by inducing panic within the colonies.

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