Showing posts with label carpenter ants london ontario. Show all posts
Showing posts with label carpenter ants london ontario. Show all posts

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Pavement Ants - A Pesky Problem in Ontario

Pavement ants, a common pest in Ontario, are just one of the 100+ species of ants in Canada. They are a small ant, ranging from about 2mm - 3mm in size. Pavement ants vary between black to a medium brown in colour and their legs are often a lighter brown colour. One identifying marker of pavement ants are the parallel groves found on their head and thorax, which are best seen when using a magnifying glass. 

Where do pavement ants live?


Just like their name indicates, pavement ants are found under stones, sidewalks, concrete slabs and at the edge of pavement. Many people notice the piles of dirt that have been excavated to make room for a nest; these dirt mounds can been seen on driveways and pavement. Pavement ants can also be found nesting under objects that are sitting on top of pavement, such as patio blocks, stones and so on. In the summer time pavement ants live outdoors, but
over the winter these ant colonies often move to the foundations of a house and
can sometimes be found indoors.

Photo Credit to Cyril Weerasooryia - https://www.flickr.com/photos/7609788@N04/6897564029/

What do pavement ants eat?


Pavement ants eat nearly any type of food including insects and honeydew from aphids, to animal food, seeds, meats, fruits, and starches - but their preference is greasy and sweet items. Pavement ants can become a nuisance when they are found foraging in homes for food. When found indoors, they are specifically looking for protein or sweet substances needed to feed the queen and the young.

How do you prevent pavement ants?


There are steps you can take inside and around your home to prevent pavement ants from becoming a problem. Sweep up! Cleanliness is important inside a home or business to avoid any foragers from entering in search of food. It’s also best practice to seal up any cracks in exterior walls to discourage ants from moving indoors. Repair any water leaks and watch for problematic foundation drainage. 


 Photo credit: Wikipedia

What treatments are there for pavement ants?


There are a number of ways to treat for pavement ants depending on a variety of factors. Often people want to know if they can treat for pavement ants themselves using products found in hardware stores. It is our experience that these treatments are only a temporary fix and don’t get to the core of the problem. We recommend that one of our professionals asses the situation in person, so that the correct treatment is used to maximize results. Typically, when a nest is located a liquid insecticide agent is used to flood the area. A residual insecticide is used on areas that the ants travel along, like cracks in a sidewalk. For interior problems we apply a dust into walls and baseboards of the home. We do ask that you leave your home for four hours after the treatment is applied to allow for proper drying time. 

 Sawyer Pest Management is licensed by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and is insured. Each of its service representatives is a fully licensed Structural Exterminator, fully trained and competent in the services they provide. Sawyer Pest Management does not employ unlicensed service technicians. 


Sawyer Pest Management is proud to provide service programs in the communities of London, Melbourne, Ingersoll, Aylmer, Port Stanley, Strathroy, St.Thomas, Parkhill, Grand Bend, Bayfield, Exeter, Lucan and St. Marys.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

List of common household pests

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Birds

Reptiles

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ant Infestation!
Have you noticed large, black ants marching in your home? You’re not alone! Because the nests of carpenter ants are long-lived, carpenter ants can damage your home over time; in particular, foam insulation is frequently damaged by carpenter ants. It is in your best interest to protect your home from carpenter ants. Fortunately, pest control for carpenter ants is within your reach.
First, you need to figure out whether the carpenter ants are nesting inside your home or whether they’re coming in for food.
Locating A Carpenter Ant Nest
Carpenter ants are frequently seen in homes in the spring and summer months. You can usually tell whether the nest is inside or outside depending on what time of year you notice them. If you notice carpenter ants in late winter or early spring (February or March), then the carpenter ant nest is probably located within your home! If, on the other hand, you first notice carpenter ants during the spring and summer months (May or June), the nest is probably outdoors but the ants are coming in to feast on your scrap food!carpenter ants london ontario
Carpenter ants actually have two types of nests – parent colonies and satellite colonies. Often, the nests in your home may be the satellite colony of a parent nest located outside. It’s therefore important to stop ants from nesting inside your home and to stop ants from getting inside your home.
You need to follow the ants to their lair. Place a bit of honey on the non-stick side of duct tape. Be patient and wait until the ants come out for the honey. Once they’ve taken their share, follow the ants to find out where their nest is located.
Remember that night is the best time of day, as carpenter ants are mainly active during the night.
Pest Control for Carpenter Ants : Inside the Home
Carpenter ants will nest in either dry or moist wood, but they prefer to nest in moist wood. That’s why you’ll frequently notice carpenter ants wherever there is moist wood – around sinks, bathtubs or improperly flashed chimneys.
Find the carpenter ant nest by tapping the blunt end of a screwdriver against the wall. Once you hear that hollow sound, you’ve found your spot. If the nest is nearby, you’ll hear the carpenter ants make a rustling noise after you beat the wall with the screwdriver.
The idea is to destroy the nest, which sometimes proves to be a difficult task. Once you’ve found the general location of the nest (be it behind a wall or in a porch column), drill a succession of small holes (about 1/8 inch wide) and puff boric acid in the holes. Once the ants make contact with the boric acid, they will be killed.
Pest Control for Carpenter Ants : Outside the Home
Your best pest control is preventing carpenter ants from setting up satellite colonies within your home. Here are some tips for keeping carpenter ants out of your home:
  • If you have wood siding, prevent any outdoor objects from leading up from the ground to your wood siding.
  • Prune any branches that are touching your roof or siding, as ants walk across these branches like a bridge to get into your home.
  • Keep firewood away from the siding of your home; this is a breeding ground for carpenter ants!
  • Find cracks and holes in your home’s foundation and seal these up to prevent ants from entering!If you’re having difficulty locating nests, enlist the help of a professional pest control company or ant extermination company. READ MORE