Ants removal: Ant belong to the family Formicidae of phylum arthropod. There are an estimated 22,000 species of ants. Ants are social insects living in colonies with one more egg laying queen. Ants have caste system. The queen lay eggs while workers ants have their individual jobs. Small ants perform general labour, cleaning nest and collecting food. while larger ants guard the colony. Ants are the most numerous insects found nearly every parts of the earth. Like any other insects, ants have three main body parts, head, thorax and abdomen. However, there are visible constriction between head, thorax and abdomen which clearly differentiate ants from other insects.
Pharoah ants, carpenter ants, fire ants and pavements are some of the common ant’s pests found in and around residential or commercial properties.
Pharaoh Ants are small, about 1/16-inch long. In term of colour, pharaoh ants are light yellow to red, with black markings on the abdomen. Pharaoh Ants look similar to Thief Ants. In addition, Pharaoh Ants have three segments in the antennal club. Since they are so tiny, they can travel and trail to many places. Inside, pharaoh ants are usually found in the kitchen and bathrooms, but workers are also commonly seen trailing along window sills and baseboards.
You may notice them travelling along plumbing or electrical wires, going from room to room. Similarly pharaoh ants are found among paper, clothes, sheets, inside curtain rods, behind baseboards, wall and cabinet voids. You can see the trails of foraging pharaoh ants where water or food sources are available. Nest of pharaoh ants are rarely found. Moreover they are also spotted near water sources around counter tops, toilets, drains, and sinks.
Control of Pharaoh ants is difficult, due to their nesting in inaccessible areas. Treatment must be thorough and complete at all nesting sites, as well as the foraging area. Thus, treatment must include walls, ceilings, floor voids, and electrical wall outlets. Baits are now the preferred method of control for Pharaoh ants and several baits (insecticides) are labeled for indoor ant control.
A Pharaoh ant infestation of a multifamily building requires treatment of the entire building to control the infestation. In addition, insect growth regulators (IGRs) are marketed for indoor control of Pharaoh ants. The IGR is used as a bait, and ants must be allowed to transport the bait back to their nests. The IGR prevents the production of worker ants and sterilizes the queen. Therefore, it is necessary to allow up to several weeks or months
How to prevent infestation
Ants find numerous ways to enter homes, it may be a small crack and crevice. In some cases, you may have ignored fixing a small broken holes in the window screen. There are many possibilities for ants to enter your house. A thorough inspection and proper repair is the first step to prevent them from entering your home.
Ants leave pheromones along their trails for other ants to follow them. Clearing their trail also help to prevent them. Washing their trail with soapy scrub may help to prevent them.
Ants are attracted to sugar and oily stuff. It is wise to devoid them of their attractants. Prevent food spill and proper controlling garbage may help in future prevention. All food items must be stored in tight lid jars and garbage must be in tight lid container.
Ants usually live-in close proximity to food and water. Repairing a leaky faucet will stop them reaching to water source.
Pavement Ants removal
Ants removal: Pavement Ants are small pests from 1/10 to 1/16 inches in length. As a matter of fact pavement ants can be found in many parts of Canada. Each individual colony contains thousands of workers, multiple queens and is usually located at one particular site. White Footed Ants and Carpenter Ants can have satellite colonies or build huge nests that cover hundreds of feet.Call us for ants removal.
Carpenter Ants removal
Carpenter ants are 1/4–3/8-inches long and black or brown in color. Just like their name they are usually found in old decaying wood. Carpenter ants don’t eat wood but they damage wood to burrow in it. You may find carpenter ants around moist window and doors.
It is better not to pile wood around the perimeter of the house. Keep a minimum 18-inch perimeter around the foundation neat and clean. Pesticide spray is effective against carpenter ants. Once the nest is found, carpenter ants can be easily eliminated. At Mirak pest we have years of experience in carpenter ant removal
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