Winter Ants Inside Your Home or Business Office

Carpenter Ants

Are you asking yourself “It’s winter, why am I seeing ants inside my house?”

It’s often mistakenly believed that if you’ve found ants inside during the winter it must mean they have come in to find shelter from the cold. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. If you have ants inside your home or business this time of year, it undoubtedly means an ant colony has already established a nest inside your home or business building, usually somewhere inside the walls. The ones that are outside are in hibernation. In the spring and summer months it is possible to see ants who have a nest outside venture inside looking for sources of food. In the winter, however, this is definitely not the case. Since most houses and buildings are temperature controlled, ant colonies established inside the structure of a building do not hibernate. Thus, they need to continue looking for food somewhere, so they come inside if they have not done so already. Another reason you are seeing ants suddenly appearing now is because the humidity in your house has decreased and the ants are looking for moisture. All the heat that is being pumped throughout your home’s central heating system or from space heaters causes the air to become very dry and ants cannot survive well in that environment in the walls. Therefore they come out looking for sources of moisture and that’s when many homeowners see the little critters. This is why in the winter you will usually find ants near a bathtub or bathroom sink, in the kitchen sink, in the laundry room, and other areas where there is running water inside your home or business building. Especially for very cold days such as those Toronto and surrounding cities in Ontario have been having recently, this is quite common.

So if you’ve seen ants inside, please do not ignore the problem! It’s best to treat the issue as soon as you find out, before the infestation gets worse. With ants, if they are not managed, they just continue to grow their colonies and exponential damage will happen to the structure of your home. Also, it is important for the queen to be eliminated; otherwise the problem will not be resolved. If left untreated, some individuals may have multiple colonies with multiple queen ants established inside their homes or office buildings. This makes it much more difficult to eliminate an infestation. That is why going with professional service is so beneficial. Not only do licensed technicians use much more potent products than those available to the public, but highly qualified technicians have the knowledge and expertise to provide the most effective and efficient treatment. Although not all exterminators out there are equal, we here at Advantage Pest Control Inc. are committed to offering you the best service possible with our highly skilled and experienced pest control specialists. We also offer a 1 year guarantee when we service you for ants, so if you need additional service within 1 year of your treatment, we service you at no additional charge.

So do call us at 416-297-8010 or email us at info@pestservices.ca if you need any pest control services! Specialists are available to speak to you every day between 8am and 8pm!

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Toronto’s Worst Pest Control Problems: Bed Bugs and Carpenter Ants

Toronto’s Worst Pest Control Problems: Bed Bugs and Carpenter Ants

As a major urban center Toronto has its share of pest problems. In this article we investigate two of the cities worst problems: bed bugs and carpenter ants. We provide tips for both prevention and treatment of bed bug and carpenter ant infestations.

Advantage Pest Control does offer treatment options for Toronto and other GTA regions. We have both bed bug specialists and carpenter ant specialists on staff. Please visit the link above or give us a call at 416-840-4040.

Bed Bugs in Toronto

Bed bugs can be a difficult pest to deal with and a difficult pest to get rid of. It is often hard to determine how an infestation was caused. One of our most frequent questions is “how did I get bed bugs?” Usually, however, it is one of three reasons: travelling, overnight guests, or used furniture.

How To Treat Bed Bugs

There are several options to treating bed bugs depending on factors such as time, money and labour. The most effective treatment is heat remediation for bed bugs. This is a professional service that is very labour intensive. Other professional services include steam, insecticide spray and dusting options. There are also several bed bug monitors that can be helpful in determining the presence and severity of a bed bug infestation.

A great preventative method and control method for bed bugs is mattress covers. Make sure that you purchase your mattress cover from a reputable pest control company and that the cover has been tested and proven to be bed bug proof. A bed bug proof mattress cover should be a zippered cover for your mattress. Make sure to also get box spring and pillow covers to provide ultimate bed bug protection. Bed bugs like to hide in any crack or crevice that they can find and mattress, box springs and pillows provide many harbourage areas for bed bugs to live in.

Other do it yourself options are available when a homeowner purchases reliable bed bug products. These include domestic-label insecticides, aerosols and powders including diatomaceous earth.

To summarize the best options for killing bed bugs are:

Steps in a bed bug elimination, as in any integrated pest control program, are as follows:

  1. Identification – this can be achieved through a bed bug inspection or through passive bed bug monitors.
  2. Treatment
    1. Professional Pest Control Treatments such as heat remediation, steam, spray or dusting programs.
    2. Do it yourself bed bug products such as aerosols, insecticide sprays or powders.
    3. Prevention: the best methods of prevention are bed bug proof mattress covers and bed bug monitors such as the bed bug defender. We also have a travel kit for bed bugs available, give us a call for more information.

Carpenter Ants in Toronto

Carpenter ants are a wood boring insect, which means they like to live inside wood. This can be problematic for homeowners as the structure of a house has many wooden elements. Of primary concern are foundations, roofs, decks and other wooden structures. Carpenter ants are a natural insect in the outdoors. In North America they are very common and found in most backyards. They are an important part of the ecosystem and are only a problem when start to invade structures instead of decaying and decomposing trees.

How To Treat Carpenter Ants

The best option for treating carpenter ants is an integrated method. Our professional carpenter ant specialists recommend a bait and spray treatment program. This program utilizes both carpenter ant attractive bait and a residual spray to provide maximum results in carpenter ant control. Here’s why:

  • Carpenter ants are social insects, which means that when they meet each other and pass food to each other they pass along the insecticide which they ingest when they groom themselves.
  • The bait can be carried back to the queen which is the best method to kill carpenter ants. Once the queen is eliminated, the ant colony cannot survive.
  • Residual sprays keep on killing even after they are dry which takes care of any “stragglers”.

Carpenter ants can be really difficult to treat on your own. Our specialists know about the life cycle and life ways of carpenter ants. They have been specially trained at eliminating carpenter ants from both residential and commercial properties.