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Carpenter Ant Suggested Treatment

A carpenter ant treatment often requires the combined effort of an internal and external insecticidal treatment. Preparation guidelines must be followed before both interior and exterior treatments. Occupants must abandon the premise typically for 4-6 hours after the treatment is completed. Carpenter ants create nests by channelling into the wood to create what we call “galleries”. The wood is then expelled from the nest in the form of wood shavings, this is the first and obvious sign of carpenter ants. Depending on the level of infestation and nesting area, our technician may opt for more advanced techniques such as drilling 1-2mm holes in the drywall to inject a foam-based insecticide that will target void spaces that a liquid spray may not reach. (The drilled holes are left uncovered) It is recommended that the lawn is mowed before the treatment so any ant hills/trails can be accurately identified. If you have a cedar house, the soffits, eaves, and siding must be sprayed as well. We recommend getting an external treatment done annually to prevent future infestations for this sort of problem. 

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    Moisture Ant Suggested Treatment

    Internal home spraying, external perimeter home spraying, and occasionally foamy application, most frequently in the basement, washroom.

    Lawn Ant Suggested Treatment

    External perimeter spray of house. Front yard and back yard spray, cover all anthills, as well as the perimeter. When a pest problem becomes out of control, it is necessary to contact a professional agency such as Ecopest. We are the most trusted pest control company. As the undisputed experts in pest control service, we have considerable experience dealing with all sorts of ants control Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, and throughout Canada.

    Pharaoh Ant Suggested Treatment

    Pharaoh ants are usually much harder to manage than other ant species due to their dispersing ability.

    Control of the ants indoors, is accomplished through an indoor baiting program. Include baits in wall voids and attics.

    Only about 5% of a pharaoh ant colony’s workers are out foraging for food at any one time.

    Continue the baiting program for several months, even after the ants seemed to have been eliminated as they may be simply relocating. It can take up to a year to completely eradicate pharaoh ants.

    Ant Facts

    Carpenter Ants

    Carpenter ants, which make their nests in wood, inflict the most damage. Their nests can be found in house walls or roofs, fences or decks, or trees, but they will even construct hills in the ground. Large black ants are the most common kind. There are numerous types of carpenter ants, but if the consumer is reporting huge, black ants, it is most likely carpenter ants. A common sign of carpenter ant infestation is sawdust from the ants excavating their nests.  Carpenter ants do not eat the wood, they only build in it. Another common sign of infestation is the sudden appearance of many winged ants.  Any kind of ant can develop wings.  The winged ants are scouts looking for a new nesting site.  They appear when a nest has reached a certain size and level of maturity that it needs to expand and develop secondary nests.  Often the customer will not have noticed any ants before the appearance of the winged ants.


    Moisture Ants

    Infests buildings as well. They prefer damper environments such as basements or regions that have seen floods or water damage, although they may also be found in dry locations. Moisture ants are significantly smaller than carpenter ants and hence do not cause as much harm, although they will behave similarly.  They will make nests in walls of buildings, but rather than seeing signs of sawdust, the customer may see what seems to be sand, which is particles of wood or dirt that are very small because of the size of the moisture ants that were doing the excavating.  Again, moisture ants may first be noticeable when they produce large winged scouts.  The treatment is the same for moisture ants as for carpenter ants.

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    Lawn or Pavement Ants

    Ants might infest buildings if there was an ant infestation in the surrounding lawn, flowerbed, or garden areas. The ant population grows to the point that it infiltrates the house.  Exterminators treat them with spraying, and anthills can be treated by dusting the hill with insecticide dust.  If the customer wants anthills dusted, they should flag them somehow if they are not going to be home so that the technician doesn’t miss any.  It can be challenging to find anthills, especially after rain or after mowing the lawn.  Less common are pharaoh ants, which are incredibly tiny and infested buildings.  We use bait for pharaoh ants instead of spray because they are susceptible to chemicals. They will sense a spray application in the vicinity and scatter, spreading the infestation.


    Pharaoh Ants

    Pharaoh’s ants are tiny, bright yellow to red, with black patterns on the abdomen. Pharaoh ant colonies can have up to 300,000 members and many queens — exceptionally huge colonies with millions of workers and thousands of queens. Colonies are widespread, and this activity frequently foils eradication attempts.  Pharaoh ants forage long distances and establish scent trails. Workers tend to trail along edges of door mouldings and baseboards and use electrical and telephone wires to gain assess into rooms and between floors. Pharaoh ants typically establish themselves in areas near moisture, such as the kitchen or bathroom. They travel from room to room within the walls via plumbing pipes and electrical wires. They feed on various foods, including baked goods, soft drinks, greases, meats, sweets, fruits, and scavenge on dead insects. Pharaoh ants are usually much more challenging to manage than other ant species due to their dispersing ability.

    While there are a variety of do-it-yourself ant control treatments in the market, efficient control involves using a professional pest control service like Ecopest to manage the infestation and prevent a recurrence. Our service professionals understand and can give discreet and targeted ant controls over the many varieties of ants. For ants control Regina, we are the most trusted pest control company.

    Ant FAQs

    FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions – Ants

    The carpenter ant is a large member of the ant family, measuring three to 12 mm (1/8″ to 1/4″). The Colour is either black or black with red. Antennae have elbows and large heads with strong mandibles (jaws) used for chewing. Reproductive forms are winged.

    Yes. Because carpenter ants tunnel in wood to build their colonies, an infestation can cause severe structural damage if left unchecked.

    You are most likely to see swarms of winged (reproductive) carpenter ants in May and June, as this is their mating season.

    Carpenter ants prefer moist areas and may construct their nests anywhere in the home, including walls, ceilings, attics, doors, sills, shingles and insulation. Carpenter ants are most active during the night when they forage for food.

    Yes. Since carpenter ants are attracted to honey, jelly, fruit and meat, they can carry disease germs from one area to another. Although they do not sting, they can inflict bites.

    Carpenter ants are social insects living in colonies. Within the colony, they produce winged reproductive systems to create new colonies. After two to three years after mating, the winged reproductives leave the colony to establish new ones. Once established, an average colony contains 2,000 to 3,000 carpenter ants.

    Yes. Warm, moist weather presents ideal conditions for carpenter ant colonies to establish themselves.

    The presence of worker ants in your home is one of the first indications of an establishing carpenter ant colony. Check all areas where you suspect moisture. The presence of chewed wood similar to sawdust indicates an active nest. Any flying insect in the home is cause for concern, and a professional in pest control should be consulted.

    The elimination of moist conditions by providing good ventilation and isolating wood from any direct contact with the soil will aid in carpenter ant prevention. Foods should be kept in sealed containers and areas where food is stored free of spillage or crumbs. Eliminate old lumber, logs and stumps from around your property and do not store firewood inside the building.