Pest Control Services

Ants

Ant Pest Control in Edmonton

Carpenter Ant Suggested Treatment

Carpenter ants require both an inside and exterior spray treatment. The interior treatment entails preparation as well as abandoning the area for 4 hours. The outside must also be prepped for a spray treatment so that the technician may spray it without being obstructed. Depending on the level of infestation, the technician may need to inject insecticidal foam into the walls. This means a pin-sized hole (1-2 millimeter diameter) needs to be drilled into the wall so the tip can be inserted. This isn’t sealed after the treatment is done. It is recommended that the lawn is cut prior to the treatment so that the technician can identify where the external nest is. If you have a cedar house, the soffits, eaves, and siding must be sprayed as well. For this sort of problem, we recommend getting an external treatment done annually to prevent future infestations.

Professional services like Ecopest are required to call when the problem gets out of control. We are the leading pest control service for ants control Edmonton. We have extensive expertise dealing with all types of ant control Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon and Canada, as indisputable specialists in pest control service.

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
  • Blank front yard and back yard spray, cover all anthills, all 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.

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 numbers of winged scouts.  The treatment is the same for moisture ants as for carpenter ants.

Lawn or Pavement Ants

If there was an ant infestation in the surrounding lawn, flowerbed, or garden areas that were not handled, ants may infest buildings. The ant population just grows to the point that it begins to infiltrate the house.  Ants can be treated with spraying, and anthills can be treated by dusting the hill with insecticide dust.  If the customer wants anthills dusted, he or she should flag them somehow if they are not going to be home so that the technician doesn’t miss any.  Especially after rain or after the lawn has been mowed, it can be difficult to find anthills.  Less common are pharaoh ants, which are extremely tiny and infest buildings.  Bait must be used for pharaoh ants instead of spray because they are extremely sensitive to chemicals and will sense a spray application in the vicinity and will scatter, spreading the infestation.

Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh’s ants are little; 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 regularly relocated, and this activity frequently foils eradication attempts.  Pharaoh ants forage long distances, and establish scent trails. Workers tend to trail along edges of door moldings 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 a variety of foods, including baked goods, soft drinks, greases, meats, sweets, fruits and scavenge on dead insects. Pharaoh ants are usually much harder 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 the use of 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. 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.

Prevention

Ant activity may be reduced by practicing good housekeeping, such as sweeping and cleaning the basement or other disused areas of the property, as well as clearing wood heaps and tall grasses away from the residence. Spray both inside and outside the residence to deter future intruders. For labeled pesticides, contact Ecopest. Professional services like Ecopest are required to call when the problem gets out of control. We are the leading pest control service for ants control Edmonton. We have extensive expertise dealing with all types of ant control Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon and Canada, as indisputable specialists in pest control service.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions – Ants Q: How do I recognize a carpenter ant? A: The carpenter ant is a large member of the ant family, measuring three to 12 mm (1/8″ to 1/4″). Colour is either black or black with red. Antennae are elbowed and they have large heads with strong mandibles (jaws) used for chewing. Reproductive forms are winged. Q: Do carpenter ants cause damage? A: Yes. Because carpenter ants tunnel in wood to build their colonies, an infestation can cause serious structural damage if left unchecked. Q: When are carpenter ants most common? A: You are most likely to see swarms of winged (reproductive) carpenter ants in May and June, as this is their mating season. Q: Where am I most likely to find carpenter ants? A: 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. Q: Are carpenter ants hazardous to humans? A: Yes. Since carpenter ants are attracted to foods such as honey, jelly, fruit and meat, they can carry disease germs from one area to another. Although they do not sting, they can inflict bites. Q: What are their breeding habits? Do they multiply quickly? A: Carpenter ants are social insects, living in colonies. Within the colony winged reproductive are not produced until the colony is established, which takes about two to three years. After mating the winged reproductive leave the colony to establish new ones. Once established, an average colony contains 2,000 to 3,000 carpenter ants. Q: Do weather conditions affect the size of a carpenter ant infestation? A: Yes. Warm, moist weather presents ideal conditions for carpenter ant colonies to establish themselves. Q: How can I tell if I have a carpenter ant infestation on my property? A: 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 is an indication of an active nest. Any flying insect in the home is cause for concern and a professional in pest control should be consulted. Q: What can I do to prevent an infestation of carpenter ants? A: 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 kept free of spillage or crumbs. Eliminate old lumber, logs and stumps from around your property and do not store firewood inside die building. In the case of new construction only properly treated lumber should be used.

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