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ANTS ENTRY POINTS IN HOMES AND NON-CHEMICAL CONTROL

ANTS ENTRY POINTS IN HOMES AND NON-CHEMICAL CONTROL

ANTS EXTERMINATOR SURREY

Ants have been around for millions of years and are true survivors.  They view your home as a source of water, food or shelter and they will invade. Following are  the point of entry of ants in to your home.

POSSIBLE AREA OF ENTRY AND TREATMENT

possible entry points of carpenter ants

1.Door Frames and kick plates

2.In and behind kitchen and bathroom cabinets
3.Areas where decks, patios, or steps butt against the outer siding
4.Porch framing including ceilings and columns
5.Soffits
6.Wood touching the ground.
7.Treating beneath roof shingles and behind rain gutters
8.Framing of garage doors
9.Pipe chases in the kitchen, baths, laundry room, and basement pluming area
10.Window frames
11.crawl spaces vent.
12.cavities of infested trees
13.wall voids
14.Under the siding around the house
Garage
This is the largest entry point into your home for all kinds of insects. Even if you close your garage door, there are still many ways for ants to access different points of entry into your home through the garage. Clutter, lawn tools, dog food, bird food, all will attract foraging ants.
Pipes
Pipes give ants direct access to your home, often directly into your kitchen.  They can run the pipes to all levels of the home and into your rooms.
Trees, Shrubs & Vegetation
Ants when foraging may travel to the tops of trees & shrubs in search of food.  Often, if the limbs of the trees or shrubs are touching your home, they will travel over these and gain direct access into the house. Prune any branches that touch walls, fences or the ground so ants cannot find alternate routes into the home
Cracks & Crevices
When you first notice a trail of ants in your house, follow it to its entry point and caulk all holes and cracks around it..Ants can get into even the most tightly sealed structure.  If there is even an opening as small as 1/64th of an inch they can gain access into your home.  Small gaps around windows and doors will allow access into your home.  Gaps in siding or even “weep” holes in brick structures will facilitate entry.  In areas that can’t be sealed, leave a small, low wattage night light on for a few nights in the area of most ant activity. The change in light can disrupt and discourage their foraging patterns.
Fences, Arbors & Decks
Fences are made to keep things out of your yard, but it can also help for small insects like ants to gain access inside your home. Since your deck is attached to your home, the posts that help keep the deck up is also being used as a foraging trail. Arbors are mostly used to grow vines to make a nice shady spot to relax outdoors, but now you have a highway for ants into your home.  If touching the structure, all of these offer easy and quick access into your home.
Air-conditioning Compressor
The compressor creates moisture/water, which ants search for during the hot summer months.  Once found, the ants will begin a new colony and eventually run the compressor lines into the house.
Gutter Down Spouts
Down spouts offer ants a moist and protected way of getting from the ground into the upper locations of your home.  They can enter through soffit vents and gain access to the interior attic.  They will then set up a colony that can reach huge numbers before being noticed.

  HOW TO CONTROL ANTS WITHOUT PESTICIDE USE

  1. Using white chalk around door thresholds or window frames is somewhat effective. Simply draw a heavy chalk line across the entry point. The ants will not cross the line. Chalk also has the advantage of being able to be used on vertical surfaces.
  2. Placing cornmeal or cream of wheat in the entry path is very effective. For some reason ants cannot digest cornmeal or cream of wheat. After consuming it they die very quickly.
  3. A 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water sprayed on the entry points and on pantry shelving we found very effective.
  4. Keep a small spray bottle handy, and spray the ants with a bit of soapy water.
  5. Set out cucumber peels or slices in the kitchen or at the ants’ point of entry. Many ants have a natural aversion to cucumber. Bitter cucumbers work best.
  6. Leave a few tea bags of mint tea near areas where the ants seem most active. Dry, crushed mint leaves or cloves also work as ant deterrents.
  7. Trace the ant column back to their point of entry. Set any of the following items at the entry area in a small line, which ants will not cross: cayenne pepper, citrus oil (can be soaked into a piece of string), lemon juice, cinnamon or coffee grounds.
  8. Mix a half teaspoon each of honey, borox, and aspartame in small bottles. Place bottles on their sides, with lids off, in areas of most ant activity. Ants will carry the bait back to their colonies. Important: use indoors only; must be kept away from pets and children.
  9. Peppermint oil–a few drops in a spray bottle of water will kill them. It will also prevent them from coming back.
  10. Ring your house with used coffee grounds and other acidic natural byproducts.
  11. Spray bottle with vinegar works too.
  12. Try Boric Acid. It’s natural, safe and it works . Ants take small quantities of bait back to their nest to share with their nest mates. In this way the entire nest can sometimes be eliminated.
  13. Baits may take several weeks to kill the ants. At first you may see more ants coming to the bait, but after a few days to a week you should see a significant reduction.When ants are gone, remove the bait so you don’t attract more ants.
  14. Use insecticidal dusts such as diatomaceous earth (DE) in wall voids and cracks before they are sealed.Use a hand duster to apply DE and wear a dust mask and goggles. DE has little toxicity to humans or pets,but kills insects by absorbing their outer waxy coating, causing dehydration and death.
  15. Use sticky barriers around the trunk of a tree or bush to prevent ants from protecting aphids and other “honeydew”- producing insects.
  16. Baking soda can deter ants – pour a solid line in areas of activity and they won’t cross it.
  17. A puree blend of orange peel and water can be applied to an area to discourage ants from crossing.
  18. Chili pepper, black pepper, and cinnamon work well. Sprinkle it around the entry point or along the ant trail. In most cases the ants will not cross it and make a hasty retreat.
Consult with a licensed pest control operator if above mentioned tips does not work. Hiring an experienced, responsible pest control professional can increase your chance of success in getting rid of ants. If you hire an expert, be sure it’s a company with a good reputation.

ANTS EXTERMINATOR NEW WESTMINISTER

Updated: December 2, 2013 — 1:24 am

ANTS PREVENTION IN AND OUTSIDE HOMES

Carpenter ants

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carpenter ants prevention is achieved by taking care of conditions both inside and outside which make them to invade your house. Hereare some point you should keep in mind to make your home less attractive to ants.  Ant prevention is the greenest thing you can do to get rid of carpenter ants .

Inside:
  1. Clean up spilled food and beverages. Clean and sanitize food surfaces to keep crumbs and spills from attracting  ants. Vacuum or sweep under appliances regularly.
  2. Take out the trash of your kitchen every day before going to bed.
  3. Rinse out jars and containers before you place them in trash cans and recycling bins.
  4. After feeding the pets make sure no left over food is there.
  5. Store the food in pest proof container.
  6. Make sure the doors and window are properly sealed off.

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Outside:
  1. There should be no tree limbs, vines, or shrubs which contact eaves roof or upper siding.  A very few people can stay on top of exterior vegetation and keep it trimmed away on a constant basis. carpenter ants eat other insects and aphid secretions.Contacting vegetation allows easy access to nearby food sources.
  2. The siding of your home should not contact any substance – no landscaping materials- including beauty bark, play chips, sand, gravel, and or leaf debris.  This includes all types of siding, including concrete, vinyl, brick, and wood.
  1. Many species of carpenter ants nest in wet and or decaying wood.Using wooden landscaping such as cherry toned timbers, treated lumber, or railroad ties in your landscaping is like installing incubators for ant populations that may later
  2. Seal doors and windows.
  3. Keep rain gutters clean to prevent moisture inside walls.Keep your gutters clean, makes sure down-spouts drain away from your home.Make sure your sub area is well ventilated and your bathroom well caulked
  4. Put firewood up off the ground and away from your house.

Consult with a licensed pest control operator if above mentioned tips does not work. Hiring an experienced, responsible pest control professional can increase your chance of success in getting rid of ants. If you hire an expert, be sure it’s a company with a good reputation.

ANTS REMOVAL FROM HOME VANCOUVER

Updated: December 2, 2013 — 1:24 am

ANTS CONTROL

 Ants control

Odorous House

This ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smells it gives off when crushed and the fact that they commonly nest in or around houses. Native to the United States, these ants are very social, living in colonies of up to 100,000 members.

Size: 1/16″to 1/8″

Shape: Segmented, Oval

Color: Brown or Black

Legs: 6Wings: VariesAntenna: Yes

Odorous house ants like to eat dead insects and sugary sweets, especially melon.

HABITAT

Typically living for several years, these ants commonly make their homes in exposed soil, under stones, logs, mulch, debris and other items. They will also nest in wall and floor cracks.

IMPACT

Odorous House ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food by leaving waste behind.

ANTS CONTROL

  • Avoid using other individuals’ combs, hats, towels, etc.
  • Eliminate standing water for ants control. Pests, such as ants, mosquitoes and termites, are attracted to moisture.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house for ants control. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home.
  • Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.

Pavement Ants control

Although these ants can live inside, they get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. They are typically found in the eastern half of the United States, California and Washington. Pavement ant colonies average 3,000 to 4,000 members and have several queens.

Size: 1/8″

Shape: Segmented, Oval

Color: Dark Brown to Black

Legs: 6Wings: VariesAntenna: Yes

DIET

These ants will eat almost anything, including insects, grease, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts and cheese.

HABITAT

This ant gets its name because it most commonly nests in soil next to and beneath slabs, sidewalks, patios, and driveways. Indoors, pavement ants nest under a building’s foundation and within hollow foundation walls.

IMPACT

Pavement ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food by leaving waste behind.

PREVENTION AND ANTS CONTROL

  • Eliminate standing water for ants control. Pests, such as ants, mosquitoes and termites, are attracted to moisture.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home.
  • Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.

Red Imported Fire Ants control

Red Imported Fire Ants are more aggressive than other ant species and have a painful sting. These ants and their telltale mound nests should be actively avoided. Red Imported Fire Ants can adapt to many climates and conditions in and around their environment. For example, if the colony senses increased water levels in their nests, they will come together and form a huge ball or raft that is able to float on the water!

Size: 1/8″ to 3/8″

Shape: Segmented, Oval

Color: Dark Reddish Brown

Legs: 6Wings: VariesAntenna: Yes

DIET

They primarily feed on vegetation.

HABITAT

Red imported fire ants will build their nests in mounds of soil outdoors, in landscape areas or near a building’s foundation. They occasionally enter buildings through holes or cracks in walls and foundations.

IMPACT

The sting of a Red Imported Fire Ant is painful and often results in a raised welt that becomes a white blister. Persons allergic to insect stings will react more severely. They are frustrating, not only because of the physical pain they can inflict, but because their mound-building activity can damage plant roots and lead to loss of crops.

PREVENTION AND ANTS CONTROL

  • Eliminate standing water for ants cotnrol. Pests, such as ants, mosquitoes and termites, are attracted to moisture.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house for ants control. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home.
  • Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home for ants control. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.

Argentine Ants control

This species of ant is native to Argentina and Brazil and was probably introduced to the United States in freight ships around the 1890’s. These ants can be found in southern states and in California, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Oregon and Washington

Size: 1/16″to 1/4″

Shape: Segmented, Oval

Color: Dark brown to blackand shiny

Legs: 6Wings: VariesAntenna: Yes

Argentine Ants prefer sweet substances but will eat almost anything including meats, eggs, oils and fats. Also, when foraging for food, Argentine ants leave pheromone trails everywhere they go, instead of just from nest to food source. This habit ensures they do not waste time visiting the same area twice. While in other ant species worker ants are primarily responsible for gather food, Argentine queens also assist with foraging for food.DIET

HABITAT

Argentine ant colonies are located in wet environments near a food source. These colonies can grow to monumental size, sometimes covering entire habitats, such as an entire garden or your whole back yard.

IMPACT

Argentine ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food by leaving their bodily waste behind.

PREVENTION

  • Eliminate standing water for ants control. Pests, such as ants, mosquitoes and termites, are attracted to moisture.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house for ants control. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home.
  • Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.

Cornfield ants control

Cornfield ants are very abundant outdoors. They are light to dark brown; workers are about 1/10 inch long. Cornfield ants have the following characteristics: 1) petiole with one node, 2) thorax is uneven in profile (workers only), 3) relatively large eyes compared to head, and 4) first antennal segment (also called scape) is not considerably longer than head [compare with false honey ants].

Size: 1/10 inch long

Shape: Segmented, Oval

Color: light to dark brown

Legs: 6Wings: VariesAntenna: Yes

DIET

Sweets, including honeydew (they are sometimes found feeding on honeydew from insects infesting houseplants) and live and dead insects

HABITAT

In soil, forming small craters, especially in lawns. They also nest in soil under stones, bricks, sidewalks and other concealed sites, as well as rotting logs and stumps. They rarely nest in homes

IMPACT

Argentine ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food by leaving their bodily waste behind.

PREVENTION

  • Eliminate standing water for ans control. Pests, such as ants, mosquitoes and termites, are attracted to moisture.
  • Check for and treat nest in the lawn and other nearby areas for ants control. If nest are not obvious teat the building perimeter with a residual spray .
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home.
  • Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home for ants control. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.

Pharoah ants

Pharaoh ants are an imported species, probably from the tropical regions of Africa. They have readily spread through the world along commerce routes. Although they can nest in any heated building in the north central states, Pharaoh ants are most commonly found in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and apartments. Seeing persistent numbers of very small ants during winter suggests Pharaoh ants.

Size: 1/16″

 Shape: Segmented, Oval
Color: are light yellow to red
Legs: 6Wings: VariesAntenna: Yes

DIET

They feed on a wide variety of foods, especially those containing grease or fats. They also feed on many types of sweets, dead insects, toothpaste, soap and other foods that other ants rarely attack. They often seek out water in kitchens and bathrooms.

HABITAT

These ants nest strictly indoor .  they do not survive outdoors. They take advantage of their small size and nest in a wide variey of small spaces, cracks and crevices, including behind countertops, baseboards, in wall voids, and  many other small voids.

IMPACT

Argentine ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food by leaving their bodily waste behind.

PREVENTION

Elimination of Pharaoh ants is difficult and the service of an experienced pest management service is recommended. Insecticides can cause Pharaoh ants to bud, creating new colonies. The use of baits is strongly recommended. Baits available to the public usually are not effective against Pharaoh ants. Professional pest management services have the experience and access to effective baits needed to successfully eliminate Pharaoh ants.

Call ideal pest control AT 604-543-1457 to eliminate them from your home and business

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Updated: December 2, 2013 — 1:55 am

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARPENTER ANT AND TERMITE

Difference Between Carpenter Ant and Termite
To the average homeowner, it can be a challenge to determine whether those small, dark, swarming insects inside the home are Carpenter Ants or Termites. Here are a few key indicators that can help you tell the difference between carpenter ant and termite.
TERMITE
CARPENTER ANT
WINGS
       1  Has four wings that are of equal size and shape. Its wings are also longer than its body.
       2. Carpenter Ants often have a black dot on   the tip of the front wings, and their dark wing veins will be highly visible
       3. Termite wings are paddled-shaped
       4.Termite wings break off very easily, with barely a touch. Carpenter. Sometimes you can see broken wings in areas where swarming Termites have been active
1.has four wings, with the back, hind wings shorter than its front, fore wings.
2.You will not be able to see the veins in a Termite wing with the naked eye.
3.Carpenter Ant wings are pointed.
 4.Carpenter Ant wings do not break easily.
Antennae
Termites have an almost straight antennae.
The ants antennae are elbowed.
Difference in Body Shape
 Termites have a broad waist, with only 2 segments.
Carpenter Ants have a thin, narrow waist and have 3 distinct segments.
Metamorphosis
Termites go through a gradual metamorphosis.Termites go through the egg, nymph and adult stages.
Ants will go from a egg, to a larvae, then pupa and finally to the adult stage in what is called complete metamorphosis. The adult ant worker is an adult and looks like an adult ant.
Termite galleries
Wood galleries caused by Termites are accompanied by piles of small, hard, seed-like fecal pellets that do not resemble frass or contain wood shavings and insect parts.
 Carpenter Ant galleries
Galleries hollowed out by Carpenter Ants are smooth and clean, and are accompanied by piles of fine sawdust and insect parts, called “frass”.
 
 
WORKER
 Termite workers are transparent, light or creamy white in color and avoid light. So they are not often seen unless their nest is disturbed.
 
Ant workers are reddish or dark colored and are frequently seen in the open foraging for food.
MUD TUBE
A mud tube indicates the definite presence or previous presence of termites. These are tubes built on the outside of walls or between the soil and wood through which the termites travel
No mud tubes.

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Updated: December 2, 2013 — 2:01 am

CARPENTER ANT COLONY STRUCTURE AND PREVENTION

CARPENTER ANT COLONY STRUCTURE AND PREVENTION

CARPENTER ANT

  Ten species of carpenter ants are native to British Columbia; the most important pest species on the West Coast is a big black ant, with the scientific name Campanotus modoc. A black ant with a reddish, middle section, called Campanotus vicinus, is more common in drier areas


Even though these two carpenter ant species have different colouring, they both have one-segmented pedicel (the segment between the thorax and the abdomen) and the profile of the thorax is evenly rounded and not bumpy. All carpenter ant species have these characteristics.


Carpenter ant nests consist of smooth, clean tunnels and excavations in wood that run with or against the grain. In contrast, subterranean termite tunnels are lined with a mud-like material and always run in the same direction as the wood’s grain.

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A carpenter ant colony is often composed of a series of nests. The main nest, or parent nest, is usually located outdoors, often in woodpiles, logs, stumps, or trees – sometimes several feet above the ground. The nest contains the queen, some workers, larvae and pupae. It may be joined by sub-nests, or satellite nests, containing workers, and older larvae and pupae. Carpenter ant workers are polymorphic–which means workers are different sizes. Each colony has at least one queen, the egg-laying colony member. There may be more than one queen in a colony.

The colony’s reproduction takes place in the parent nest where the queen lays eggs. Larvae hatch from the eggs, are cared for and later may be transported to satellite nests. There, the larvae will undergo pupation and complete their metamorphosis to become adult workers.

It is the satellite nest that is most often encountered in structures. A satellite nest is often established in an area where wood has become moist. Common sites include wood around leaking chimney flashing, attics, skylights, bathtubs, windowsills, door frames, porch supports, columns, soffits, wood siding and shingles, and flat roofs. Carpenter ants also will nest in Fiberglas and foam insulation. 

When a colony gets very large it may produce winged reproductive, called swarmers .Swarming usually occurs during warmer months.Black carpenter ant swarms are more commonly observed from March-June. The males are much smaller than the females and often emerge a few days earlier.

The diet of carpenter ants is quite varied and includes living and dead insects, honeydew from aphids, sweets, meat and fats. They do not eat wood. Workers leave the colony in late afternoon or early evening, forage during the night and return to the colony in the early morning hours.

Carpenter ants carry food back to the nest intact or ingested and later feed it to non-foraging members in the nest. These ants may forage several hundred feet from the nest to search for food.

Carpenter Ant Prevention

To prevent further carpenter ant infestations, trim all trees and bushes so branches do not touch the house. Eliminate other unnecessary vegetation touching the structure. Correct moisture problems such as leaky roofs, rain gutters and downspouts. Paint and/or seal exposed wood construction before it becomes wet. Replace previously ant- or termite-infested wood, rotted, or water-damaged wooden parts of the structure and eliminate wood/soil contacts. Remove dead stumps on the property and store firewood off the ground and away from the structure.

If you got carpenter ants problem and want to get a professional help call ideal pest control at 604-543-1457.

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Updated: December 2, 2013 — 2:08 am
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