For the average homeowner, it can be a challenge to find out if the tiny, dark-colored, winged insects that are swarming all over their house are carpenter ants or termites. They both look the same to the naked eye – black with wings – and many people have trouble telling them apart. However, a treatment for carpenter ants is very different from a termite treatment, so being able to tell them apart could save you a lot of trouble and money in the long run.
While both are a dreadful pest, known particularly for their destructive nature, there are plenty of differences in their size, appearance, nest formation, and the extent of damage they cause. Here are a few key indicators to help you differentiate between them:
1) Wings of different length and shape
As if colonies comprised of millions of fiery Argentine ants, carpenter ants, pavement ants, Pharaoh, or thief ants weren’t already a full plate for Canadian homeowners, a non-native species – more aggressive and potentially dangerous to humans, pets, and livestock – has been making its way into our country. The European fire ant, Myrmica rubra, a common species of red ants found all over Europe and in some parts of Asia, has first been spotted in British Columbia in 2010 and has since been reported in several regions in Richmond, Ontario, Burnaby, Toronto, Victoria, North Vancouver, and Courtenay. Although they share the same name, they are only distant relatives of the “real” fire ants of the Solenopsis species.
Despite their similarity to native species in appearance, experts warn that the European fire ants are more difficult to kill and can deliver a vicious sting to both humans and animals even without being provoked.
Season eight of HGTV’s Income Property will premiere September 19th at 10pm on HGTV Canada, and we are excited to announce that GreenLeaf Pest Control will be appearing in two episodes! For the show, we performed residential pest removal treatments for two properties, which included treatment for rats and carpenter ants. The second episode, which will air on December 12th, should be a real treat, as we will be treating a home that had a serious carpenter ant infestation problem. Each episode should prove to be both entertaining and educational as you will learn what signs to look for when dealing with invading pests as well as what you can do to remove them from your home. We are honored to be a part of this great show and hope you check us out this fall and winter as we deal with some nasty, intruding pests. Look out for us in episodes 93 and 104, which air on September 19th and December 12th respectively.
When ants have made themselves at home in the walls of your Toronto house, the only recourse you have at that point is the expertise of an ant control professional. Once ants have gained access to your home, they will be relentless in their attempts to return even after the first wave has been exterminated. Ants have a strategy, which includes hiding and protecting the queen. The queen produces the ants from a nest, or nests, which will often be found in a home’s insulation. To rid your home of ants and prevent further invasions, professional ant control in Toronto is the only surefire way to go.
If you have an ant control problem in your Vaughan home, you are probably already aware that you rarely find just one ant. Although a worker ant will venture out to find food for the colony, ants live in colonies, and where there is one ant, there are many ants who will multiply quickly if left to their own devices. That is why contacting professional ant control in Vaughan is essential if you discover that you have any ants in your home.