We Remove Carpenter Ants in Toronto Homes & Businesses
Carpenter ants live and nest in water damaged or rotten wood. They don’t digest the wood, but instead will use it to build and expand their nests. These ants can cause severe structural damage in buildings if the infestation is left for too long. If the ants have wings, they are the reproductive queens and males. This suggests that the colony has been there for a long time and may be even more difficult to eliminate. ICE specializes in Carpenter ant removal in Toronto. Articles have even been written in the Toronto Star referencing our successes and methods.
You might also be interested to learn:
- Carpenter ants are among the largest ants found in homes and live in colonies containing three castes consisting of winged and wingless queens, winged males and workers of different sizes.
- Adults are usually black with some species containing red, brown or yellow on parts of the body and legs.
- Eggs are about 1/8-inch long, cream coloured and oval.
- Larvae are legless and grub-like, later pupating in tough silken, tan-coloured cocoons erroneously referred to as “ant eggs.”
Damages caused by Carpenter Ants
Treatment of Carpenter Ants in Toronto
The removal of carpenter ants requires a four-step treatment program. First, we will inspect your property and treat the attic with a static-electrifying machine that blows out a dust that will affix itself to walls and beams. This dusting system eliminates any nesting in the attic space. Step two will include a full home spray including all baseboards, window and door frames. This treatment is completely harmless once dried (about four hours). The third step is to find and eliminate the nest, which is essential for success. The fourth step is to administer an exterior spray. This is done in the spring and summer months in order for it to work to its full effect.
Requirements for Carpenter Ant Removal
For the treatment to be successful, anyone under the age of six or who is pregnant must be out for 24 hours, and anyone else (including pets) needs to be out for 4 hours.
This four-step program is done with one appointment and comes with a 1-year guarantee. We request that you clear the attic entrance and remove clothes or items on the top shelf if the entrance is in a closet. We would also ask that you remove light furniture, children’s toys and other items away from the walls so baseboards are accessible.
At ICE Pest, our technicians specialize in the treatment, removal and control of ants in Toronto, as well as Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Burlington and surrounding areas of the GTA. We also provide removal services for other pests and wildlife including: raccoons, bats, mice, skunks, ticks, and wasps.