Ant Control Edmonton

Ants in Edmonton come in various sizes, colors, and types, but they all have one thing in common. They love invading your Edmonton home. As one of the most popular pests, ants are typically drawn into our homes to establish nests and forage for food. Their colonies can contain up to half a million members, so if ants start invading your space, its time to call a pest control professional.

Description And Behavior
Ants are very social insects and live in large colonies. There are two types of ants in a colony: queens and workers. The queen lays eggs while the workers care for the larvae, forage for food and defend the colony. Ant species will differ in the number of queens per colony, as well as how and what time of year the colony reproduces and the type of food they prefer.

Identifying Problem Ants

Pharoah Ant

The Pharaoh ant is very small, workers are typically 2 mm in overall length. Pharaoh ant queens tend to be larger than workers and are up to 4 mm in length. A Pharaoh ants color is nearly transparent yellow to light brown. These ants have two nodes between the thorax and the abdomen.

Field Ant

Measuring approximately 0.2 - 0.4 inches in length, these are small. They are yellow in color and have big eyes and long legs.

Carpenter Ant

Measuring approximately 0.2 - 0.4 inches in length, these are small. They are yellow in color and have big eyes and long legs.

Moisture Ant

Carpenter ants are the largest of the pest ants you can find in Edmonton, ranging anywhere from 0.3 to 1 inches in total length. They are typically black in color but can have a red, or yellowish coloration. Carpenter ants can be identified by the presence of a spike-like, upward protruding node between their thorax and abdomen.

Odorous Ant

Odorous ants range in color from golden-brown, dark brown and black. They are very small measuring 1.5 to 3.2 mm in total body length.

Warning Signs Of An Ant Infestation
There are some warning signs that can indicate your living space has been invaded by ants.

These include:

1. Stray ants wandering around inside
Ant colonies send out scouts to forage for food, and these scouts may show up in your bedroom, family room, bathroom or other locations where roaming ants are unusual.

2. Food becoming overrun
Dirty dishes, unattended food leftovers, food crumbs on the floor, pantry items not sealed in airtight containers, and even dog or cat food bowls are prime targets for ants to show up in numbers if ants have invaded.

3. Colonies outside of your home
Homes or buildings that are infested with ants are usually surrounded by ant nests outside of the structure. It is important to look for activity near or next to the building. Make note of any ants that may be milling around small mounds of dirt. Even though some ant hills may appear small, they have the potential of containing thousands of ants beneath the surface.

How Serious Are Ant Infestations?
Although some ants can cause physical damage to a structure, ants can also pose a health risk by carrying bacteria that may transfer to food, cookware, dishware, and food preparation surfaces. They can be carriers of various disease-causing organisms including E. coli, Streptococcus, Shigella, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus.

Professional Ant Removal For Your Edmonton Property
For effective ant removal, we first need to identify the type of ant responsible for the infestation. Many ant species require help from an experienced exterminator to remove. Tango Down Pest Control Edmonton will confirm characteristics and identify problem ants to implement a specific control and removal program based on species, size, and the overall complexity of the problem. We conduct a report during control processes and inspections that outlines areas of concern as well as recommendations for prevention. Ant control involves the application of commercial pest control products in various forms including dust, liquid spray, bait, and traps. Dust is injected directly into voids where carpenter ants congregate, and liquids and baits are applied where workers are likely to pick the material up and carry it to the colony.

What Can I Do To Help Prevent Ants?
Measures can be taken to better safeguard your home against future ant problems.
These Include:

1. Fixing a leak in your roof, leaking or dripping pipes, eavestrough runoff and drainpipes leaking toward the structure, and other issues that provide a source of moisture

2. Removing food waste, crumbs or residue in kitchen areas, patios, family rooms, etc.

3. Exercise good housekeeping practices and keep indoor and outdoor food preparation areas clean to eliminate any potential food sources

5. Seal up all food or organic waste in sealed containers

4. Sealing up potential entry points, such as cracks, holes or gaps on the outside of your home

5. Clearing away debris that attracts nesting sites from the outside of your home

6. Moving away mulch, cutting back foliage, removing rock piles, boards, firewood, decaying organic matter, and anything else that provides moisture near your home

7. Keeping outdoor waste secured and removed on a regular basis

Although you can attempt to get rid of ants on your own with a do-it-yourself approach, ants can be tenacious and your efforts may not stick. Trusting your ant problem to a professional exterminator can save you time, money, hassles and headaches in the long run. Tango Down Pest Control can manage all types ants in the Edmonton region. We have extensive training and experience recognizing what type of ants you have and what pest control methods and products work best. Trust us, and we'll send those ant's marching! Schedule your appointment today!

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