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Ants are one of those pests that seem to come out of nowhere and are also difficult to eradicate. They are common in Ottawa, particularly during months when it’s warm. Ants can turn into a huge bother and may even harm wood (in the case of carpenter ants). These little creatures should never be inside your business, as an infestation could damage your brand’s positive reputation. At Rentokil Steritech, we are well equipped to handle your ant problems at your commercial or residential premises.
Multiple kinds of ants are commonly encountered in Ottawa, such as:
Learn more about ant types in Ottawa here, and be sure to contact us if you’ve seen ants meandering inside your property. We will come out and take care of the problem with our ant control treatments that work. Our specialists are ready to fight ant infestations and we will help ensure the ants are removed.
Pharaoh ants are one ant commonly found in Ottawa. Worker Pharaoh ants are about 1/16 inch long and pale. Queen Pharaoh ants are longer (about ⅛ inch in length) and a bit darker; males of this species are black and around 1/16 inch.
You should know that Pharaoh ants take up nesting in humidity and warmth - and in close proximity to water or food. Their colonies can have thousands of ants and these pests do not have swarming flights. Pharaoh ant colonies also have more than one queen.
These ants favor foods with sugar but they can also consume insects. You may not notice Pharaoh ants, as they are small and their trails can be located behind walls and cabinets.
What are some other ants you may see at your Ottawa property? Pavement ants fall into this group. They are not large; queens of this species are around ¼ inch in length and worker ants are around 1/16 to ⅛ inch long. As for color, they are light brown to black. They can live under the sidewalk or rocks.
Carpenter ants are larger ants (workers are ⅛ inch to ½ inch) and queens can be from ½ inch to ⅝ inch long. Carpenter ants are not the same as termites because they do not actually eat wood. Conversely, they make hollow spaces in it and this can result in property damage. Carpenter ant nests may be located in decaying wood that is moist, such as homes where wood is rotting. They can also be found in walls and attics.
Little black ants are also present in Ottawa. These ants are about about 1/16 inch long (that’s quite small) and dark brown to black in color. Colonies contain more than one queen and can be situated under stones, wood and other objects, or in the soil in the lawn.
Besides the other ants, you may also experience problems with European fire ants, which are reddish-brown and little. Worker European fire ants are around 3/16 inch in length. A nest can include multiple queens.
European fire ants are defensive of their habitat. They can sting, which can produce redness and a burning feeling. In the case of any serious reaction to a sting (European fire ant or other pest), get medical help right away.
Do you keep noticing ants showing up on your Ottawa property? We recommend you contact an ant professional as soon as possible to investigate the problem. An expert will understand ants and will use that expertise to implement a control strategy. Although you may encounter different kinds of ants in Ottawa and feel like you’re not sure what to do, Rentokil Steritech will help get rid of them. You simply need to ask for help.
After you get in touch, one of our specialists will conduct an inspection at your premises. Be prepared to discuss the issue with us so we can learn more about where the ant nest could be located or find where the ants are originating. Kitchens and food storage tend to be good places for ants to get food.
Your specialist will also pinpoint the ant species that is causing you problems, so we can use the proper treatment for that specific ant and ensure the infestation is eliminated. Using Rentokil Steritech to fight ant issues is the best way to get rid of ants in Ottawa. Contact us today to start the ant control process!