With temperatures fluctuating all over the country, pests are seeking shelter now more than ever. Homeowners expect mice and rats to try sneaking in but smaller pests often fly (or crawl!) under the radar. Even the smallest crack might as well be a neon sign saying “Welcome Bugs”. For most homeowners across Canada, the most common intruders are not spiders or silverfish - but ants! These crawling insects are present all across North America and whether they are carried in or sneak in themselves, ants make bad houseguests.
It is never nice to catch sight of an ant crawling across your countertop but these tiny pests do not seem like much of a threat at first glance. In fact, having ant populations lurking about is bad for your health and for your property itself. Carpenter ants make their homes in the outdoors, near damp or rotting wood. This means heavily wooded properties are at a greater risk of infestation. Natural wood fireplaces are also a prime way for these pests to make their way indoors. Just carrying in a batch of fresh wood inside can bring pest populations in.
No matter how they make their way in, it is important to get insects out as quickly as possible. Instead of staying out in the opened, ants sneak into covered spaces, where they can grow their numbers. For these bugs, building nests means chewing through wooden areas, creeping deeper into your space. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat wood, but they certainly chew through it. Over time, this can leave flooring, beams, drywall and patios looking more like Swiss cheese than a solid foundation.
In the past, the only way to track down colonies and satellite nests was to drill into construction materials, leaving holes behind. Getting rid of an infestation meant replacing construction materials which is expensive and a headache. Now, specialized imaging tools can track these populations without damage while injection rods treat pests directly. You get the best results for your home, commercial or strata properties with none of the mess.