Navigating Covid-19: In order to keep homes safe throughout this period, Toodaloo Pest Control will remain open, servicing our communities with updated safety protocols, according to new government standards. Toodaloo technicians are committed to eliminating health hazards posed by pests during this time.March 26, 2020
It is easy to underestimate smaller pests. While spiders might send some property owners running for the hills, ants are easily squashed and forgotten – until they can’t be! Like many other pests, ants travel in groups. It isn’t hard to handle a single pest but when you are dealing with hundreds – or thousands! – things get out of hand quickly. Dealing with an ant problem quickly and professionally can make a world of difference to the end results, as well as the overall condition of your property. Instead of learning to live with unwanted insects, call in a Toodaloo technician for your Coquitlam carpenter ant removal services.
On their own, smaller insects don’t seem to cause a lot of damage but this particular ant species is essentially a miniature demolition crew. In large numbers, these bugs cause structural damage, resulting in the need for costly repairs and replacements. A carpenter ant infestation is trouble for homes, strata spaces as well as commercial and industrial properties, but these invasions don’t just happen over night. Parent colonies almost always begin outdoors but often nearby. Common nesting locations include decaying wood, downed branches, leftover stumps and even manmade areas like wood piles or aging decks and gazebos. These parent colonies can house thousands of ants at any given time, so it is no wonder that things tend to get crowded. Over time, things become cramped and food sources become scarce. When this happens, worker ants spread their wings and fly, foraging for food and looking for a new place to call home.
When ants begin to enter your home, they bring whole colonies with them, growing behind the scenes, under flooring or tucked away in wall voids. Opened doors, windows, air vents and cracked materials can all act as entry points for uninvited guests. Once indoors, ants begin to burrow into both sound, damp and damaged wood in order to find a secure space to build nests. These satellite nests are often made in low-traffic areas and are accessible by a series of tunnels. Wood might not be a standard food source for this ant species but that does not stop them from chewing through it. Homes and buildings under three storeys often have a wooden foundation that are susceptible to burrowing and bites. As carpenter ants nest, beams and foundations are left looking like Swiss cheese. In addition to wooden beams, ants gnaw through flooring, drywall and even furniture.
All across Metro Vancouver, homeowners are quick to run to hardware stores in search of ant traps. In fact, many owners only think to call in professional care for rodent control or more serious pest issues. The reality is that calling pest control services at the first sign of bugs can help to cut costs and keep spaces in good condition.
There are plenty of products on the market, claiming to handle insects great and small but this isn’t the case. Basic ant traps, boric acid and baits might give the impression of putting a dent in insect populations but these just aren’t effective. Trying to save on pest control costs and playing the trial and error game only prolongs infestations, letting insects grow their numbers and making situations worse.
More pests mean more nests and with that, removal becomes that much more difficult. The world of pest control has come a long way in the past decade. In the past, the only way to track and treat satellite nests was to dig into walls and drill into flooring, spraying chemicals into these spaces and hoping for the best. Now, with access to imaging tools and direct injection rods, our Toodaloo technicians are able to isolate and focus on high-traffic areas. Not every property owner is keen to introduce harsh chemicals into their home or workspace. This is why the experts at Toodaloo offer environmentally friendly treatment methods.
When you want results for your pest problem, there is no better way to get there than with a Toodaloo specialist. The pest control industry is always thriving but that does not mean that our experts let quality fall by the wayside. Keeping ahead of the competition means having all the right tools and technique to get the job done right. Ditch infestations, avoid damage and evict insect squatters with help from our pest experts.
Our Toodaloo technicians are fully trained in various methods of pest removal and extermination, capable of handling any job, of any size, professionally and efficiently. Unlike some other pest control companies our removal solutions are environmentally friendly so you know that there are no harmful chemicals being sprayed throughout your home.