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
There is never a good time to have an insect infestation inside your home or workplace. In addition to being creepy, certain types of insects can be harmful to both your property and your overall health. Spotting a line of ants trailing your floor or counter might give you the creeps, but it can also mean structural damage and food contamination – yuck! Leaving these intruders to gnaw through the wooden materials around your home, means costly repairs over time. Instead of letting these uninvited guests eat you out of house and home, let the experts at Toodaloo save the day with our Surrey carpenter ant removal.
Ants may be small but they are mighty opponents once they find their way inside. At first, these insects build their nests outdoors, usually near wooded areas. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood, but gnaw on it. This habit makes damp areas an ideal place to call home. Tree stumps, wood piles, or even older sheds or gazebos are known to house an ant nest – or ten! Over time, populations grow and these pests outgrow their home. It is at this point that winged worker ants take off on an adventure to find a new home. This might sound like a great adventure story, but it is not all fun and games if they decide their new home is actually yours.
It is simple enough to squish or ignore the odd bug here or there but leaving them over long periods can mean serious damage. One ant taking one bite out of hardwood or a roofing beam will not cause much damage – heck, you might not ever even notice that it was there. A full colony, however, is made up of hundreds of thousands of mouths, chewing around the clock. This habit can leave important materials looking more like swiss cheese than a healthy structure. Satellite nests are formed when workers choose a spot, deciding to settle down. In order to conceal themselves, holes are chewed through both weakened and sound wood. This means wall voids, flooring, attics, damaged wood, basements and even furniture are at the mercy of these pests. This is what makes getting rid of carpenter ants so difficult.
Afters years of industry experience, the technicians at Toodaloo Pest Control can spot an ant hole from a mile away. For property owners without this particular type of skill set, identifying an infestation can be tough. It may be seeing the ant itself or noticing a small pile of sawdust gathered near a wall but these small indicators are sometimes the only clues that you get. Luckily, local pest control services have all the tools, training and technique to get rid of your infestation, while preventing carpenter ants from coming back!
Proper pest management is about more than just throwing down a few traps and hoping for the best. Many property owners are quick to throw down a mixture of boric acid and attractants but this is not a good solution. DIY baits and poisons are not only ineffective, but they can be dangerous. For most insects, their food sources are similar to ours, which means they will often hang out around kitchens or food prep areas, so poisoning them means having poison next to where you eat! This is bad enough for adults but for children and pets, it becomes an even greater health risk.
Calling Toodaloo Pest Control means expert carpenter ant treatments performed safely and efficiently for your home, commercial or strata space. In the past, the methods for tracking down high traffic areas and nests were clumsy to say the least. Because they operate primarily behind walls, the only way to get a visual on activity was to drill into walls and flooring, hoping to get a glimpse of a satellite colony. Flash forward a decade or two and there is a whole new world of technology at the ready for less invasive treatments, with a higher success rate. By using expert imaging tools, our specialists can find out where a carpenter ant nest is located without damaging materials. From here, injection rods can be used to treat these problem areas directly, cutting down on exposed areas while getting the most bang for your buck.
In addition to years of experience in the industry, one of the added bonuses of choosing Toodaloo for your pest control needs is that each member of our team is local to your area. Instead of waiting months for services, home and business owners can have their properties treated in a timely way at a competitive rate. In the case of severe infestations, one treatment (no matter how thorough) may not be enough to get rid of populations completely. Instead of just spraying solutions and calling it a day, our team of experts work with clients to provide any necessary aftercare or answer any questions that clients might have about their service.
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.