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
Nature and wildlife are a huge part of life all across Vancouver Island. As nice as it might be to catch a glimpse of a bird in flight or a deer strolling down a path, watching ants march across your countertop is a different story. These crawling critters are known to take over homes and businesses – unless you call Toodaloo, that is.
Professional Victoria pavement ant removal services can treat infestations of any size, in any property type. Experienced, local pest control services are able to track down colonies, monitor high traffic areas and remove ants from even the most unseen areas.
When it comes to identifying pests, the farthest that most scopes go is “brown to black” with a head and thorax. While most ants look the same to us, they do have very different habits and that means different methods of entry and different risks. For example, carpenter ants tend to chew through wood while pavement ants can often be found around hard or concrete areas.
You may have noticed small mounds of dirt nestled in between the concrete slabs of sidewalks. These mounds are not a coincidence, but are the work of pavement ants. Pavement ant colonies are often found in cracks and crevices around dense construction materials. This means that there are often ants lurking just outside your front door.
There is no end to all of the ways that ants can sneak into your space but an opened door, window, cracks in foundation, walls or even opened ducts and vents can be entry points for uninvited guests. When you want to get rid of pavements ants, it is important to treat populations throughout both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Unlike humans, ants are not always picky about where they lay their heads. Parent colonies often begin in the great outdoors, growing over time. As populations become too large to manage, resources become short and worker ants have to leave their initial nests in order to find new places to stretch their legs.
The interior of homes and businesses are a cozy place for critters to call home. Once inside, workers leave a trail behind them, urging other ants to follow their lead. Before you know it, you are dealing with satellite colonies. When outdoors, this particular brand of pest is known for dislodging dirt. One small ant might not make much of a dent but a few thousand can dislodge soil, leaving uneven concrete, cracks, breaks and weakening. This might lead to costly repairs but indoors, these insects are a threat to health and business.
No matter their size, bugs are unsanitary. Like any other pest, ants are often on the hunt for new food sources, and this often means kitchens. As they march across countertops and other sensitive areas, bacteria is left behind. This is bad enough for a residential space but for a commercial kitchen or restaurant, it can be a a huge issue of liability and leave behind a bad reputation.
When numbers are low, you might be able to go long periods of time without noticing that you have a problem at all but as populations grow, they demand more resources and have to become more obvious when it comes to collecting it. Leaning on ineffective methods like ant baits only prolong infestations, making removal more difficult later on.
It does not take a visual run-in for our Toodaloo technicians to find and identify the satellite colonies or ant nests that live behind walls and under flooring. Our state of the art equipment includes injection rods and thermal imaging to help us get an idea of all the unseen pests in your commercial or residential property.
In addition to removing nests, our experts work to prevent pavement ants from coming back. Removing attractants, like pet food, can help to eliminate the draw for bugs while sealing potential entry points can stop any stragglers from sneaking inside. For the best in local and preventative care, call Toodaloo today.
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.