Ants in Southern Ontario
Ants are very social insects , they are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and the distinctive node-like structure that forms their slender waists. There are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world. In Ontario we have some types of ants that are more common then others , if you discover any of the following Ants in your home , and need help removing them for the long term , then call the Platinum Pest Control Team !
Carpenter ant species reside both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. They cut "galleries" into the wood grain to provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest. Certain parts of a house, such as around and under windows, roof eaves, decks and porches, are more likely to be infested by carpenter ants because these areas are most vulnerable to moisture.
Carpenter ants are well known for their ability to damage wooden structures. They are also a nuisance in homes as they search for food. Carpenter ants eat both plant and animal matter. Their natural food sources are insects, other small invertebrates, and sweet body fluids from aphids and other insects. Protein and sweet foods found in and around homes also provide food for foraging workers. Carpenter ants build nests by burrowing into wood. They do not ingest the wood , however they do chew it and use it for nests .
Species known to invade homes in Canada include the carpenter ant, the little black ant, the odorous house ant, the thief ant, and the pharaoh ant. Pavement ants can become a nuisance in lawns, gardens, and pathways, as well as indoors.