Dealing with Ant Control in Calgary and Surrounding Area

Ants are one of the most successful groups of insects. They are social insects that live in colonies which are usually located in the ground, but they may enter buildings for shelter and/or food. Ants feed on practically every kind of food, but those entering homes are looking for sweets and/or protein-containing substances. About 700 species of ants occur in the United States and Canada. Of these, only about 25 species commonly infest homes. The biology and habits of each ant species are different, so a detailed knowledge of these for each species is necessary for effective control.


Types of ants you might find in your home:

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood.
Carpenter ants range in size from one-quarter inch for a worker ant to up to three-quarters inch for a queen.

carpenter ant

Carpenter Ant Facts
Color | Varies depending on species, from red to black or a combination. The two most common species are black.
Legs | Six
Shape | Segmented; oval
Size | 5/8" long
Antennae | Yes
Flying | No
Region | Canada and USA

Habits
All species mainly attack wood that is or has been wet and damaged by mould. Even though these ants first invade wet, decayed wood, they may soon begin building paths through dry, undamaged wood. They usually come into buildings through cracks around doors, windows, or through holes for wires. They will also crawl along overhead wires, shrubs, or tree limbs that touch the building far above the ground.

Habitat
Carpenter ants build their nests outdoors in various wood sources, including tree stumps, firewood or landscaping. They need a constant water source to survive. They will enter homes through wet, damaged wood.

Threats
Carpenter ants damage wood through their nest building. If they gain entry to a structure, they pose a property threat.

Prevention
Because carpenter ants require a water source, eliminate sources of moisture or standing water. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.


*Information from the National Pest Management Association

Odorous House Ants

This ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny insects range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long.

Odorous ant

Odorous House Ant Facts
Color | Brown or black
Legs | 6
Shape | Segmented; oval
Size | 1/16"-1/8" long
Antennae | Yes
Flying | No
Region | Canada and the USA

Habits
Odorous house ants like to eat sweets, especially melon.

Habitat
Typically living for several years, these ants make their homes in exposed soil and wall cracks.

Threats
These ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided.

Prevention
Eliminate standing water. Pests such as odorous house ants are attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.


*Information from the National Pest Management Association

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. They can infest structures.

pavement ant

Pavement Ant Facts
Color | Dark brown to blackish
Legs | 6
Shape | Segmented; oval
Size | 1/8" long
Antennae | Yes
Flying | No
Region | Canada and the USA

Habits
These ants will eat almost anything, including insects, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts and cheese.

Habitat
These ants live in or under pavement cracks.

Threats
These ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided

Prevention
Eliminate standing water. Pests, such as ants, are attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.


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