There are an estimated 22,000 species of Ants in the world. We not only have Ants that are native to North America, but we keep getting invaders from other parts of the world. They can either come from Ships, or take the ground route from the South. Argentine Ants, for example, has been becoming a problem which is a native of South America.
Ants mostly encountered in Lower Mainland, BC, are;
Ants are normally dark brown or black in color. It is a serious pest which can cause lot of damage to the property. What makes them especially dangerous that their nests can remain undetected for long periods of time. At times, the only external indication of their presence is the sighting of worker ants in or around your house. If you detect the presence of Carpenter Ants in your house, call a Pest Control specialist promptly. The presence of sawdust can also indicate the infestation. They like the damp/moist wood, and prefer those to make their colonies.
House Ants are also called Odorous House Ants, because of the coconut-like odor they give when squished. It is a native species of North America. Their colonies could be as small as a couple of hundred, to as large as hundreds of thousands. They have multiple queens in one colony. They normally swarm out between May-July. They normally construct their nests close to moist places.
Pavements Ants normally make their nests in pavement cracks, although they can make their nests inside the house as well. They can also have several queens in a colony. Colony size could vary from less than a dozen to four-five thousand. Their presence is detected by the soil they excavate from the ground and pile it up close to entry holes of their nests.
Other common species found in BC include Pharaoh Ants, Fire Ants, Cornfield Ants, Thatching Ants, Ghost Ants, and Argentine Ants. Call our Pest Control Professionals today to deal with your Ant Problem.