Ant Control & Extermination in Greater Toronto Area

In Toronto, ant control is essential for keeping your home pest-free and peaceful. There are thousands of ant species in the world, but only a few that cause disturbances to humans — including some of the species you find in the GTA. Out of the commonly seen ant species, identifying which is which can be difficult. That’s why getting professional ant control, pest control, and ant extermination in Toronto is necessary.

At 360 Wildlife Control, we provide commercial and residential ant control & ant extermination in Toronto, Mississauga, Markham, and surrounding cities. Not only can we correctly identify what kind of ant you’re dealing with, but we can also make sure to get them out and keep them out.

Life Cycle of Ants

When we talk about the life cycle of ants, we refer to them in four different stages. The first stage is the egg, then the larva, pupa, and finally, the adult.

The egg stage:​ The oval-shaped and tiny eggs that ants produce may or may not fertilize. When the egg is fertilized, it gives rise to the female ants which are the workers, the queens, or the soldiers. The unfertilized eggs result in the development of the male ants. The queens’ eggs tend to be bigger in size compared to others.

The larva stage:​ This is the stage in which the ant is devoid of eyes and legs. It has a worm-like appearance, and it feeds on regurgitated food provided by the adult ants. As they increase in size and develop into other stages, they shed their skin, and new layers are formed to support the new body size.

The pupa stage:​ This signifies the beginning of the adult stage of the ant. After getting to a

particular size in the larva stage, it spins a silk-like cocoon around itself, pupates, and changes into a form similar to the adult.

The adult stage:​ For the next 6-10 weeks, the adult stage is completed. The lifespan of the ant varies: the queen can live up to 15 years while the worker ants can live up to 7 years.

Type of Ants

  • Acrobat Ants (Crematogaster)
  • Argentine ants (Linepithema humile)
  • Asian needle ant (Pachycondyla chinensis)
  • Carpenter ants (Camponotus)
  • Crazy ant (Paratrechina longicornis)
  • Dark rover ants (Brachymyrmex patagonicus)
  • European fire ant (Myrmica rubra)
  • Field ant (Formica)

The Acrobat ants (Crematogaster) have its color vary from red-black, all black, yellow-brown and brown. The workers possess two nodes and have a length of 2.5 to 3mm. The acrobat ant originates its name from the fact that they run with their abdomen held in the air. Although, they do not commonly invade the house, they have the ability to sting and also aggressive.

The Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) possess a body length of 2.2-2.8mm with just a node. They bring out a musty smell when stepped upon, and unlike the Acrobat Ants type, they do not have the ability to sting. Their colors vary from light to dark brown.

Asian needle ant (Pachycondyla chinensis) has a body length of 5mm with just a node. Unlike other types of ants, they are less aggressive with dark brown color. It tends to sting when pressed against the body or get stucked inside the clothes.

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General Facts about Ants

  • More than 12,000 species of ants exist around the world.
  • Bullet ants are said to have the most painful sting out of all of the types of ants. The bullet ant got its name because its sting is often compared to the pain of a gunshot.
  • It’s estimated that fire ants cause more than $750 million in damage each year to agricultural assets. They might be small, but North America’s red imported fire ant has a painful bite that results in a burning sensation.
  • Ants are known for being one of the strongest creatures in the world for their size. In fact, a single ant can carry 50 times its own weight — comparable to this would be a seven-year-old lifting a car. Ants often team up and work in groups to move bigger items.

how to prevent ants

The presence of ants is often determined by the weather. In warm weather, ants are more commonly seen. During this time, it’s especially important to clean up any sugary spills in and around the home that can attract ants.

What are some other ways to prevent ants? Here are some important instructions to follow:

  • Keep the environment clean:​ Making sure your home is properly cleaned is the best preventative measure when it comes to ants (and many other pests)! Once the home and surrounding area is clean, ants won’t find a reason to come in and stick around.
  • Regular dish cleaning:​ Keeping up with dish-washing can help a lot in preventing ants from showing up.
  • Wipe every surface:​ Since ants are attracted to the sweet or sticky substances resulting from spills, ensure that every common surface is wiped to prevent them from finding this food source.
  • Store food in closed containers:​ When food is stored properly and ants are denied access, it helps to promote the prevention of ants in the area.
  • Mend cracks and small entrances into the home:​ Ants can work their way into your home through the tiniest areas, like cracks in the walls and underneath doors.

 

 

 

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