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Ants

Red imported fire ants (RIFAs, for short) get their common name from their ability to inflict painful bites and stings. These dark reddish-brown ants are an invasive species found throughout the southern part of Canada. Red imported fire ants usually nest in soil near structural foundations or in landscaping. Although these fire ants are often found outdoors, they can gain access to buildings through HVAC systems and AC units. Once inside these ants have been known to gnaw on electrical wiring and clothing, especially if the clothing has been soiled.Fire ants can severely injure lawns, humans, young birds who disturb a nest. The sting of a red imported fire ant is painful and often results in a raised welt that becomes a white pustule. Often, a person stung by red imported fire ants will receive multiple stings from more than one of the ants. Persons allergic to insect stings will react more severely to red ant stings.

ant bite
Anyone in contact with ants is at risk of ant bites or stings if they are in an area where ants build their nests
Carpenter Ant
Carpenter ants construct extensive tunneling systems.

Carpenter Ant Service

Most people envision carpenter ants devouring their homes. The truth is carpenter ants search your home for areas of moisture and concentrate on those areas. There are certain aspects of homes that create opportunities of moisture. Carpenter ants search out those areas and ‘help themselves’ so to speak. Our technicians look for these problematic areas as a starting point to rid your home of these unwanted visitors.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants get their name because they make nests in or under cracks in pavement. These ants are dark brown to black in color and will enter structures in search of food. Pavement ants are most often found in buildings with ground-level masonry walls. Once inside they will nest in walls, insulation and under floors. Outside, these black ants typically nest under stones, pavement cracks and next to buildings.  While these black pavement ants do not pose a public health risk, they can contaminate food and should be avoided. If you notice pavement ants in your property, contact us and schedule a call with one of our professionals to discuss protection options.

All ants are attracted to water, so fix any leaky plumbing and remove pet bowls
All ants are attracted to water, so fix any leaky plumbing and remove pet bowls