Ants are small insects that can be a source of frustration when they invade our homes. In Canada, there are different species that can set up entire colonies in our homes. To eliminate them effectively, it is important to know what species you are dealing with. In this perspective, it is crucial to learn to identify those that tend to colonize buildings. In this article, you will discover the most common species and simple methods to identify them correctly. Discover also the reasons that can push these insects to proliferate and colonize our spaces.
What are the main species of ants that invade homes in Canada?
There are several species of ants that can invade homes in Canada. Here are some of the most common species and their characteristics:
- The pharaoh ant: this yellow to light brown insect can form large colonies. It can feed on sugary substances and fats, and can be particularly difficult to eliminate;
- The carpenter ant: black or dark red in color, it can be quite large. It can dig nests in wood and cause structural damage. Carpenter ants can also feed on sugary substances;
- Pavement ant: this brown or black species can be found in cracks and crevices. She is often attracted to sweet foods;
- The black pharaoh ant: this little black bug that can be found in buildings. It can feed on all kinds of substances, including dead insects;
- The field ant: it is a large black, brown or red ant that can be found outdoors. However, they may enter homes in search of food. They are often attracted to sweet foods.
How to identify the species of ants present in our house?
There are several relatively simple ways to identify ants in your home:
- Observe their appearance: look at their color, size, shape, number of body segments and antennae. Take note of any features you notice;
- Identify their behavior: note where you have seen them, their travel route, their possible nesting place, and their behavior in your home;
- Conduct online research: use online resources to find images and descriptions of different ant species. Compare the characteristics you observed to identify the intruders;
- Ask a professional for help: If you’re not sure which species is invading your home, you can contact a pest control professional for help. They can help you with identification and advise you on the best ways to get rid of these pests.
Why do ants invade our home?
Ants are social insects that live in colonies. They are constantly looking for food to grow their colony, and if they find food resources in your home, they will be attracted to them.
These bugs can get in through tiny openings, such as cracks in walls or doors, or through pipes and cables that enter your building. They can also climb trees and plants near your home and find their way inside.
Once they have found food, they leave a trail of pheromones for other ants to follow. This can lead to invasion.
How can we prevent ants from invading our home?
– Clean regularly
The first step to avoiding ants is to keep your living space clean. Regularly clean up food crumbs and residue, as well as kitchen and dining room surfaces. Avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink for long periods of time.
– Seal cracks and holes in walls and doors
Since ants can enter through very small openings, it is important to seal all cracks and holes in walls, doors and windows. This can help prevent the arrival of these insects.
– Store food in airtight containers
Ants are attracted to food, so it is important to store all food in airtight containers. Food left out in the open is irresistible to these pests, so avoid it.
– Keep the house dry
Ants need water to survive, so avoid leaving stagnant sources, either in your home or outside. Fix water leaks and empty the saucers under plant pots.
– Use natural repellents
Ants have a natural aversion to certain products such as peppermint, vinegar or lemon. Use these products to clean surfaces and deter them from your home.
By taking these preventive measures, you can avoid an invasion. If you already have an infestation, it is recommended that you contact a pest control professional to help you get rid of it.
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