Ants are social insects. They live in large communities where ants depend upon each other for the survival of the entire colony. There can be tens of thousands of ants in a single colony and several colonies inhabiting the soil or landscape surrounding a property.
All ants share one primary task, to protect and care for the colony. In order to accomplish this, ants require food, moisture and shelter. Ant nests are commonly found outside under wood piles, flagstone or brick patios, and under rocks and garden stones. Inside, ant nests may be located in wall voids, behind insulation, or in or around wood previously damaged by moisture.
You are most likely to find ants invading your property when they are foraging for food. Foraging ants account for only a small percentage (typically 10% or less) of the colony’s size and it is important to understand that ants will travel extremely long distances in search of food or harbourage. Once these foragers locate and establish a source of food, ants will produce a scent trail (by way of pheromones) leading to and from the nest.
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Residential ANT Control Fees
(All prices included FREE follow-up visits, if covered)
SMALL ANT CONTROL (1-level Basic Fee) ………………………………………..… $99.00
SMALL ANT CONTROL (2-levels, if needed)………..….…………………………… $144.00
SMALL ANT CONTROL (2-levels & a basement) …………………………….…..… $189.00
OUTDOOR ANT CONTROL (two treatments included)……………………………. $179.00
*Add another $25 if your house size is greater than 3000 sq/ft
NOTE: CARPENTER ANT control (big black Wood-Destroying Ants, frequently seeing with long wings, nesting inside a wooden structure of your house slowly destroying it) is different from Small Ant control.
The Carpenter Ant treatment involves “all-level” interior treatment (highly recommended) and exterior spray (strongly recommended for extra $99.00) – we will treat exterior walls, wooden soffit if any, window and door trims, vents, all possible entry points, cracks and crevices, etc.
- All Ant Control Services include FREE follow-up visits and a 8-month warranty
- Warranty do NOT apply to outdoor treatment, attached units, rooms or apartments – unless we service ALL units
How To Prepare Infested Areas
For Ant Treatment
There is preparation need prior to the technician’s arrival. This preparation of ant infested areas is important and must be done once you booked an appointment with us.
The preparation for ant treatment is relatively easy to accomplish:
For faster and better result please vacuum up a flooring around baseboards and remove any powder or repellent that was previously placed to try of removing the insect activity
Empty the areas underneath the sink in the kitchen(s) or the bathroom(s)
Remove items from kitchen cabinets and closets that have insect problems
And finally, any furniture and all your personal belongings (books, shoes, toys, DVD’s, magazines, etc.) that can be moved should be moved at least 12 -16 inches away from the walls to allow more precise spray application on the baseboards, corners, cracks, crevices, etc.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ALL OCCUPANTS MUST KEEP OUT OF TREATED AREAS FOR AT LEAST 3-4 HOURS.
What should I expect after ANT treatment?
Depending on the infestation, it is possible that immediately following treatment you will notice heavier activity than usual. It is NORMAL, as the pests have been flashed out from the harborage areas.
Be patient! It is important to note that this is a passive treatment and it takes time and patience for the treatment to be effective. It can take between two to three weeks before you no longer see ants. It is so because ants are affected only when they come into contact with treated surfaces.
What do I do after the treatment?
Do NOT mop or vacuum near the baseboards!
Do NOT wash the treated areas as long as possible (at least for 4-7 WEEKS after the initial spray, or even longer if the infestation level is severe), please allow for treatment to gain effective control!
At the same time it is extremely important to keep a clean household after the treatment to ensure that there is NO FOOD available to the ants.
Food should not be left out on the counters, it must be put in sealed containers and dishes cannot be left out for an extended period of time.
Are the chemicals you use dangerous?
As part of the Integrated Pest Management approach to your service the pest control technicians always select the product with the lowest toxicity to get the job done effectively.
The products selected for use inside your home are the same as those registered for use in hospitals child care centres and food manufacturing areas.
I have asthma and I am highly allergic…
Pesticide development in recent years has seen great advances in safety for asthma sufferers. The no odor – low toxicity – water based formulations are unlikely to trigger an attack. If your asthma is particular severe or you have a history of general sensitivity to pesticides or cleaning products we would however ask that you vacate the premises for at least 6-12 hours after the treatment.
Please remember: to ensure eradication of ants from your residence it is a combined effort between you and your pest control technician.