What Sort Of Ants Do You Have - Westside Pest Control Blog

Not sure which type ants you have? How can you tell the difference between pavement ants, carpenter antsfire ants, red ants and flying winged ants? Let’s take a closer look at the various ant species so you can identify and start getting rid of them!

Types of Ants Found In Metro Vancouver

Learn about the different ant species here in Metro Vancouver how you can protect yourself against these insects and other creepy crawlies.

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Pavement Ants

Ants can be a nightmare on paths around your home and in your yard. We can help you deal with all ant issues at your residence.

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Carpenter Ants

These buggars cause a different kid of probably by chewing away at wooden structures
Causing damage to the integrity of wooden beams! Get it check out!

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Fire Ants

These guys carry a nasty sting.. so watch out! Be very careful not to disturb a nest, they're a very aggressive ant.

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Winged Ants

“We’ve got the ants with the wings!!”
Winged ants can be carpenter ants, pavement ants, moisture ants, cornfield ants etc.

Moisture Ants

Watch out.. they love sweets and will feed on any sugar left unprotected. They also love wood and can cause decay to your home's structure.

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Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh ants are very delicate, intelligent, and sensitive, attempting home remedies is strongly discouraged.

What you need to know about all the ants we have here in Metro Vancouver

Summer is ant season! You may have them around your garden, on your pavements, or even in your home. It's important to figure out what type of ants you have, so you can get the correct treatment.

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Carpenter Ants

These are black ants that tend to be quite large; 3mm to 13mm long. They build nests by chewing inside damp or dry wood with their mandibles, which often results in piles of "sawdust" or "frass". Treatment options vary greatly, depending on the location and level of infestation. An inspection is the first step to determining the best treatment course and cost.

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Pavement Ants

These ants are dark brown to black in colour, and quite small; approximately 3mm long. They can be found inside and/or outside the home, and can be quite a nuisance. Pavement Ant treatments typically vary from depending on the location and size of the treatment area.

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Moisture Ants

They are usually yellow to reddish brown in colour, 2 to 4.5 mm long. They don't normally appear until August, and require a substantial amount of moisture to reside inside of walls.

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Pharaoh Ants

Usually light yellow/red in colour, these ants often appear to be "invisible" when standing over them, and are extremely small; 2mm long. Since these ants are very delicate, intelligent, and sensitive, attempting home remedies is strongly discouraged. When threatened, they will go into reproductive overdrive and produce more queens, rapidly expanding the infestation. Treatments consist of 3 to 6 applications of bait, approximately 3 weeks apart, and prices are dependent on the size and type of the building, and severity of the infestation.

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Other Ants

From time to time we see other types of ants, and our technician will provide you with a quote for treatment on site.

Note: Winged ants do not determine the species of ant you may have. All ants species have winged reproductives within their colonies. These winged reproductives typically swarm for a short period of time, once or twice a year. The size and shape of reproductives are much larger than that of the non-winged

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Moisture ants

The Moisture ant is about 1/8 of an inch long. It is dark brown or yellow in colour and quite similar to some other species of ants. Unique features include a protruding part on its back, which is visible from the side, a wide upper lip, and hairs around the end of the abdomen area. Moisture ants are known for building large and obtrusive nests, and often come indoors in at nighttime for snacks, so they can be a real pest to homeowners. Removing and replacing damp, or rotten wood will usually help to eradicate them, but for larger widespread problems you should call an Ant Removal technician.

What about those roaches?

Yes indeed.. the German cockroach is most prevalent of its kind here in the Lower Mainland. They can be found in kitchens, pantry closets, bathrooms and appliances, requiring a special treatment method. Although they are not an Ant.. they are a real menace for the food industry.

Ant Profiles

Pavement Ant Carpenter Ant - Modoc          Carpenter Ant - Vicinus      Pharaoh Ants     
Colour  brown or black black reddish-brown and black

light yellow/red (translucent)

Length 2.5mm-4mm 6mm-12mm 6mm-12mm

2mm long

Nest(s)

Location       

sidewalks,

driveways

various locations, usually

places with higher humidity

various locations, usually

places with higher humidity

live solely indoors
Nest(s) Multiple Parent nests .

+ Satellite colonies

One Parent nest

+ Satellite colonies

Multiple Parent nests

+ Satellite colonies

appear to be "invisible"

when standing over them

Queen(s) Multiple Queens One Queen Multiple Queens

Multiple- when threatened, they
will go into reproductive overdrive
and produce more queens

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See Carpenter Ants? Call The Pros

Those little ants coming in from outside to scavenge for food are likely harmless pavement ants.  Carpenter ants, which measure 6-12 mm long, are a bigger problem. Call us now at 604-559-9060 or contact Westside Pest Control by email.
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