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Smaller ants with a red head and thorax and a mighty sting might be harvester ants. Their colonies are massive but they stay outside. Read more about them here.
The first characteristic to ponder is size. Large ants that appear entirely black are likely carpenter ants. Not-so-fun-fact: carpenter ants have the highest potential to cause structural damage to our homes, cottages or other dwellings. A colony is typically present 3-4 years before a single ant is ever spotted so an inspection is a great idea if you've spotted them indoors. For more information and pricing on carpenter ant treatments, click here.
Teeny, tiny ants in the kitchen are likely pharaoh ants. Read more information about pharaoh ants here.
Flying ants in your house? They could be any of these species. Read our short explanation about these winged critters on the flying ants page.
Small, black ants that show up in large numbers are usually acrobat ants. While they don't cause nearly as mush structural damage as carpenter ants, they do burrow into wood and insulation and can be harmful to the ego when trying to entertain while ants scurry steadily through your kitchen. Check out our acrobat ant page for more information.
Ants can be very tricky. Through different stages in their life cycle, they search for different types of food and are active at different times throughout the day. This can be misleading because we think the problem has sorted itself out, but the reality is that they're just in an ANTisocial phase (who doesn't love a good pun?!)
The other common issue with ants is that over-the-counter bait available at hardware stores, etc can be effective if the conditions are right, but is commonly too strong for colony-dwelling ants. An effective bait will be weak enough to last within the insect until it travels back to the colony, intoxicating the entire colony rather than just offing the single soldier that has been sent out in search of food or space.
Ontario ants which make their way indoors are relatively easy to identify....though we have seen very rare and strange colonies in houses so don't hesitate to call us out if you think your invaders don't fit this description.
Large ants observed inside which are all black or have a little bit of red are likely carpenter ants. These invaders have been prevalent in cottage country and are showing no signs of slowing down!
If you're seeing larger ants that aren't quite all black, but rather have a clear abdomen (rear body section) with black stripes, you're probably dealing with mound ants, as pictured here. Click here for further information and pricing.