California has about 270 species of ants. There are only a few ant species in Ontario that are indoor pests. These ants can be destructive and sometimes even dangerous, particularly if you have an allergy to their bites or cannot get away from them. They may form long lines of ants from the nest to the food they have found in your house. In addition, they protect aphids, mealybugs, and soft scales on your indoor plants because they eat the honeydew these insects excrete.
Ants Found In Ontario, California
- Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) is 1/8th inch long, dull brown, and likes sweets and the occasional protein.
- Carpenter ant (Camponotus spp.) is 1/4th to 1/2 inch long, black or red and black, and likes sweets.
- Odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile) is 1/8th inch long, dark brown to shiny black, very smelly when crushed, and likes sweets.
- Velvety tree ant (Liometopum occidentale) is 1/8th to 1/4th inch long, has a black head, velvety black abdomen, and red thorax, is smelly when crushed, and likes sweets and insects.
- Pavement ant (Tetramorium caespitum) is 3/16th inch long, brown or black, and likes sweets, proteins, and grease.
- Pharoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis) is 1/16th inch long, yellow or honey-colored to orange, and likes fats, proteins, and sweets.
- Red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) is 1/16 to 1/5th inch long, is reddish with a dark brown abdomen, and likes sweets and proteins.
- Southern fire ant (Solenopsis xyloni) is 1/8th to 1/4th inch long, has an amber head and thorax, black abdomen, is covered in yellow hairs, and likes proteins and sweets.
- Thief ant (Solenopsis molesta) is 1/32nd inch long, yellow to light brown, and likes grease, fats, and sweets.
Preventing Ant Infestations
All of these ants are very hard to remove once they are in your home, so prevention is the best way to keep them out.
There are two ways to prevent ants from entering your home: exclusion and sanitation.
- Exclusion: Ants can get in through tiny cracks in the foundation or walls of the house. They also like to enter along pipes and wires. Caulk all cracks and crevasses and around pipes and wires as they enter the home. Make sure that window screens and screen doors are tight and have no holes in them. Check the weatherstripping at the base of doors to make sure it is tight and doesn’t have gaps ants can use to enter the home. Caulk cracks and crevasses and around pipes and electrical wires inside the home as well. Make sure tree branches do not touch the house, or ants will use them as bridges.
- Sanitation: Make sure that foods that ants really like, such as honey, sugar, pet food, and similar foods, are stored in plastic or metal containers that have been washed to remove any residue from the outside of the container. Clean up grease and spills from the stove and elsewhere. Clean the backs of closets, behind and under heavy appliances, and other out-of-the-way places. Make sure all trash containers with food in them have tight-fitting lids. Empty trash daily. Wash out soda cans or bottles before putting them in the trash or recycling containers. Make sure that outdoor trash and recycling containers have tight-fitting lids and are set out for emptying whenever the trash company comes.
Getting Help With An Infestation
Once ants are in your house, they are very difficult to eliminate. You will need professional help. Early Bird Extermination will come out and get rid of your ants for you. The same technician will come out for each treatment so you don’t have to explain the problem more than once. The first consultation is free. We guarantee you are satisfied or you get your money back. Call Early Bird Extermination today at 909-297-8694 and take back your house.