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What happens to ants in the winter?

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In Canada, ants are often unavoidable in the spring and summer, but come winter they are nowhere to be found. Ever wonder what happens to ants in the winter? Do they hibernate or do they die? In this blog post, we unravel the mystery of ant survival strategies, exploring the remarkable adaptations that enable them to endure unforgiving Canadian winters. We also provide tips on how to get rid of ants in the winter if you are unlucky enough to find these pests in your home. 

Do Ants Die in the Winter? How do Ants Survive the Winter?

No, all ants do not die in the winter. While a handful of ants will inevitably succumb to the harsh winter weather (especially if they venture outside alone) most ants will survive using the following strategies.

  • Dormancy (Diapause): In the winter ants enter a state of reduced activity or dormancy called diapause (similar to hibernation but for cold-blooded animals). This helps them conserve energy and survive with limited resources. If you see an ant in this state it will appear unusually sluggish. 
  • Deeper Nesting: Ants may move deeper into their nests to avoid extreme temperature fluctuations at the surface. The deeper layers of the nest provide a more stable environment, protecting the colony from harsh winter conditions. 
  • Storage of Resources: Prior to winter, some ant species stockpile food within their nests. This stored food serves as a vital resource during the colder months when foraging becomes difficult or impossible. 

Some ant species are more active during winter, while others are less active or even completely dormant. For more information on the different types of Canadian ants we find in homes check out our post: WHICH CANADIAN ANT IS INVADING YOUR HOME?


In short – just because you can’t see ants during winter doesn’t mean they’re not around. It is most common to spot ants around your home when they are out foraging for food. In the winter, however, ants have little need to eat and will feed on their stockpiled food if necessary. Instead, they will be prioritizing their shelter and warmth behind the scenes remaining evasive and out of sight.

What Happens to Ants in the Spring?

With the arrival of spring, ants gradually emerge from their winter dormancy (diapause) to resume their normal activities. As temperatures rise, ants become more active and start preparing their colonies for increased productivity. Worker ants, which were relatively inactive during winter, start venturing out of the nest in search of food and Queen ants will start laying eggs again to expand the colony. This transitionary period is a crucial but fragile time for the ant colony which is why it is best to get professional ant control services early in the spring before they establish a strong colony for the summer. If you see a couple ants emerging in early spring call professional ant control right away and save yourself the havoc of an ant infestation come summer. 

Why are there Ants in my House in the Winter?

Although not common we do sometimes find ant problems in homes during the winter. This can happen when the ants have found a particularly well insulated and warm part of the home to nest in. Since the home is heated their body temperatures never drop and they never enter diapause. See our best tips on how to get rid of ants in the winter below. 

Best Ways To Get Rid Of Ants in the Winter

  • Seal All Points Of Entry: Ants breach homes by entering through gaps around windows, doors, or your home’s foundation. In early winter, as temperatures start to drop ants may be attracted to the warmth of homes and try and enter. Sealing cracks or gaps can help stop the influx of ants. 
  • Practice Prompt Clean-ups: You should immediately clear plates from your dining table after eating. Then sweep away dropped crumbs and thoroughly clean away spills. Remember, dirty dishes in the sink will attract hungry ants.
  • Store Food In Airtight Containers: Ants go crazy for ripe fruits and vegetables. If you leave food like this exposed, you’ll attract ants into your kitchen. Store your fruits and veggies in airtight containers or in your refrigerator.
  • Clean Pet Food Bowls: Ants aren’t the picky kind. They’ll be just as easily attracted to your furry companion’s food as your own. Make sure that pet bowls are empty between meal times. Then clean the space around the bowls to avoid crumbs and standing water that provide an oasis for ants.
  • Check for Water: Ants are not only attracted to food but also to water as it is also essential to their survival. Fixing leaky faucets, ensuring windows and doors have tight seals and dealing with high humidity in the home can help make your home less hospitable to ants.
  • Call the Professionals: If the above methods aren’t working it’s time to call in professional ant control. Our ant experts will be able to locate the ant nest and treat the issue from its source. 

For our more extensive list of year-round tips check out our post: HOW TO GET RID OF ANTS

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HOW TO GET RID OF ANTS IN THE KITCHEN – OUR 5 BEST ANT REMOVAL TIPS

If you’ve frantically been Googling “how to get rid of ants in the kitchen” and wound up here, we’re glad. This Terminix Canada blog is dedicated to liberating you from the hair-raising thought of ants invading your kitchen and contaminating the food you eat.

When you wake up, the only thing you want to see is your morning cup of coffee, not a trail of ants trespassing across your kitchen countertops. Read on to learn about how ants get into kitchens and what to do to get rid of ants.

Ants in Kitchen Eating Cupcake

Why are there ants in my kitchen? 

In short, ants favour your kitchen more than any other room in your home. Ultimately, ants are equipped with odour detectors. This allows them to quickly and efficiently sniff out potential sources of food. Ants are highly skilled in detecting the traces of foods that can accumulate on your kitchen countertops and flooring. It only takes a spot of spilled apple juice, a few cake crumbs or an orange peel in your garbage can for ants to appear on site. Any food residue is an open invitation for ants to raid your kitchen.

Secondly, ants need water too. Water regularly enters and leaves your kitchen. Therefore, it’s prime real estate for ants to hang out. Even just a minor leak around a faucet or a poorly draining dishwasher may leave your kitchen vulnerable to tiny invading ants. In short, damp wood or condensation provides enough moisture for ants to quench their thirst.

When questioning “how to get rid of ants in the kitchen”, the first step in removing them is identifying the ant species you’re dealing with. This helps you determine what is attracting ants into your food preparation space.

Elsewhere, you should make sure to remove any garbage food daily, and clean your sink and refuse bins regularly. For those with garbage disposal systems, run them long enough to ensure all food waste has been ground up and flushed away.

Ants in Kitchen Eating Honey

Are ants in my kitchen dangerous?

While ants in the kitchen aren’t usually dangerous, they can be unpleasant. Most often, ants are seeking food. These tiny creatures won’t need a second invitation to find their way into unsealed packages while infesting the food you plan to eat. This is a big health hazard since ants leave behind bacteria.

Beyond this, some ants can be dangerous in different ways. For instance, carpenter ants hollow out wood for nesting, which can damage the structure of your home over time.

Tiny Ants In The Kitchen? Here’s The Most Common Kitchen Ants

Got small ants in the kitchen? The common household ants infesting your kitchen likely belong to one of four species of tiny ant. These are the little black ant, the pharaoh ant, the odorous house ant, or the pavement ant. All four ants are truly tiny, with workers averaging around one-eighth of an inch in length. Each of these ant species are also extremely opportunistic and may establish true colonies indoors. – Learn more

Pharaoh ant vs Pavement ant

How to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

For starters, preventing an ant infestation is much easier than stressing over how to get rid of ants in the kitchen. Canadian homeowners can use any of these tips to help prevent ants from making your kitchen theirs.

1. Seal All Points Of Entry

Ants breach homes by entering through gaps around windows, doors, or your home’s foundation. By sealing cracks or gaps before ants get in, this can help to keep your kitchen free of ants.

2. Practice Prompt Clean-ups

You should immediately clear plates from your dining table after eating. Then sweep away dropped crumbs and thoroughly clean away spills. Remember, dirty dishes in the sink will attract hungry ants.

3. Store Food In Airtight Containers

Ants go crazy for ripe fruits and vegetables. If you leave food like this exposed, you’ll attract ants into your kitchen. Store your fruits and veggies in airtight containers or in your refrigerator.

4. Clean pet food bowls

Ants aren’t the picky kind. They’ll be just as easily attracted to your furry companion’s food as your own. Make sure that pet bowls are empty between meal times. Then clean the space around the bowls to avoid crumbs and standing water that provide an oasis for ants.

5. Check for Water

Ants are not only attracted to food but also to water as it is also essential to their survival. Fixing leaky faucets, ensuring windows and doors have tight seals and dealing with high humidity in the home can help make your home less hospitable to ants.

6. Maintain outdoor areas

To further reduce the chance of ants breaching your home, ensure trees and bushes don’t touch your house. Seal gaps and openings around windows and doors, and have any foundational cracks fixed.

Removing Ants Is What We Do Best. Leave Ant Control To Terminix Canada 

Given their tiny size and resilience, tiny ants in the kitchen can still reappear even after diligent sanitation. Your best bet for proper ant removal is hiring a Terminix Canada ant exterminator. Leave it to our ant control and ant removal specialists who are backed by over 90 years of experience. We offer expert pest & wildlife control services for both residential and commercial properties with locations across Canada including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Which Canadian Ant is Invading your Home?

Canada is home to hundreds of species of ants most of which are relatively harmless or even beneficial. Ants help gardens thrive by tunnelling into the soil bringing oxygen and essential nutrients with them. Some species even consume other pests such as the young of silverfish or moths! However, they can become a problem when they set up nests in and around your house, causing damage to your home, spoiling food, and spreading diseases. Read more about ants.

Correctly identifying the species of ant infesting your house is imperative to their successful removal. As a Canadian homeowner, the ants you’re most likely to come into contact with include carpenter ants, pharaoh ants, pavement ants, and fire ants. Read on to learn how to identify these ant species and how to eliminate each one. 

Carpenter Ant

The two main types of carpenter ants in Canada are red carpenter ants and black carpenter ants. Red carpenter ants have a reddish-brown upper body but are otherwise black, whereas the black carpenter ants are black all over. They are the largest of Canadian pest ants ranging from 6 to 25 mm in length, about the size of a sunflower seed. They are often confused with termites due to their size however, it is easy to tell the difference as carpenter ants have a very slim waist and bent antenna, whereas termites have thick waists and straight antenna. 

Carpenter ants are attracted to damp or decaying wood in which they build their colonies.  If they make their way into your home they can cause serious structural damage. They like to keep their tunnels very clean and are constantly sweeping out any debris, luckily this creates some very conspicuous sawdust piles. The sawdust piles may also contain the bodies of smaller insects that the carpenter ants have consumed. During mating season, late spring and summer, you will likely also see flying ants, these are reproductive males and females looking to breed with each other. 

If you suspect carpenter ants have invaded your home, call a pest control company immediately to prevent any further structural damage. Additionally, don’t disturb any sawdust piles you find before your appointment as inspectors will use them to locate the nest and remove the colony. 

Fun Fact

The giant Amazonian ant is a contender for the largest ant in the world at a whopping 4 cm in length! Twice the size of our Canadian carpenter ants!

Pharaoh Ant

The Pharaoh ant is likely native to Africa and can only nest outside in warm climates.  Despite this, it has made its way all around the world and lives in heated buildings globally. Pharaoh Ants are small roughly 2 mm in length and have a yellowish-brown to red bottom with a darker body. You won’t see these ants flying around; the queens are the only ones in the colony to grow wings but they cannot fly and lose their wings after mating. 

The small size of the Pharaoh ant allows it to get into just about anything, scientific researchers even have a hard time keeping them out of their sanitary labs! They can get into food packaging contaminating it with the microbes they carry on their bodies, they have even been known to transmit pathogens such as Salmonella and Streptococcus. This is why it is so important to keep an eye out for these tiny pests especially in and around the kitchen, in the pantry and by pet food bowls. 

Pharaoh ants nest in odd places: between layers of paper or linens, in trash, or even in appliances and electrical outlets. This makes extermination tricky, instead of combing every crack of the home for nests, baits are typically used to treat pharaoh ants. When the Pharaoh ants come out to forage they grab pieces of the bait thinking it is food and bring it back to their nests poisoning the entire colony. However, it is imperative to select the right bait for your situation! If the wrong bait is used it will stress the ants out before they all die and the nest will scatter, creating multiple satellite colonies and further complicating your issue. 

Pharaoh ant vs Pavement ant
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Pavement Ant

Pavement ants are not native to Canada and were introduced to North America from Europe in the 19th century. They are similar in size to Pharaoh ants, roughly 2 mm in length, but are darker in colour with pale brown to black bodies. You may be able to see their stingers, but don’t worry they are not used to attack but rather to leave trails of pheromones for their fellow ants. During the mating season, you will likely see some pavement ants taking flight as they like to congregate in swarms to do the deed.

They are not generally found living in the home but often along the outside walls of the home, in garages, along garden walkways or on patios.  They prefer to nest in soil devoid of vegetation which has made them particularly suited to life in urban environments, so look for mounds of displaced solid near the outside of the home or paved areas. However, they will be drawn to forage in the warmth of the home during the cold winter months. Here they can become a hazard as they can get into pet and human food and contaminate it with microbes on their bodies. Pest control professionals can follow ant trails and dirt mounds to trace pavement ants back to their nest and exterminate the colony. 

Fire ant & Fire ant hill
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Fire Ants

While less common in urban areas if you own a property in a rural region of Canada you may come into contact with these infamous insects. Fire ants are 2 – 5 mm in length and reddish-brown in colour. If you take a close look you’ll discover a dark stinger but you really shouldn’t get that close because these ants are aggressive and will defend their turf vigorously! They will bite and inject a painful sting on any person or animal that gets too close to their colony, which looks like a dome-shaped mound of sand. Pay special attention in dry fields as fire ants thrive in the sun and if you see one make sure you do not disturb it. 

A fire ant nest close to your home or near a path often walked should be dealt with as soon as possible. The silver lining is that once you’ve found a fire ant nest you are not likely to forget where it is, and exterminators can come in and deal with the issue efficiently. 

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Keep a close eye on children and pets if you have fire ants on your property. It’s also a good practice to always wear closed-toed footwear and socks in case you accidentally stumble across a colony.

If you’re still unsure which ant is invading your home, start by calling a professional pest control company who will be able to identify your ant problem and recommend an effective control option.

Terminix Canada offers expert pest control services across Canada including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Call us today for residential ant removal or commercial ant removal.

Quit Making The Same DIY Pest Control Mistakes & Learn Proper Pest Control

If you’ve encountered a pest control problem in your home, it’s likely you’ll try and control the problem yourself using DIY pest control. Well, after you shake your fist and ask, “how could this happen to me?!” like you’re the main character in your own Shakespearean Tragedy.

We hate the be the bearer of bad news, but sometimes DIY pest control can cause more harm than good. Especially if you’re treating pest control as a one-size-fits-all solution.

To help you avoid falling at the first hurdle, we’ve gathered the most common mistakes. This way, you can learn from other’s errors and become a master of proper pest control.

Mistake #1: Squish And Move On

The litre of orange juice you drank earlier is wreaking havoc on your bladder. So, in a hurry you dash off to the basement bathroom. There, you encounter a handful of cockroaches casually strolling along the bathroom floor. Nature is urgently calling, so you quickly squish them and continue to take care of your own business. Once done, you wipe the roaches’ remains off the floor with a paper towel.

“Goodbye cockroaches!” you say smugly as you toss them in the garbage. However, if you thought that was going to be the last time you encountered roaches, you’re sadly mistaken.

Without finding the original source of cockroaches, spiders, ants, or any other household pest problem, you’re likely to have a new problem pop up in a couple days. Until you discover how those buggers got into your home in the first place, you’ll be dealing with a whole new group of creepy-crawlies on the bathroom floor tomorrow or the next day.

Once you’ve discovered how they entered your home, it’s important to seal any cracks, gaps or holes surrounding your windows, doors, seams, and foundation.

From there, it’s a good idea to spend some time researching the proper pest control methods for your pest. This could mean setting pest-specific traps, utilizing insecticide, or hiring a pest control company like Terminix Canada.

Mistake #2: One Trap Doesn’t Fit All

Just like bigger critters, each pest is unique. As much as you may hate them all equally, wants, needs and desires differ from pest to pest. You wouldn’t use honey to attract horses or a mouse trap to catch a dog, so why are you using the same traps for all pests?

Buying a generic trap for all pests is one of the most common mistakes made by homeowners. In order for your traps to be successful, and not just a waste of money, you’ll have to investigate exactly what kind of penny-sized monster you’re dealing with. This will allow you to successfully buy the necessary traps, insecticides, or other insect deterrents.

If you are unable to decipher what kind of pest is wreaking havoc in your home, now is a good time to put the traps down and pick up the phone. Consult with a local pest control company that can identify the pests that are plaguing you, and help you sort the problem out effectively and efficiently.

Mistake #3: Know Your Enemy

Even once you’ve determined exactly what pest has invaded your home, do you really know the best way to wage war? It’s important to truly understand who and what you’re up against.

Many homeowners place traps where their pest adversaries aren’t hanging out. For instance, you won’t find rodents in the middle of a room. Instead, you should be placing rodent traps along walls, behind the refrigerator, and in other dark corners.

Additionally, you may catch a few adult mice in a couple of days with your traps. However, odds are that there are still young mice lingering around. Therefore, it’s best to leave rodent traps out for a few weeks, so you can catch the remaining runts of the litter.

If you don’t get rid of the entire infestation, then they will simply multiply back to the levels they were at when you first discovered you had a problem. Two mice is all it takes to soon create a mischief of mice. 

Mistake #4: Don’t Neglect Your Pet

We know you would never purposely neglect your pet. However, it can be easy to do when trying to remove an unknown infestation from your home. If you think you may have a flea, tick, or parasite infestation, you must also treat your pets for the potential problem.

If you leave your pet untreated, you risk causing them prolonged health problems. Additionally, you’ll never fully be rid of the infestation until your pet is pest-free. Your loveable fur-ball is the perfect vessel to smuggle pests into your home or provide them a safe shelter to continue to procreate in.

Mistake #5: Not Calling The Experts

Sometimes you’ll be tasked with a pest infestation too great to handle on your own. In these circumstances, it’s best to swallow your pride and call in the pros!

If you are looking for tried-and-tested pest control services in your home, contact Terminix Canada today for a free consultation. We can help you get to the root of your pest control problem and implement effective, efficient, and affordable pest control solutions.

Find your local Terminix Canada branch today, so you can stop waging a losing war against pests.

Strongest Insects That Should Be Feared, Respected, Then Exterminated

For anyone who’s experienced the misfortune of a household pest infestation, it’ll feel like a terrifying, infinitely growing army of insects, taking over the home. Suddenly there’s a war on your hands and it’s important to assemble a strong army behind you to succeed against the pests.

We haven’t yet gotten around to reading the Art of War. However, Wikepedia told us that Sun Tzu believed strongly in respecting your enemy. You must acquire an appreciation for the capabilities of your opposition so you can understand them.

The strongest insects may sound a bit like an oxymoron, but it’s true. For their size, the below insects pack a serious punch, enough to send many running away in fear.

To Respect Your Enemy Is To Know Their Strength

The feats of strength presented below, will sufficiently blow your mind. And after you’ve recovered from your mind being blown, you will garner a new respect for pests before your inevitable triumph.

Strongest Insect #1: Hail The Almighty Horned Dung Beetle

The horned dung beetle, known as the Onthophagus Taurus (say that three times fast) has been scientifically proven to be the world’s strongest insect, lifting 1,141 times its body weight. Holy dung!

In layman’s terms, to match that kind of pound-for-pound prowess, a 150-pound human would need to lift six full double-decker busses. Or, in even more layman’s terms, a 150-pound human would have to lift 1,141 other 150-pound humans at once.

What can we attribute to that kind of strength? Maybe the raw anger caused by being named after bodily waste. That’s not scientifically proven, but we’ll call it an educated guess.

Needless to say, you mess with this dung beetle and you’ll get the horns.

The horned dung beetle can be found in Australia, Europe, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Transcaucasia, Asia Minor, Central Asia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and the United States (Texas).

Strongest Insect #2: Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? It’s A Flea!

Let’s get this out of the way. Fleas have a bad rap. They are derided as symbols of infestation, uncleanliness, and irritation. When someone is describing an impressive specimen, capable of Herculean feats of strength, fleas are not generally used for favourable comparisons or analogies.

But why not? These powerful pests have a spring-like structure in their bodies, allowing them to jump 200 times their own body length. Imagine a human, effortlessly jumping the length of five jumbo jets (where do they find these stats?).

Before casting fleas off as simple exterminator fodder, understand that these household pests maybe can’t walk all over you, but they can certainly jump right over you.

There are around 2,000 species and subspecies of fleas. Many of them have been carried around the world by the animal they feed on, such as rat fleas or mouse fleas. Fleas are actually to blame for the bubonic plague, spreading the Black Death around Europe and causing an approximate 25 million deaths between 1347 and 1351.

Strongest Insect #3: Built Beetle Tough

We know, we know: two beetles on the list seems like overkill but hear us out. The ironclad beetle (also known as a Zopherus) is really, really hard.

If we’re talking Art of War, these are the types of pests you would want to bring to war. It takes the power of an electric drill to pierce the ironclad beetle’s exoskeleton.

You can stomp on them, smash them, and do the freaking hokey pokey on them, but they’ll still be alive. Not that you’d know it, because these little buggers play dead as a survival tactic.

To be more specific, the ironclad beetle can survive a force of thirty-nine thousand times its own body weight.

But maybe they’d crack under military interrogation?

You can find these diabolical beetles throughout the southwest United States. They live under rocks and inside tree bark.

Strongest Insect #4: The Little Ant That Could

While our natural inclination is to get rid of ants, they’re notorious for their hard work, grit, and determination. So, while they aren’t necessarily near the top of the strength list, it was essential to us that they be given an honourable mention.

The leafcutter ant, native to South and Central Mexico, can carry 50 times its body weight in its jaw. Imagine your car broke down, and the only way to get it home was by chomping down on the hood and travelling 10 miles with your Mazda in your mouth.

Listen, we know that the burrito you took down last night at Burrito Boyz suggests you could give the leafcutter a run for its money, but let’s give credit where credit is due!

Such jaw strength seems impossible to fathom. However, when you need to go out of your way to impress a demanding, pushy ant queen, it’s amazing what you’d be willing to put yourself through.

This kind of strength means it’s time to give insects a little bit more respect.

Terminix Canada Is Tough Enough To Tackle Even The Strongest Insects

While the aforementioned insects are incredibly strong and powerful, they are still pests that can wreak havoc on our lives should they enter our fortresses.

They remain enemies who must be defeated when that happens. If you need to get rid of ants, fleas, or any other household pests, no matter how strong, Terminix Canada offers the best pest control services throughout the country. To find a local pest exterminator to go to war for you, click here.

Why You Need Pool Pest Control In The Summer – 5 Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

Many people take pest control seriously in the summer, but what about pool pest control? If you have a pool, you know there’s nothing quite as disheartening as putting on your bathing suit and going out for a swim, just to discover a layer of dead flies floating on the surface of your pool

Pool pest control is a very important, but it’s often an under-discussed aspect of swimming pool maintenance. However, without proper pool pest control, your watery retreat could quickly turn into a petri dish of microorganisms and disease.

You should know that no matter what you do, you’ll end up with the occasional bug in your pool. Just like humans, bugs and other animals are attracted to water on a hot day, and your pool is the tall drink of water that appeals to them.

To prevent that from happening, here are some swimming pool maintenance tips to help you achieve effective pool pest control this summer.

Cover Your Pool When Not In Use For Easy Pool Pest Control

Here is the easiest tip you can employ for proper pool pest control – cover your pool when not in use. By covering your pool when not in use, you’ll be able to easily keep many pests and other dirt and mess out of the water, such as leaves, branches and pollen. This will help minimize the time you spend cleaning your pool, as well as preserving optimal water temperatures, keeping your pool nice and clean for impromptu swims or unexpected guests.

Make Sure To Keep Up With Regular Cleanings Using Proper Chemicals

Periodically treating your pool with chlorine, bromine sanitizers and algaecides are pre-requisites for pool maintenance. It’s also important to skim the pool daily to remove waste floating on the pool, such as leaves, bugs, grass and algae. All of these things can contribute to microorganisms growing in the pool, providing organic material that pests like to feed on. Not to mention, if you have leaves floating on your pool, you’re providing little life boats for bugs to land on, allowing them to safely drink from your pool.

Keep Your Garden Separate From Your Pool For Optimal Pool Pest Control

If you consider your backyard to be your own summer oasis, then the odds are, it can be an attractive oasis for bugs and critters as well. Water, vegetation and light are all things that pests love, just like we do.

If your garden is close to your pool, then it’s a very small leap for pests to go from food to water. By keeping your plants a few feet away from your pool, you’ll have better luck keeping pests out. This includes pests who don’t mean to seek out water, but simply fall into the pool.

If you really want greenery close by the pool, you can. Just be selective about what you plant. Certain plans such as bay leaves, rosemary, marigolds and mint all act as a natural bug deterrent, keeping bugs away.

Pool Lighting Can Attract Bugs

Bugs like lights – anyone with an outdoor light near their door knows that. This extends to any other lights you may use to illuminate your backyard at night. If possible, position all of your lights at least 9 metres or more from your pool. If that’s not possible, you can also look into in pool lighting options, to keep the pool bright enough for swimming at night, without providing warmth to pests.

Be On The Lookout For Ants And Termites

Like all animals, insects are attracted to water, but the pests you really need to be worried about are ants and termites. Both of these nefarious critters will burrow through the vinyl lining in order to get a drink of the good stuff. Unfortunately, in doing so they will cause borderline unrepairable damage to your pool both structurally and also because their drowned carcasses can and will overload your pool filter.

To avoid this headache, you simply need to make use of normal home pest control and residential pest control services to keep these pests off your property entirely. However, home pest control works best when you call it in early, so always be on the lookout for preliminary signs of infestation.

For the top residential pest control available, call Terminix Canada today. Providing affordable pest removal solutions all over Canada and backed by 90 years of experience, we can provide fast, effective home pest control that will keep your swimming pool clear of pests!

The Best Ways To Keep Your Deck Safe From Termite Damage

Termites become the biggest issue for many people come summertime. Once the weather warms up, underground termite colonies come out to feed on wood sources that they couldn’t access during the winter, causing termite damage to your deck and other outdoor areas.

One of the sections of your home that is most vulnerable to termite damage is actually your deck. All that wood right out in the open is just asking for trouble if termites are around. Think about it this way, your wooden deck is practically an open buffet for those buggers!

If you’ve determined that your deck is suffering from termite damage, it’s crucial that you take the necessary steps to eradicate the termites as soon as possible. Termites aren’t just an annoyance, but can actually cause serious, costly damage to your deck and home. Because once they’ve made their home in your deck, there’s nothing stopping the colony from expanding and invading your home.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to try and ensure your deck doesn’t become victim to termites this summer. The below tips will help to prevent termite damage to your deck. Has the damage already occurred? We will also help you find the best termite treatment available near you.

1. Preventing Termite Damage

If you are looking to avoid a termite infestation on your deck in the first place, you have to understand that it’s not a one and done solution. You will have to take on care, regular maintenance of your deck. Untended decks that suffer damage from dry rot and/or UV rays will accrue openings that termites can easily enter and enlarge for their colony to live in.

Keep Up With Regular Maintenance

If your budget allows for it, it’s a good idea to paint your deck every two years. By this, we mean that you should take the time and effort to apply a complete coat of wood sealer specifically made for your deck’s type of wood. The upside of this prevention technique is that even if you don’t have the threat of termites nearby, it’ll prolong the life of your deck, keeping it looking new for longer. If you happen to spot any damage on your deck in the period between these two years, use your leftover wood sealer to quickly fix those some holes or cracks in the wood.

Keep Deck Dry

Stagnant water also serves as a beacon for termites, as wet wood is much more appealing to them then dry wood. To avoid puddles from forming on your deck, try not to place any heavy planters or other decoration or equipment that may form an indent in the wood. On top of that, you can keep a gap underneath your deck to help facilitate good airflow, which will help your deck dry quicker after rainfall or power washing.

Pick Termite Resistant Wood

If you don’t yet have a deck built and are still in the research stages, then it’s a good thing you stumbled on this article! There are certain steps that you can take in the building process to help dissuade termites. Selecting the proper materials when beginning to build your deck can help keep it termite free. Hardwoods and pressure-treated woods are harder for termites to penetrate, and quite simply don’t taste as good to them. Many of these woods are also specially treated with withstand other harsh conditions that may age your deck quicker, such as rain and heat.

Place Deterrents Around Your Deck

Hopefully your deck is made out of materials termites don’t like, as we previously stated above. However, if that’s not the case, you can still deter termites from entering your yard. Place treated cedar mulch or sand around your deck. It’s easier to maintain than grass is, and will help to keep termites away.

2. How To Identify Termite Damage On A Deck

Identifying termite damage to a deck is actually a lot harder than it sounds. For one thing, termites are subterranean by inclination. This means that they’ll burrow into the wood from underneath, leaving almost no visible damage to the surface of your deck.

What this means is that you need to get a little creative to determine if damage has been done. Tap along the wood of your deck to check for hollow areas. Once you hear a clear sound of hollowness in your wood, you should cut off the surface of the deck plank to check what is underneath.

If you notice a pattern of damage along the wood grain, that almost certainly means that you have a termite infestation. In this situation, you need to do something about your termite infestation, right now. You must take immediate measures to eradicate the termites. Termite damage can accumulate quickly and have serious consequences to the structural integrity of your deck or home.

Other signs of termite damage you can look out for include:

  • small holes
  • damaged wood that crumbles easily
  • piles of dropping that can be spotted outside of their tunnels

3. Finding The Best Termite Treatment

The good news is help is here! Terminix Canada has helped thousands of households enjoy summertime fun without worrying about their deck collapsing beneath them from excessive termite damage. Our expert exterminators provide the best termite treatment measures across Canada. It would be our pleasure to help eradicate your termite troubles.

To learn more about Terminix Canada’s termite treatment plans and how to prevent termite damage to your deck, contact your local Terminix Canada. We have offices located all across Canada. Give us a call today to get started on effective and affordable termite treatment.