Addison Pest Control is the Ant specialist. We have never failed to eliminate an infestation.

Addison Pest Control is the Ant specialist. We have never failed to eliminate an infestation.

You want…

  • to quickly eliminate an ant infestation, stop the reproduction of this invasive, damaging pest...

  • an affordableprofessionalhonest and warrantied ant exterminator

  • An environmentally conscious treatment that is safe for the whole family, including your pets.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Answers to all of your questions

  • A no-obligation quote over the phone in seconds

  • Flexible scheduling with 24/7 same-day service throughout the GTA.

  • No hidden service fees or follow up costs.

Addison has...

  • Decades of experience

  • A trusted track record

  • All-inclusive warranty

  • Comprehensive customer service

  • Rigorously trained technicians

  • Tried and tested extermination methods

  • The safest, most effective insecticides

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Service Area

Downtown Toronto, Midtown, Chinatown, the Annex, Little Italy, Harbourfront, Cabbagetown, Summerhill, Forest Hill, Rosedale, the Junction, Parkdale, Bloordale,  Scarborough, North York, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Markham, Pickering, Hamilton, London and beyond!


 

Key Facts about Ants

  • Ants can cause structural damage to your home and can spread dangerous bacteria to your food

  • Ants can get into your home through tiny cracks and holes in your house's foundation, door and window seals, brick and woodwork

  • Ants use pheromone trails to attract large numbers of worker ants to sugary or fatty foods anywhere in your home including the kitchen, bathrooms, living rooms and bedrooms

  • Many people are not bothered by ants, but unless you deal with an infestation in its very early stages ants can be a challenge to eliminate on your own

  • A professional integrated pest management plan is the best way to quickly and completely eradicate an ant infestation and give you safe, long-lasting protection

 

Our process

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Step 1: Ant Spray Treatment

Category:

  • Chemical + Residual

Equipment:

  • Precision surface sprayer

Method:

  • A fine mist of residual spray is applied to the backs, sides and bottoms of kitchen appliances, the inside and outside of kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers, underneath counters, sinks, radiators as well as the door jambs and floors throughout the home.

Strengths:

  • Kills ants on contact and remains active as a protective surface treatment to continue to kill ants as they come out of hiding.

  • Keeps your home and furniture protected for up to 6 months.

  • Fully approved by Ontario Ministry of Environment, safe and non-toxic for humans and animals of all shapes and sizes.

Weakness:

  • If used improperly, may promote pesticide resistance. 

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Step 2: Ant Powder Treatment

Category:

  • Physical+Chemical

Equipment:

  • Power duster

Method:

  • A fine silica dust insecticide is injected into all crevices and wall cavities through electrical sockets, gaps underneath baseboards and gaps around pipes under the sink, bathtub or toilet.

Strengths:

  • Cuts up the ant abdomen.

  • Coats the insides of the wall cavities to create a protective powder barrier around your home.

  • No ants can spread to or from attached houses, adjacent apartments or condo units.

  • Essential lasting protection.

  • Fully approved by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, safe and non-toxic for humans and animals of all shapes and sizes.

Weakness:

  • Only suitable for crack and crevice treatment.

  • Easily washed or vacuumed away.

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Step 3: Ant Gel Bait Treatment

Category:

  • Chemical

Equipment:

  • Gel bait gun

Method:

  • A small bead of bait droplets is applied on the back of kitchen appliances, underneath sinks, and toilets, on the hinges and tracks of kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers.

  • The clear bait is very discreet, it is distributed in drops about the size of a grain of rice.

Strength:

  • effective, discreet and safe method to eliminate an ant infestation.

  • A can be a cannibalistic species. This means that more and more ants will be exposed to the bait as their dead bodies are consumed in the ant colony.

Weakness:

  • Must be implemented in conjunction with rigorous cleaning and sealing to eliminatex x  other food sources and draw ants to the bait.


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Beware of Discount Pest Control

  • These companies use low quality or low concentration surface sprays with only 10 to 14 days of protection.

  • There can be thousands of ants in a single ant colony, the right insecticides and baits are necessary to ensure, the queen is eliminated along with the rest of the colony.

  • A treatment that is not sufficiently thorough and aggressive will allow the queen to continuously resupply the colony with new workers and lead to frustrating re-infestations.

 

 

Prevention and Monitoring

When it comes to ants, being proactive is the key to a successfully eliminating this dangerous pest.

Addison’s Ant Prevention and Monitoring

As part of our service, a trained Addison technician will:

  • Identify and seal up potential ant entry points

  • Give cleaning tips and strategies to keep the highest risk areas free of food and debris that could draw in new ants

  • Install baited glue board traps to monitor the population of ants

  • By using high quality residual insecticides Addison treatments keep your home protected from ants for up to 6 months

 

 

What you need to know for an effective ant treatment

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Having clear and complete information about the species, life cycle, foraging and reproductive habits of ants will help you get the most out of any ant treatment and prevention.

 

 

How to identify ants

Ants vary considerably across different species.

Common to all adult ants

  • Three part bodies consisting of a head, a thorax and an abdomen

  • A hard, waterproof exoskeleton

  • Two antennae used to detect other ant colony members.

  • Maxillary palps to detect scents

  • Mandibles used for grasping, carrying and fighting (biting)

  • Six legs located on the thorax

  • Reproductive parts and other vital organs in their abdomen

  • Tiny holes called spiracles that take in and release carbon dioxide

Ant Colour

  • carpenter ant: black

  • pharaoh ant: yellowish to light brown

  • Thief ant: yellowish to light brown

  • fire ant: light brown

  • pavement ant: dark brown to black

  • Argentine ant: dark brown to black

  • odorous ant: dark brown to black

  • ant eggs: translucent white oval

Ant Shape

  • elongated

  • three segmented; head, thorax and abdomen

  • two antennae that may be segmented

Ant Size

  • range in size from 2mm to 30mm

  • ant eggs: 0.5mm in diameter

Ant Behaviour and Characteristics

  • Ant colonies behave like a single organism

  • Most active in spring and summer months

  • all ants are bred to fit 1 of 3 castes: queens (reproductive females), workers (non-reproductive females), and males (for reproduction)

  • Ants use pheromone trails to flag feeding and breeding spots for other ants to find

Ant Reproduction Habits

  • Undergo complete metamorphosis: egg, larva, pupa, adult

  • egg to adult takes 6-12 weeks

  • Most colonies have a single queen that gives birth to all colony members

  • breed in the late spring and early summer

 

 

How do I know if I have an ant infestation?

  • Many people are not bothered by ants in their home

  • Ants can do significant damage to wood timbers and brick and mortar in home

  • Ants are "univoltine" which means new reproductive "princess ants" establish new colonies once per year

  • If a neighbour has an ant infestation, you run a higher risk of ant infestation in your home

Be on the lookout for:

Ant Sightings

  • Ants can be sighted in kitchens, bathrooms, cellars

  • Ants are seen alone or in foraging trails

  • Use baited sticky traps to gauge the severity of an ant infestation

Ants nests

  • Ants excavate large nests with complex underground galleries

  • Sometimes known as an ant "hill' because of the ring of sandy frass that surrounds the opening to the nest

  • You may see theses nests on grout of outdoor tiles, on surface of damp exposed wood or anywhere in the garden

 

 

How did ants get into my home?

In warmer months, ants often enter homes in search of sweet and greasy foods.

They can gain access to the living space in a variety of ways: 

  • tiny breaches and fissures in brick facades

  • gaps in weather stripping or screens

  • open windows and doors

  • food or paper products from infested stores

When food is left out in kitchens and other areas of the home, ants with access to your living space will establish pheromone-marked scent trails, alerting the other workers of their colony to the supply. Spilt juice under the fridge or sweets discarded on a window sill can lead to the rapid invasion of ants from outdoors.

With enough food and water ants will establish colonies:

  • in wall voids

  • under foundations

  • underneath welcome mats

  • in gardens

  • underneath patio tiles

  • next to your kitchen window

Although ants are considered more of a nuisance than a pest, ant colonies in your home are unsanitary, can lead to the contamination of your food stores and even cause structural damage.

 

 

What do ants eat?

  • Most ant species are vegetarian omnivores

  • Adaptive diet allows them to survive in almost any feeding environment

  • Prefer food scraps high in fat or carbohydrate like cheese, bread, rice, chips, cereal, meat etc.

Many species of ants live in the wild in self-sustaining ecosystems with adequate food and harbourage sites.

Ants species become a pest threat:

  • When they become adapted to the climatic conditions and foraging opportunities in human environments

  • When they have a relatively long life cycle and a high reproductive potential

 

 

How serious are ants?

  • Highly adaptive insect

  • Can rapidly infest domestic environments where food and shelter are available

  • Pose significant health risks to humans

  • Spread of pathogens and bacteria that contaminate food preparation and work surfaces

  • Come into with contact a variety of organic matter including garbage, sewage and other refuse

  • Bacteria and pathogens attach to the hairs on the ants' legs and abdomen

  • Deposit a bacteria trail wherever they move

  • May walk over food preparation surfaces leaving behind dangerous bacteria that can cause illnesses including:

    • gastroenteritis

    • typhoid

    • dysentery

    • poliomyelitis

    • salmonella

    • e.coli

    • staph infection

 
 

 

Do ants bite humans?

  • Yes

  • Different species of ants can bite humans under different circumstances

  • Biting is not typical behaviour, and their bites are not painful or venomous

 

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