The Ants of Southern Vancouver Island
There are many species of ants on Vancouver Island. They come in all sizes and shapes and, as they have different reproductivec cycles can cause issues year round due to the mild climate here. They can be black, black and red, all red, white, and brown. They can have wings which are the reproductive members of the nest, they can have no wings which are generally the workers. They can cause significant damage to homes and outbuildings as well as being a nuisance inside your home living area.
There are many different approaches to controlling and and eradicating these very persistent pests. There are traditional treatment options available as well as new modern safer baiting options depending on the level of the infestation, the species, the time of year and the individual situations. We have have been dealing with all species of ants in the lower Vancouver Island region and have a great success rate in eradicating and preventing further ant invasions.
There are two species of Carpenter ants on Vancouver Island:
All-black Modocs are the most prolific. They live in and make their nests in old wet and rotting wood in the forest, backyards, wood piles and in your homes, especially in areas where there have been water issues.
They can cause significant damage to window and door frames sill plates, floor and ceiling joists and attic spaces and crawl spaces in wall voids especially in behind insulation. the modocs prefer to be in warm most often South and so facing areas.
Red and Black Campanotus Vicinus do not cause as much damage as their cousins the all-black Modocs, however they will set up more satellite colonies in the same square footage which can make them more challenging to deal with and can often take a couple of seasons to eradicate fully from your property.
I use the latest technical and scientifically formulations of baiting and traditional control methods. I’ll work with you regardless of the species inhabiting your space including full inspections and recommendations to help prevent any future infestations from taking place.