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Carpenter Ants are Chewing Up Hamilton Homes

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As the weather begins to warm up in Hamilton, it is important to prepare for the pests that will inevitably be trying to find refuge in your home. Carpenter ants are one of the pests that Hamilton residents  should be on the lookout for.

Carpenter ants are considered destructive pests in Canada. They are typically brownish black in colour and can range in length of ¼” to ½” in size. Their bodies are divided into three segments with their abdomen area bulbous in shape. Most carpenter ants do not have wings, but during late spring, “reproductives” or winged carpenter ants can be seen.

Though they seldom bite humans, carpenter ants have powerful jaws that are used to chew and tunnel their way through wood. Unlike termites who actually consume the wood, carpenter ants remove the wood that is blocking their way and leave it behind as they move through. It is this characteristic that will give homeowners clues as trails of sawdust can often be spotted in areas that the carpenter ants are present.

Carpenter ants also live in any wooden structure that connects to the ground, such as telephone poles.

How to tell if you have carpenter ants:

A possible sign of a carpenter ant infestation is sawdust on the ground nearby burrow openings in the wood.

Carpenter ants establish their nest in decaying wood, but once established the ants extend their tunneling into sound wood, causing considerable damage to the structure. When colonies grow larger and need room to expand, satellite colonies are established. These satellite colonies are often found in nearby structures that offer warm protection.

From a pest control perspective, moisture areas in walls, ceilings, attics and crawlspaces are magnets for a variety of structure infesting pests. A bug’s small body size makes it especially vulnerable to dehydration. They combat this continual threat by gravitating toward moisture areas within the home.

Leaking pipes, damp rags and sponges under sinks, condensation on windows, damp soil in houseplant pots, and of course open drains of all kinds provide enough moisture for a bugs needs.

Sometimes the signs of a carpenter ant nest are subtle.

This small pile of debris (called frass) beside a garden tie is all that was discovered during a property assessment in Hamilton. Not a single ant in sight.

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Carpenter ants are nocturnal, and are rarely seen outdoors during the day. A detailed inspection, combined with intimate knowledge of pest biology is something Truly Nolen utilizes to solve Hamilton residents ant problems!

How to protect your home from carpenter ants:

  1. Correct moisture problems, roof leaks, and plumbing leaks.
  2. Cut back tree limbs or branches that could serve as a bridge to your structure
  3. Seal cracks and openings around the foundation, especially where utility pipes and wires enter from the outside.
  4. Store firewood away from your home on an elevated platform not touching the ground
  5. Limit the the of mulch around the home
  6. Call A Truly Nolen pest control professional to find the satellite nest in the home and to try and locate the ‘mother nest and queens. Have the nests removed.
  7. Have the satellite nests treated
Carpenters on a honeysuckle in Hamilton.  This customer has had two carpenter ant nests in her home.
Carpenters on a honeysuckle in Hamilton. This customer has had two carpenter ant nests in her home.

How Truly Nolen treats a carpenter ant problem:

Truly Nolen tackles carpenter ant problems by placing an “Antopia” station .

Ants navigate by following geometric patterns within their field of view. They will go out of their way, often times tripling the walking distance between two locations, just so they can follow straight lines, and 90 degree corners. Using this knowledge to our advantage, we can more accurately place our bait stations. The intersection of this garden tie with the deck is such a location.

The opening has been lined up with the corner edge of the tie itself, another geometric form.


Our pest control specialist will also find the location of the ants nest. Once the location of the nest is discovered, the pest problem can be removed with a dust insecticide treatment sprayed into the wall voids with a hand duster and tubes. After eliminating the colony, be sure to replace any damaged wood.

If treated early, carpenter ants can be stopped from causing serious structural damage to houses and buildings. These ants could cause extreme damage if they continue undiscovered for an extended period. Therefore, it is important to contact a pest control professional in the event of an infestation. It is recommended to seek professional help in containing carpenter ant infestations, as incorrect procedures may allow the colony to rebound when surviving members resume their burrowing and foraging.

Carpenter ant nest removal from a Hamilton home
Carpenter ant nest removal from a Hamilton home

If you think you have a carpenter ant problem in your Hamilton home, call 905-548-7679, for your free inspection!

Mice- A Major Problem for Home and Business Owners

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Mice are one of the most common pest nuisances that home and business owners in the Hamilton area find themselves dealing with.

Mice need just a tiny hole to gain access inside a home or business, and can also enter through sewer lines. Once you have a mouse infestation it can be very stressful and upsetting for home or business owners.

Mice prefer to make their home in close proximity to known food sources and usually build their nests in quiet areas of buildings that are free of human activity and predators.

The spaces behind walls and ceilings are a favourite. These are places where mice are able to store food, mate and raise their young. Mice will only venture out into the open spaces of a home or business if they’re desperate for food.

Attics, walls, garages and basements are some of the most common nesting sites for mice.

Here’s what you should know about mice

-Mice are communal animals and aren’t the type to go it alone. If you see even a single mouse inside your home you can be sure there are more you aren’t seeing.

-Female mice give birth 5 to 10 times in a single year with each litter containing as many as 12 young.

-Mice are tiny, ranging in size from 65 to 95 mm. They can make themselves incredibly small and squeeze into any gap or hole larger than a dime.

-Mice are also excellent climbers meaning they can enter a home at any point from the ground up.

-Mice are constantly urinating and defecating as they travel. A single mouse can produce 40 to 100 droppings a day. Mice carry a host of germs and diseases that they spread as they travel in search of food. If you have mice in your attic, think of it as a giant litter box above your head

-Mice can cause property damage by chewing through drywall and wires that can then spark an electrical fire.

Common food sources for mice include:

Bird and Garden Seed. Backyard bird feeders are a favourite food source for urban mice. All the seed that falls to the ground below is snapped up and taken back to the nest and that old bag of grass seed inside your garage could be a food source for mice living in or near your home or business.

Pet Food. We often find pet food in inside attics that mice have brought there from other places.

Garbage. All organic waste should be properly secured until and taken to the curb as close to pick up as possible.

Nuts and Seeds. Any fallen seeds and nuts from trees are a mouse favorite.

The dangers mice present

Mice are a serious problem, not only due to the damage they inflict on property, but because they can ruin a restaurant’s food supplies with their feces and urine.

Consumption of rodent-polluted food has been associated with contraction of lymphocytic choriomeningitis, which can cause fevers, muscles aches, fatigue, and nausea. Quickly getting rid of mice at the first sign of detection is the best way to make sure that a building is safe from the threat of various dangerous rodent-transmitted diseases.

Rodent infestations inside restaurants can lead to sanctions from City of Hamilton public health inspectors. This is certainly bad for one’s business and even worse for its reputation. Before things get out of hand, business owners should take initiative and deal with any detected mice problems as soon as they are discovered. The longer you wait, the worse the situation can get.

What to do if your home or business has mice

Aside from keeping your home or business clean, the best way to deal with mice is through exclusion, which requires sealing up all potential entry holes on the outside of the building. You can take a tour around the outside your home or business and inspect all possible entry points. Look for areas where pipes or electrical wires lead into the home. Sometimes they have small gaps or holes that can be sealed up.

It is recommended that you also have a professional pest control company out to do a tour of the home as well, as it often takes a trained eye to find hidden spots and entry holes.

If you locate a mouse infestation, the best course of action is to call your local pest control expert.

If you have mice in Hamilton, call Truly Nolen Pest Control today for a free inspection: 905-548-7679.


Pests in Hamilton

Hamilton residents are confronted by a variety of pests. Rainy weather can bring millipedes, earwigs, and pillbugs indoors. Rodents such as mice are also moving indoors this season looking for a dry and safe place. Here are some common pests that are currently affecting the Hamilton area.

Brown Recluse Spider

brown recluse spider
Brown recluse spiders are usually between 6-20 mm and are typically a light to medium brown color. Each female will produce several egg sacs over a period of two to three months, usually in the spring. Each sac contains roughly fifty eggs and will hatch within a month. Brown recluse spiders are resilient and can tolerate up to six months of extreme drought or absence of food.

Brown recluse spiders build asymmetrical webs frequently found in basements, garages, closets, woodpiles, sheds, and other dry places.


Mayfly, or shadfly, is a fragile, soft-bodied insect found in Canada. Eggs are often deposited in clean, flowing water with a larval phase lasting from a few months to two years, depending on the species. The adult phase is short-lived, lasting from a few minutes to a few days, depending on the species. Most species feed on algae or diatoms. They are common in the Hamilton area.

Carpenter Ants

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Carpenter ants are considered destructive pests in Canada. Two common species of carpenter ants found in Canada are Modoc and Vicinus. Modoc’s are all black with rusty red legs. Vicinus have a black head, rusty red thorax and black abdomen. Carpenter ants vary in size and can be as small as a quarter inch or as large as three quarters of an inch.

Carpenter ants establish their nest in decaying wood, but once established the ants extend their tunneling into sound wood, causing considerable damage to the structure. When colonies grow larger and need room to expand, satellite colonies are established. These satellite colonies are often found in nearby structures that offer warm protection.

As the weather begins to warm up in Hamilton, it is important to prepare for the pests that will inevitably be trying to find refuge in your home. Contact your local Truly Nolen pest professional for a consultation and to discuss your home’s unique needs.

Why Choose Truly Nolen for your Hamilton, Ontario Home?

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Truly Nolen is proud to offer pest control services for homeowners and businesses throughout Hamilton’s 15 wards. Trying to deal with a pest situation on your own or with over-the-counter products can be frustrating, time consuming, and ineffective. Truly Nolen Hamilton provides our customers with effective treatments that bring peace of mind and security to you and your family. Hamilton is a growing city with accelerating development and a rich natural environment. Urban development, although good for the city, is a problem for wildlife and other pests. This means animals will seek out shelter and forage for food in areas that we call home. Living with pests can be dangerous; they can carry diseases and disrupt your home.

Truly Nolen is proud to offer pest control services in Hamilton, ON and the surrounding areas, providing solutions to all kinds of pest control problems, including:

  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees & Wasps
  • Ants
  • Roaches
  • Spiders

And more…!

Truly Nolen

Professionally Trained and Licensed Technicians. Our professionally trained technicians are up to date on the latest methods and technologies to combat even the fiercest Hamilton pests. Our technicians build upon the 75 years of trusted Truly Nolen pest control experience. They train in state-of-the-art facilities and are fully licensed and insured. Hamilton residents can be sure they are provided with the same level of professionalism and pest protection that you have come to expect from Truly Nolen.

An Innovate Approach to Pest Management. We care about the health and safety of your family and your pets. Truly Nolen is committed to finding the most effective, environmentally responsible pest control methods. Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to pest control emphasizes green initiatives and concern for the environment. Our technicians are licensed through the Ministry of Environment and must go through a rigorous training process. By proactively identifying your particular pest control needs, we eliminate the use of any unnecessary materials and provide a targeted approach. The result is the most safe and reliable pest management in the industry.

Four Seasons. Our Four Seasons pest control service effectively adapts to the way Hamilton pests change during each season. Whether you are in need of commercial pest control or have spotted an unwelcome pest in your home, our pest inspection can help you stop an infestation in progress or eliminate an established and already thriving pest community.

We live and work where you do. Whether you have mice in your attic or spiders in the garage, locally owned and operated Truly Nolen Hamilton is proud to cover our fellow Hamiltonians throughout the year. Since 1938, Truly Nolen has protected our customers, their homes, and businesses from invading pests. We offer a wide range of residential pest control services for single-family homes, multi-family units, condos, and apartments. We provide a customized and targeted pest control program year round.

100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed. Your satisfaction is important to us. If there is a problem with any part of your service, we will continue to service your capital area home at no extra charge until you are satisfied.

Our technicians will schedule a convenient time to meet with you to discuss your pest concerns and provide individualized solutions that are right for you and your home.

Pest Control in Hamilton, ON: Insights from a Truly Trained Local Pest Control Professional

Corey Lewis
Corey Lewis

Homeowners and businesses face problems with pests on a daily basis throughout North America. When these problems arise, customers want their issues resolved efficiently and quickly. Behind every pest problem that is eliminated, there is a trained pest control professional (or a team) responsible for solving that issue.

Mr. Corey Lewis, Truly Nolen’s Director of Technical Operations for the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada location, usually shares his knowledge with us by posting to this blog. But this time we wanted to sit down with Corey so we can gain a better perspective of the daily life of a Truly Nolen pest control professional. Corey has more than 17 years of experience in pest and wildlife control and is Truly Nolen of Hamilton’s leading expert for all things pest related in Ancaster, Dundas, Burlington, Oakville, and Hamilton. Truly Nolen of Hamilton provides services for the elimination unwanted creatures that infest buildings such as ants, beetles, termites, cockroaches, and management or removal of squirrels, snakes, and birds. Although not immediately obvious to the untrained eye, these pests can pose serious risks to your health and safety.
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