Nobody likes to see ants in their kitchen or crawling across their work space. With over, 12,000 species world-wide, it’s important to have an accurate identification of this pest.
Carpenter ants are the largest ant species and can cause serious damage to your home or business. Visit our carpenter ant page for more information.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants are 2-4 millimeters long and range from dark brown to black in colour. An introduced species from Europe, they have established their colonies across North America. Winged reproductive ants swarm mainly in the spring but can also swarm at other times during the year. Workers will leave a pheromone trail which leads to your home once they find a food source. Large amounts of ants will follow this trail straight into your home.

Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh ants are yellow or reddish-brown in colour and are very small (2 mm in length).

They were originally found in tropical locations but have made their way to Canada. They currently thrive in buildings across the Southern Ontario region. These ants proliferate by producing additional queens that leave the original nest with a portion of workers and brood (a collection of eggs, pupa and larvae) to start another colony. A single nest can seed multiple colonies in a building in a short time period.

Elimination of these species can be arduous since multiple colonies can consolidate during a pesticide application to repopulate the building at a later time. Insecticide sprays should be avoided since they usually spread the infestation instead of conquering it.


Get relief from ants and call the experts at Progressive Pest Control. We can identify your specific ant species and adapt a treatment program that works.  We are experienced in the safe application of effective products approved by Health Canada. With the use of the right products and the latest methods, we will ensure that your pest problem is exterminated.