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Professional Ant Exterminator in Kelowna, Penticton & Vernon


At The Bugman Pest Control, we understand how troublesome an ant infestation in your home can be. Ants can carry diseases that risk you and your family's health and cause structural damage to your property. We offer quick and efficient ant exterminator services in Kelowna, Penticton & Vernon. Our licensed technicians have the equipment and experience to eliminate the infestation in your home.

Get in touch with us today to schedule an inspection and professional extermination services for ants and carpenter ant infestations.


Types of Ants Found in the Okanagan

The Okanagan region is home to a variety of ants, each with unique characteristics. These ants can invade your home and damage it in different ways. Some common ants found in this area are:


  • Carpenter ants: Carpenter ants are the largest native ant types and can grow up to 2 cm in size. They like to reside in moist wood, although they don’t eat it. They are social insects and can excavate galleries for their nesting areas. Read our blog to learn more about carpenter ants.

  • Odorous house ants/sugar ants: Odorous house ants are dark red or black and release an odour like rotten coconuts. Although they make their nests outdoors, they will enter your home if given a chance. These little brown ants vary from one-sixteenth to one-eighth of an inch long. Odorous house ants do not cause any health risks, but they can contaminate food and should be eliminated. Read more about sugar ants here.

  • Pavement ants: True to their name, these reddish-brown ants typically inhabit outdoor spaces beneath sidewalks, flat stones, concrete slabs, and along curbs or pavements. However, their versatile nature allows them to infiltrate various areas. With a hearty appetite that accommodates almost anything, these ants often invade homes and workplaces in their quest for food.

  • Pharaoh ants: Sporting a yellowish or light brown hue, pharaoh ants prefer warm indoor environments with high humidity levels. Despite their tiny size, measuring just 1 to 2 mm, these ants form expanding colonies. Notably, they pose health risks by spreading salmonellosis and dysentery.

  • Thatcher ants: Standing out in size with a distinctive red and black coloration, Thatcher ants derive their name from the massive mounds they construct, resembling thatched structures.


Signs of an Ant Infestation

Ants are insects that can sneak into your home from areas such as windows, broken doors, and foundations. Some common signs of an ant infestation in your home are:


  • Colony of ants: If you've noticed an ant colony in your home or yard, you should deal with it immediately.

  • Rustling noises: Carpenter ants live in wood and are active at night. While nesting in your wooden structures, they make rustling noises that are easy to detect.

  • Wooden shavings: When working in the wood in your home, carpenter ants will leave behind a trail of wooden shavings.

A carpenter ant can cause extensive damage to your home's foundation. If you have a carpenter ant infestation on your property, call us now.

What Attracts Ants?

Ants are always on the lookout for food and water. Unlike certain domestic pests that are drawn to humans by sensing body temperature or CO2 in the air, ants will search for food or debris left behind by humans. Ants are drawn to moist areas or areas with stagnant water in your home. They are often attracted to sugary or sweet-smelling foods. They are also attracted to pet food and bread.

Dangers of an Infestation

While a few ants on your property are normal, an infestation threatens your home. Ants carry a variety of diseases and can contaminate your food. In addition to that, species such as carpenter ants can cause structural damage to your property.


Carpenter ants build their nests in hollow regions and damp wood starts to degrade. Rather than eating the wood, these ants burrow through it, causing damage. Identifying if you have a carpenter ant invasion is more challenging because most of the damage they cause is buried in walls, doors and windows, decks, porches, as well as other wood surfaces.


Various species will eagerly shred your insulation to build a suitable nest. Follow where the ant tracks lead - this could lead you right to the source or, at the very least, give you possible access sites surrounding your property.

Contact the professionals at The Bugman Pest Control to deal with an infestation before it spreads.

Comprehensive Ant Removal Process by The Bugman Pest Control in Kelowna

Ants may be small, but the impact can be significant when they invade your living spaces. At The Bugman Pest Control, we understand that effective ant removal requires a tailored approach based on the ant species and the extent of the infestation, indoors or outdoors. Our dedicated ant exterminators in Kelowna have the expertise to manage ant problems through a meticulous ant removal process.


Understanding the diversity of ant species and the nuances of each infestation is paramount. Our Kelowna ant extermination team conducts a thorough assessment to identify the specific ants involved and the areas affected. This detailed inspection is the foundation of our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach.


Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a holistic strategy beyond extermination. It involves an in-depth knowledge of the pests residing in your home, allowing us to select the most effective and safest control options. The Bugman Pest Control prioritizes sustainable and environmentally conscious practices, emphasizing pest prevention and elimination through non-chemical treatments whenever possible.

Our Ant Removal Process

Check our unique approach below:


  • Inspection: Our skilled technician workers conduct a comprehensive inspection to identify ant species, locate nests, and assess the extent of the infestation. This step is crucial in developing a targeted and effective ant removal plan.

  • Identification: Knowing the ant species is key to choosing the right treatment. Whether dealing with common house ants, carpenter ants, or other varieties, our experts utilize their knowledge to tailor solutions that address the unique characteristics of each species.

  • Treatment options: Based on the inspection and identification, we implement a range of treatment options. These may include targeted chemical treatments for specific ant species, physical barriers, and, where possible, non-chemical methods to ensure a safe environment for your family and pets.

  • Prevention strategies: Ant control is not just about elimination but also preventing future infestations. Our team guides preventive measures, such as sealing entry points, eliminating food sources, and maintaining a clean environment to discourage ant re-entry.

  • Regular monitoring: We believe in the importance of ongoing monitoring to ensure the effectiveness of our ant removal efforts. Regular follow-ups allow us to track progress, make adjustments as needed, and relieve you from ant-related concerns.

At The Bugman Pest Control, we are committed to delivering effective, safe, and environmentally responsible ant extermination in Kelowna. Trust us to safeguard your home from ant infestations with our comprehensive ant removal process. Contact us today for personalized and professional ant control solutions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can an Exterminator Get Rid of Ants?

Yes. DIY ant traps or homemade ant killers are less effective than our professional solutions. An ant exterminator has the tools and methods to deal with an infestation and eliminate ants. 


How Much Will It Cost to Eliminate Ants?

It depends on the type of ants, the amount of infestation, the space covered, and the problem's extent. We can inspect your property and give you an estimate. Contact us for a quote.


How Can I Prevent Ants from Entering My Home?

Follow some of these tips to prevent an ant infestation at home:


  • Seal all entry points from where tiny ants can invade your home. If you find any cracks or gaps, close them immediately.

  • Clean up after eating and wipe any mess on the tables and kitchen counters.

  • Store snacks and food, especially sugary food items, in airtight containers.

  • Clean pet bowls immediately after your pet has finished eating.

  • Maintain outdoor areas by trimming bushes and sealing any cracks.

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Contact Us for Ant Removal in Kelowna

If you suspect an ant infestation in your home, speak to our Kelowna ant exterminators today to schedule an inspection and removal services. 

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