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How to Solve Common Ant Problems Around the Home




The last thing homeowners in Toronto and across Canada want to see in their home is a cluster of ants around their kitchen or any room in the house. Not only are they unsanitary, but they risk inviting additional pests into your home.

Keeping your family safe and ant-free is easier than it may seem. Follow these three tips for effective ant removal solutions.

Identify Any Nests

Knowing which type of ant is in your home is key to solving the problem. Black ants are often seen in clusters and near any food source in the house. If you’ve found a nest, you’re likely looking at carpenter ants. These particular pests find themselves around wooden areas — commonly on the home’s exterior, they may find themselves inside searching for food and water.

Since carpenter ants, in particular, pose a threat to the home’s structure, you may want to look for professional services. Accessing carpenter ant exterminators in Toronto is the next step for many local homeowners. An experienced company will have the tools and insight to ensure your home is rid of ants for good.

Spraying Entry Points

The entry points of your home are often susceptible to ants and small pests, mainly if the house is an older construction. These homes, unless newly renovated, likely have gaps around the windows and doors of the home or exposed pipes that ants can easily access.

Before taking any action with your spray bottle, use a moisture-resistant caulk around those spaces to seal any holes. From there, you can use an insecticide to deter ants from your home further — bifenthrin, deltamethrin, or permethrin chemicals are common choices. You’ll want to spray enough to dampen the surface.

Keep Your Home Clean

One of the simplest ways to prevent unwelcomed ants or small pests in your home is by regularly cleaning the surfaces of your household. Ants require food and shelter to survive, which means denying them these things is more likely to keep them out of your home and search elsewhere. The biggest culprit is the kitchen since that’s where your meals are prepared. After every meal, sweep away any food particles and nop your floors weekly — this ensures the ants cannot find any food sources and create their nests in your home.

Choose the Right Bait

No matter which type of ant, there is a type of bait that will help, if not wholly, rid your home of pests. A trap with a poisonous chemical inside is a favourable choice for black and brown pavement ants, as they’ll take the bait to their colonies and will eliminate the cluster upon digesting the bait.

Carpenter ants are far more stubborn, and their DIY method of removal is less concrete. In older Canadian homes, the first step is to find their nest. This can be achieved by placing minute dabs of honey, corn or maple syrup in areas where you’ve seen the ants.

To ensure swift cleanup, place the drops on masking tape stuck to your floors. The ants will likely leave trails that you can follow to determine where they’ve established a nest. Once this has been established, you can decide how best to seal the entry point.

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Trudeau says he discussed border with Biden, but no deal



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday he has spoken with U.S. President Joe Biden about how to lift pandemic-related border restrictions between the two countries but made clear no breakthrough has been achieved.

U.S. and Canadian business leaders have voiced increasing concern about the ban on non-essential travel in light of COVID-19 that was first imposed in March 2020 and renewed on a monthly basis since then. The border measures do not affect trade flows.

The border restrictions have choked off tourism between the two countries. Canadian businesses, especially airlines and those that depend on tourism, have been lobbying the Liberal government to relax the restrictions.

Canada last week took a cautious first step, saying it was prepared to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens returning home starting in early July.

Trudeau, speaking after a Group of Seven summit in Britain, said he had talked to Biden “about coordinating measures at our borders as both our countries move ahead with mass vaccination.” Canada is resisting calls for the border measures to be relaxed, citing the need for more people to be vaccinated.

The United States is ahead of Canada in terms of vaccination totals.

“We will continue to work closely together on moving forward in the right way but each of us always will put at the forefront the interests and the safety of our own citizens,” Trudeau told a televised news conference when asked the Biden conversation.

“Many countries, like Canada, continue to say that now is not the time to travel,” Trudeau added, though he said it is important to get back to normalcy as quickly as possible.


(Reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Editing by Will Dunham)

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Man with 39 wive dies in India



A 76-year-old man who had 39 wives and 94 children and was said to be the head of the world’s largest family has died in north east India, the chief minister of his home state said.

Ziona Chana, the head of a local Christian sect that allows polygamy, died on Sunday, Zoramthanga, the chief minister of Mizoram and who goes by one name, said in a tweet.

With a total of 167 members, the family is the world’s largest, according to local media, although this depends on whether you count the grandchildren, of whom Ziona has 33.

Winston Blackmore, the head of a polygamous Mormon sect in Canada, has around 150 children from 27 wives – 178 people in total.

Ziona lived with his family in a vast, four-story pink structure with around 100 rooms in Baktawng, a remote village in Mizoram that became a tourist attraction as a result, according to Zoramthanga.

The sect, named “Chana”, was founded by Ziona’s father in 1942 and has a membership of hundreds of families. Ziona married his first wife when he was 17, and claimed he once married ten wives in a single year.

They shared a dormitory near his private bedroom, and locals said he liked to have seven or eight of them by his side at all times.

Despite his family’s huge size, Ziona told Reuters in a 2011 interview he wanted to grow it even further.

“I am ready to expand my family and willing to go to any extent to marry,” he said.

“I have so many people to care for and look after, and I consider myself a lucky man.”


(Reporting by Alasdair Pal and Adnan Abidi in New Delhi; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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Huawei CFO seeks publication ban on HSBC documents in U.S. extradition case



Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on Monday will seek to bar publication of documents her legal team received from HSBC, a request opposed by Canadian prosecutors in her U.S. extradition case who say it violates the principles of open court.

Meng’s legal team will present arguments in support of the ban in the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Meng, 49, was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 on a warrant from the United States, where she faces charges of bank fraud for allegedly misleading HSBC about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s business dealings in Iran and potentially causing the bank to break U.S. sanctions on business in Iran.

She has been under house arrest in Vancouver for more than two years and fighting her extradition to the United States. Meng has said she is innocent.

Lawyers for Huawei and HSBC in Hong Kong agreed to a release of the documents in April to Meng’s legal team on the condition that they “use reasonable effort” to keep confidential information concealed from the public, according to submissions filed by the defense on Friday.

Prosecutors representing the Canadian government argued against the ban, saying in submissions filed the same day that “to be consistent with the open court principle, a ban must be tailored” and details should be selectively redacted from the public, rather than the whole documents.

A consortium of media outlets, including Reuters News, also opposes the ban.

The open court principle requires that court proceedings be open and accessible to the public and to the media.

It is unclear what documents Huawei obtained from HSBC, but defense lawyers argue they are relevant to Meng’s case.

Meng’s hearing was initially set to wrap up in May but Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes granted an extension to allow the defense to read through the new documents.

Hearings in the extradition case are scheduled to finish in late August.


(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by Howard Goller)

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