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The carpenter ant is one of the largest species of the “Formicidae” family and the “Hymenoptera” order. The mature carpenter ant is about 0.5 inches in length, no smaller than 3/8”. Formicidae species colonize to ensure the longevity of the queen who is the primary reproductive member. The colony continues to expand, as the queen produces up to 30,000 eggs each day. Unfortunately, many of the eggs will not survive because they are infertile. The queen carpenter ant will continue reproducing to ensure there is an adequate number of workers and soldiers.
Carpenter Ant Home Infiltration
It is no big secret carpenter ants are nuisance pests that never fail to show up for outdoor activities. The insects are also a nuisance for property owners, tenants, landlords, and businesses. Small exterior-to-interior cracks are utilized by the carpenter ant to invade residential, industrial, and commercial facilities.
When carpenter ants infiltrate homes, they are searching for a food source, which they more often find than not. The diet consists of household waste, nonperishables, and food stored in vulnerable packagings, such as paperboard and plastic containers.
Carpenter Ant Extermination
Our industrial-strength carpenter ant treatments include pesticides and insecticides, which are combined with glue traps and inspections. Each treatment is customized to ensure maximum results in the shortest duration. To pinpoint the best custom treatment, our pest control experts rely on evidence from a visual pest inspection.
During a pest inspection, the technician is looking for signs of carpenter ants. These signs include live carpenter ants, flying carpenter ant swarmers, fecal material, damaged food packages, piles of shavings from gnawing on wooden structures, scurrying, and rustling sounds coming from interior walls and underground tunnels with entrance mounds.
DIY Pest Control
Do-it-yourself or over-the-counter pest management products are available at big-box, retail, and home & garden stores. These low potency insecticides are reasonably priced and accessible, making them a suitable option for consumers on a budget. While accessible and affordable, over-the-counter pesticides are not suitable for a carpenter ant infestation.
Carpenter Ant Treatment Risks
Conventional carpenter ant treatment utilizes synthetic chemicals, which are described as environmentally unfriendly ingredients. Implementing a safety strategy, in combination with a conventional custom treatment allows our technicians to fully eradicate a carpenter ant colony with minimal to no environmental risks.
In addition to a quality chemical safety implementation, we require all occupants – humans and animals – to be evacuated from the impacted home before each treatment.
Free Carpenter Ant Inspection
Our pest control company provides home inspections that target all pest species, including rodents and insects. We offer this service for free via appointment only to all local consumers. When carpenter ants are detected in your home by you, a visitor, or another occupant, we recommend our free visual inspection. We will have your service request process within 48 hours in most cases.
Carpenter Ant Prevention
Carpenter ants infiltrate houses, grocery stores, restaurants, cinemas, food manufacturing facilities, bakeries, condominiums, and pharmacies. Any establishment with vulnerable structural components is at risk of a carpenter ant infiltration. Repairing these vulnerabilities should be integrated into the prevention strategy. Other tips include the following:
- Seal exterior-to-interior gaps and holes with caulk or silicone
- Upgrade to a glass or ceramic food storage system with lids that reseal
- Regularly inspect your property, focusing on high-risk rooms – kitchen and dining room
- Learn the signs of a carpenter ant infestation