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Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants are typically black in color. They vary in size from ¼ inch to ¾ of an inch long. These ants excavate tunnels in wood that resemble the damage of termites. Click here for an illustration of this damage.

These tunnels are usually hollowed in moist wood, although Carpenter Ants can burrow in dry wood. They do not use the wood for food as the termite, but hollow it out for their home. If you see what appears to be saw dust, it is probably the frass, material that the Carpenter Ants are hollowing out of your joists or studs of your home. If you see black ants with wings ¾ to 1 inch long, you more than likely have an established colony. The colony is mature when winged re-producers are formed. This generally takes 3 to 6 years at which time 2000 to 3000 ants will be present. Carpenter Ants main diet is other insects and water; although they will also feed on aphid honeydew and nearly anything people eat.

Control/Service

We recommend a quarterly service for a minimum of one year; although most of our customers continue with quarterly service to keep their pest problems under control. Why?

There may be other colonies and or other insects in or around your home that may continue to invade your home
It normally takes up to one year for all the eggs to hatch and all the ants to get into treatment
The colony is usually located in inaccessible areas.

During the initial service we will inspect your home to try and locate the colony. We will treat your home with a water base material where Carpenter Ants generally like to nest, a dust material in void spaces, and/or bait materials where Carpenter Ants have been sighted. The water base material has a three-month residue and will help control most all crawling insects spiders and wasps. Any problems with insects that are covered under the service agreement will be treated at no additional charge between regular scheduled services; call us for full guarantee details.