Pest Control for Carpenter Ants
When it comes to carpenter ants, they can cause a number of problems for homeowners. Often going unnoticed until extensive damage has already been done, it is especially crucial to find the nesting sites before the ants can cause structural damage. We want to ensure that home or business remains free of carpenter ants even long after we remove them, which is why we’ve designed carpenter ant treatment services specifically designed to protect you against future carpenter ant infestations. Whether they’ve invaded your home or commercial business, we have the skills, equipment, and experience to effectively control any carpenter ant problems you are experiencing, no matter how big or small.
Read more to learn about our specific pest control procedures for carpenter ant treatment and control, as well as how we can get your home or business back to pest-free in as soon as today by setting up a cost-free inspection.
Ultimate Home Protection from Carpenter Ants
The Catseye mission is to protect your home and family by providing the best carpenter ant treatment and award-winning customer service. We are experts at carpenter ant elimination though a time-tested process that includes:
- Performing a free, detailed inspection of your home.
- Creating a customized carpenter ant eradication program for you based on the inspection
- Using Integrated Pest Management practices and scheduling longer service visits than traditional pest control companies to ensure enough time to properly fix your pest problem
- Offering flexible scheduling and emergency visits
- Providing a secure online account
- Emailing regular service reports
- Installing our signature Service Scan System to timestamp when and where our pest management technicians were in your home
Learn about our cost and pricing for carpenter ant pest control here.
Carpenter Ant Treatment & Removal
Your home is an important investment and should be a safe place for you and your family, and a carpenter ant problem can jeopardize your safety and comfort. These wood-destroying insects are not only annoying, they can ruin wood and cause structural damage to your home.
Carpenter ant control requires a combination of two strategic treatments. Catseye’s Carpenter Ant Eradication Program includes both treatments spaced about 10 days apart to eliminate these pests.
- We start by finding where on your property the colony hiding is. Often, the main part of the colony is found in a fallen tree or stump in your yard and expanded with satellite colonies into your house.
- Once we identify the colony, we inject a material into the nest that flushes the ants from the nest and eradicates them. This treatment also has a residual insect growth regulator that prevents eggs in the nest from developing and sterilizes any remaining adult ants.
- We combine this with a carpenter ant bait treatment that recruits foraging ants to help eradicate the colony when they bring the bait back into the nest. After getting rid of the colony, we clean and sanitize the area.
- During the first treatment one of our pest management professionals will inject the cracks and crevices near carpenter ant activity to flush out the nest. We then target areas that are favorable to carpenter ant colonization with a residual material that will finish eliminating the nest.
- During the second treatment our pest management professional will spot-treat and reapply the residual material as needed. Any deceased ants and nesting material will also be removed.
Catseye also has a home repair team available to remove and replace moisture-damaged wood and perform any other carpenter ant damage repair. We will often make recommendations to prevent carpenter ants from returning in the future based on any observations made while treating your home. This may include fixing a leaky air conditioning unit or dishwasher or adjusting poor drainage around the foundation of your home.
Damage by Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are mostly known for further damaging wood that has been already softened by moisture, but these pests can also bite. Carpenter ants will only bite if they are handled or threatened. Carpenter ant can sometimes cause structural damage in large infestations. Every spring and summer, winged carpenter ants fly into the air to mate and begin a new colony. These “swarms” are looking for the perfect spot to build their colony and will sneak into your home through cracks in windows, doors and the foundation.
Wood ruined by your leaky kitchen sink or malfunctioning laundry machine is heaven to a carpenter ant. The worker ants build tunnels for the colony by chewing off bits of wood and kicking the sawdust outside of the nest. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat wood — they prefer sweets and proteins.
Signs of Carpenter Ants
Other signs include finding small piles of sawdust and hearing rustling sounds coming from within a wall. Look for these indicators in places around your home where there is excess moisture. These are the areas where carpenter ants like to nest.
Look for these telltale signs of carpenter ants:
- Flying ants around the house. One of the most common signs of carpenter ants is seeing a swarm of winged ants in or near your home.
- Trails of ants traveling through your house
- Noticing ants foraging in your house particularly, between sunset and midnight
- Small piles of sawdust
- Rustling sounds at night while the worker ants are busy building galleries
Benefits of Professional Pest Control for Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ant infestations can be tricky to eradicate because this ant species is known for building satellite nests in different places. Our pest management professionals have the experience and tools to find and treat all nests within your home.
This service targets pests including:
Follow these preventative tips to protect your home from a carpenter ant infestation:
- Store firewood away from the home and trim back bushes and trees from the edge of the house.
- Fix water leaks and adjust the grading around your house so there is no standing water.
- Install proper screening in windows and door sweeps on entry doors.
- Seal cracks in the foundation with caulk.
- Regularly wipe down counters and vacuum floors to remove crumbs that could attract ants.
- Use airtight containers to store food in the pantry.
If you think you have carpenter ants, don’t wait! Contact us for your free inspection today!