CARPENTER ANTS

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Training Guide for Carpenter Ants in Homes

Carpenter Ants, the name brings to mind images of little builders; however, these ants might more appropriately be named demolition ants because they burrow into already damaged or aging wood and cause it to deteriorate faster. In nature, Carpenter Ants are invaluable as they expedite the decomposition process of dead trees; however, they cannot differentiate between a dead tree and the wood in our homes making our houses attractive nesting sites. In addition to their destructive habits, they are also very intrusive as they forage throughout our homes looking for sugars and fats.

Carpenter Ants are the largest ant species, but size is not always the most accurate way of identifying them because workers can be various sizes (1/4 inch to 1/2 inch). Often times in the Seattle area, the Carpenter Ants are black with red legs and a smooth back, but can also have brown, orange or yellow leg colorations. Often times, home owners see winged reproductive ants when they leave the nest and swarm in the spring. In addition to sightings of ants, homeowners may also notice sawdust (frass) from the ants burrowing into the wood and a rustling sound from inside the walls much like walking through dried leaves. When you call Eagle Pest Eliminators, we positively identify the ant species and provide recommendations to ensure safe and effective treatments, and your 100% satisfaction.

Our technicians will treat your residence in the most eco-friendly manner possible to keep your family and our environment safe. Our technician will start with a visual inspection to identify the species and find the nesting areas. After discovering where the nests are located, the technician will treat with EPA approved products to eliminate the infestation. In addition to the main nest, Carpenter Ants also build satellite nests that can sometimes be difficult to detect, so our technician will schedule a follow-up visit to ensure the job is complete to your satisfaction.

Prevention Tips for Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants can damage the wood timbers used to build your home. Be sure all vegetation is trimmed back 12-18 inches away from your home as carpenter ants can use tree limbs touching home as a highway to infest your home. If you notice any wood decay (rot fungus) at exterior wood siding or wood decking areas etc… recommend all wood decay be replaced with new treated wood. Be sure to eliminate earth (soil) to wood contact as this will accelerate the wood decay process and can attract carpenter ants. Be sure there are no water leaks inside home or in your homes crawlspace as an excessive moisture condition to your home can invite these unwanted wood destroying ants.

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