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Ants: How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

How to Get Rid of Car­pen­ter Ants

Car­pen­ter ants are rel­a­tively large ants that bore into soft, damp wood and build colonies inside those hol­low spaces. They aggres­sively destroy wood and can eas­ily be con­sid­ered as dan­ger­ous a pest to your home as termites.

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Ants at work

Unlike ter­mites, how­ever, car­pen­ter ants are not wood eaters. These pests chew through wood, leav­ing behind insect frass sim­i­lar to the look of sawdust.

 

 

 

Rob from A Con­cord Car­pen­ter, has a great video on find­ing the ants access point and I wanted to include it here:

Do it your­self Pest Con­trol: Car­pen­ter Ant Bait

If you are a do it your­self pest con­trol type of per­son, we rec­om­mend the Car­pen­ter Ant Bait Kits sold by Do My Own Pest Con­trol. We have had very good results using this prod­uct and rec­om­mend you try it out. I can be an effec­tive, low cost solu­tion to the problem.

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How Car­pen­ter Ants damage

Car­pen­ter ants are attracted to damp wood, they ingest the wood and can cause seri­ous struc­tural dam­age to your homes foun­da­tion and decks if left unchecked.

In many parts of the coun­try, these ants are respon­si­ble for more prop­erty dam­age than any other pest, includ­ing termites.

Wood destroyed by ants

Dam­age by Car­pen­ter Ants

Car­pen­ter ants are social insects liv­ing in large colonies con­sist­ing of poly­mor­phic sub­sets. Mean­ing that they can appear in a vari­ety of sizes based on their par­tic­u­lar duty in the colony. They use the com­par­a­tively large mandibles to hol­low out gal­leries in wood for nest­ing pur­poses which can weaken the struc­ture of your home.  Car­pen­ter ants typ­i­cally nest in any hol­low area or space that is near water and/or food sources. They move in a trail car­ry­ing the food back to their nest which can con­ve­niently lead you to the colony hub in the process. Car­pen­ter ants can be found in any wooden struc­tures that have been moist­ened or soft­ened by water dam­age. These ants also like to nest in foam insulation.

Keep it clean

Car­pen­ter ants com­monly for­age for food scraps wher­ever they can be found in the home. Unlike, bed­bugs for exam­ple, who feed only on blood meals from warm bod­ies ani­mals, ants thrive in a messy home. If you leave crumbs on the floor, or food on the counter or in the kitchen sink, you are just ask­ing for trou­ble. Once in your house, it may be tough to get them out with­out pro­fes­sional help.

Check out this video on how to locate the car­pen­ter ants nest sim­ply by fol­low­ing the trail to the source

What you can do to keep ants out.

As is com­mon with nearly all house­hold pests; piles of leaves and debris near the home, stacks of wet or rot­ting wood and thick veg­e­ta­tion in direct con­tact with the struc­ture will always attract unwanted pests. It is a good idea to clear away any­thing in con­tact with the foun­da­tion so that you can inspect it clearly and look for trou­ble spots. Refresh the caulk­ing along win­dow and door seams and seal up cracks in the bricks or con­crete. Also, make sure that down­spouts from gut­ters are pour­ing away from your house and have no cracks and leaks that can dampen your foundations.

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Seal all joins

Remem­ber, bugs are going to get into your home. It is your job to make the home as unap­peal­ing as pos­si­ble for any unwanted vis­i­tors so that they will choose an eas­ier tar­get to access and per­haps decide not to stay. If your ant prob­lem in not severe, it can usu­ally be han­dled with some judi­cious upkeep and some spray­ing using store­bought prod­ucts from the hard­ware store.

How­ever, it is always a good idea to have pes­ti­cides of any kind be applied by a pro­fes­sional. Ran­domly spray­ing about your house can be a health risk to fam­ily and pets. We always rec­om­mend that you call a qual­i­fied and licensed pro­fes­sional who will apply the appro­pri­ate prod­uct to the appro­pri­ate area. Espe­cially when deal­ing with Car­pen­ter Ants that should be con­sid­ered a legit­i­mate threat to the con­di­tion of your home and should be treated as such.

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Mice: Mouse repellent and mouse control

Mouse Con­trol: Do I need a Mouse Repellent?

Mouse con­trol and Rat con­trol are impor­tant to your family’s health and safety. The com­mon house mouse, or as I like to refer to them, ‘rat’s more adorable cousin’ may seem rel­a­tively harm­less, but these crea­tures can be a sig­nif­i­cant health risk.

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House Centipede

Centipedes: How to kill centipedes and eliminate them in your home

How to kill Cen­tipedes in your home:

First of all, if you have house cen­tipedes in your home, it is most likely that you have a prob­lem with other insect pests in your home as well because cen­tipedes are insec­ti­vores. What is an insec­ti­vore? Well, just like an her­bi­vore eats plants, a car­ni­vore eats ani­mal pro­tein, and omni­vores eat every­thing. Insec­ti­vore is an ani­mal (or plant) that eats insects. Thus, they are in your home because there is an ade­quate insect food source avail­able there. 

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Silverfish: How to get rid of Silverfish

Sil­ver­fish:

This arti­cle out­lines many tech­niques on how to get rid of sil­ver­fish. While prepar­ing for this arti­cle I saw some­thing online the other day, it said “Con­trary to the pop­u­lar belief, the sil­ver­fish bug is not a fish!”. I couldn’t help but laugh at the idea that there was a ‘pop­u­lar belief’ about sil­ver­fish. Maybe it is due to my line of work that makes that so amus­ing to me. Another com­mon name for sil­ver­fish is fish­moth, which to me is an even stranger mis­nomer since they have no wings and do not fly. The name ‘Sil­ver­fish’ is likely given due to their com­mon (but not always) pale color and fish-out-of-water habit of squirm­ing from side-to-side as a means of locomotion.

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The Common House Cricket

Crickets in the House: Advice from an Exterminator

Crick­ets in the House: How to keep out the crickets.

Acheta Domes­ti­cus (Lin­naeus), oth­er­wise known as the Com­mon House Cricket can be a frus­trat­ing pest to try to con­trol. Like all crick­ets, they are closely related to Grasshop­pers and Locust. They are eas­ily iden­ti­fied by their brow­ish beige bod­ies, pow­er­ful back legs and a pat­tern of 3 dark bands run­ning hor­i­zon­tally across the head. Like their larger cousins, they have 2 sets of wings which they do not use for fly­ing. The male cricket uses these wings (the front wings) to cre­ate the loud chirp­ing sound that most of us find charm­ing while camp­ing and incred­i­bly annoy­ing while try­ing to watch tele­vi­sion. Male crick­ets use this sound to attract the female, instead of say, stand­ing out­side their win­dow hold­ing a boom box over their head, for example.

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bed bug advice

Bed Bug Advice: How to Kill Bed Bugs

Bed Bug advice from an Exterminator

Vis­i­ble to the human eye, bed bugs are tiny, wing­less insects with flat, oval-shaped bod­ies that pri­mar­ily feed on warm-blooded ani­mals, usu­ally humans. Con­tinue read­ing

Urban Raccoon

Raccoon Removal: How to get rid of a raccoon

About Rac­coons

Rac­coon are pri­mar­ily noc­tur­nal ani­mals that feed on berries, insects, fruit and small mam­mals.  Con­sid­ered a medium-sized mam­mals, they usu­ally range from 24” – 36” in length Con­tinue read­ing

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Flea Killer: Advice from an Exterminator

Advice from an Exter­mi­na­tor: Fleas

Infor­ma­tion about fleas

Fleas are clas­si­fied in the phy­lum Arthro­poda , class Insecta, order Siphonaptera which means “wing­less siphon.  Fleas are tiny, less than ⅛”. They are lat­er­ally flat­tened, wing­less, brown­ish black in color, but will appear red­dish fol­low­ing a blood meal (ick!).   Con­tinue read­ing

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Termite Treatment Costs: Advice from an Exterminator

Termite treatment cost

In their nat­ural habi­tat, these pesky insects serve an impor­tant role in the eco sys­tem by break­ing down dead wood in the forests and speed­ing the nutri­ent con­ver­sion of in the soil.

Of course, their nat­ural habit is wood. And guess what our houses are made of? That’s right, wood. In fact, ter­mites, on aver­age, are respon­si­ble for more dam­age every year than does to hous­ing than fire.

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Yellow Jacket and Wasp Control: Advice from an Exterminator

If you spot “bees” get­ting into your house from an open­ing in an exte­rior wall, I have some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that you prob­a­bly do not have a bee prob­lem. The bad news is Con­tinue read­ing

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Advice from an Exterminator: Cockroaches

Get­ting cock­roaches under con­trol – Know Your Enemy Before You Start

Ques­tion: Aren’t all cock­roaches pretty much the same?
Answer: No! With over 4,000 unique species of cock­roaches across the globe you you can bet that these crea­tures are highly adapt­able and have evolved unique traits!

Although this is gen­er­ally true, in real­ity only about 30 species of cock­roaches are prob­lem­atic for peo­ple and require pest management.

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Roof Rat

Rats in the Attic: Rat Snap Traps and Rat Proofing

Rat con­trol: How to deal with rats in the attic.

Roof rats can cer­tainly be a per­sis­tent pest requir­ing  sig­nif­i­cant rat proof­ing work to keep them out of struc­tures and under con­trol. Here are some good tips on how to defend against a roof rat invasions.

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