Although these ants do not actually consume wood for food the way that termites do, they cause serious structural damage by hollowing out wood in order to nest and lay their eggs. Unlike termites who are not seen until damage has progressed, carpenter ants make their presence known so that most people deal with the problem before the damage becomes a major issue.
How we will treat your carpenter ant problem:
The Integrated Pest Control team uses a fully integrated approach in our carpenter ant control program including inspection, identification, recommendations to you for structural and cultural measures that will aid in control and the proper treatment as indicated.
Exterior: This is the first line of defense. We apply a low hazard residual spray such as Termidor™ to the foundation and other areas where ants are traveling or are expected to travel. This material has a great transfer effect. Ants that cross over treated areas will pick up microscopic particles on their bodies and bring it back to the colony. When individuals die in the colony, they are used for food and because ants feed each other, this material is transferred to others in the colony including the queen.
Interior: Our first choice is the use of gel, granular or liquid baits placed into cracks, crevices and voids out of the reach of children and pets. These baits can be very effective under most conditions; however, because it takes time for the ants to actually ingest it, it may take some time for control using this method alone.
If the homeowner wishes a quicker knockdown of existing ants, a spot treatment to critical areas with a low hazard residual spray may be suggested in addition to or in place of the baits described above. Children and pets need be kept away from treated areas during treatment and until dry, usually not more than 1-2 hours.
Structural and cultural methods to aid in control: Cut back any vegetation touching the structure, keep gutters clean, repair any leaks and rotten wood, move wood piles at least 20 feet away from the structure and keep mulch/earth from touching wood at the base of the structure. All of these things are actually a great way to reduce termites as well.