"Ants are the dominant insects of the world, and they've had a great impact on habitats almost all over the land surface of the world for more than 50-million years.” - E. O. Wilson
If you suspect you have a Carpenter Ant or wood ant colony near or within your home, and especially if you have a current infestation of them, don’t hesitate to call us immediately. The damage Carpenter Ants can do increases dramatically over time, and the repairs to your home could be quite costly if the ants are allowed to continue foraging within your structure. Check out our handy guide on Carpenter Ant preventative measures for information on how you can better protect your home against an infestation.
Discovering even a few Carpenter Ants in your home should be cause for alarm. Infestations can be sudden, as an entire colony can take root at a location in a matter of hours, usually having relocated from a nearby site, like a neighbor’s home, a field, woodpile, or forestland (Carpenter Ants are indigenous to forests) but they can also develop very slowly from within the structure, itself, with only their prevalence seeming sudden. This depends on whether the colony has “moved-in” from another location, already at a large colony size, or if it has “grown up” in the structure, from a single queen into a colony, which can be a gradual, seasonal process. A fully-functioning, mature colony can take years to develop within a structure, and may go unnoticed until people finally encounter them. This means that the problem can exist, and make much ground, long before it becomes noticeable. While sanitation and physical measures are strong methods of deterring a potential infestation, these often end up taking place too late, after a reproductive has already begun the process of expanding a colony in or near the structure. The best method for managing a current infestation or growing colony is by contacting a professional who can put together an integrated solution plan. You can attempt to remove the infestation yourself, and there are methods for doing so, but it is quite common that DIY methods end up being temporary fixes. These can cause a colony to simply change location within the structure, break apart into multiple satellite colonies, or even force the ants into areas that are actually more difficult to reach and treat. In short, the problem can be made worse without thorough, professional attention.
The three Carpenter Ant species likely to be causing trouble for you in the Pacific Northwest are Camponotus modoc, C. Vicinus, and C. pennsylvanicusOf these, C. pennsylvanicus is not as common in our area.Treatment for Carpenter Ant infestations is the same regardless of which of these species has colonized your residence or property.
While insecticides and other measures are used to control Carpenter Ant infestations, the first step in any pest control plan will be inspection. Inspection is crucial and informs the technician on the scope of the infestation, where it is likely to be located (for instance, outside the structure, or within, and where), and a number of possibilities (like the potential for satellite colonies) that need to be taken into consideration in order to effectively treat the infestation. The inspection also informs the technician about potential risks with specific treatments, important specifics about the structure itself, and the possible impact of various types of treatment. Much needs to be taken into consideration, from structural details, pets, schedules, and food sources, to the materials in which the colony has formed, how it is foraging to locations, and even the growth stage of the colony. An initial inspection is the first step in any pest control service. Bug Zapper Pest Control offers a free initial inspection. We can determine the severity of your Carpenter Ant infestation and propose a treatment method that works best for your home.
The second step in a pest control plan is to choose an adequate control measure. Other than physical, preventative measures, the control of Carpenter Ant infestations generally falls into pest management plans that will utilize various forms of insecticide. These can include non-repellent sprays, baits, foams, and dusts. Baits are typically placed near or directly within known or suspected ant trails, to ensure they are effective, and these are designed specifically to attract Carpenter Ants. It is important to make sure there are no competing food sources nearby, to ensure the ants focus on the bait, which will contain an insecticide that can be taken back into the nest. Carpenter Ants also seek out different foods at different stages. They favor sugary food sources much of the time, but their dietary needs will also often have them seeking out proteins, instead. Different baits designed to appeal to either of these needs can be used, depending on the ants current dietary cycle. When dealing with galleries, it is more common to use dusts (galleries can be located several ways, but often are found quickest by searching for the frass or “sawdust” that results from the chewing action needed to create the galleries). Dusts, foams, and aerosols are also quite handy in treating within walls or other difficult, hollowed locations, and they can be very effective when used in a strong control plan. Liquid perimeter sprays are quite common and effective, using various concentrates and offering a wide variety of options. Non-repellent sprays are typically used in conjunction with baits (a repellent near bait would keep the ants from accessing the bait, and be counter-productive) and offer a residual effectiveness that continues to work for longer periods of time. Perimeter sprays are especially effective if the infestation forages into the structure from outside. Foams, like dusts, are generally used in galleries, but are also useful for treating recessed, hard-to-reach areas, like cracks and crevices, due to the expansion property. Some of these methods convey repellents to keep ants at bay, while some can use attractants (like baits), but most professional pest control for Carpenter Ants will use an insecticide that can be taken back into the main nest(s), where the entire population can be eradicated. Bug Zapper Pest Control offers a 100% guarantee on our Carpenter Ant treatment services.
Indoor infestations can be quite tricky to manage. Carpenter Ants can nest in a variety of hollow areas. They can nest in decayed wood, within walls, in insulation near wood, behind cabinets and baseboards, or any other hollow area conducive to their foraging. Control of indoor infestations requires thorough inspection of the structure and a knowledge of its specific materials and layout.
They tend to prefer nocturnal foraging schedules, and they seek out several forms of food to match their dietary needs. They will commonly collect dead insects for consumption, usually focusing on the fluids within the dead insect, leaving the body, itself, behind, though they will occasionally drag a body away to a safer location for extraction of the materials within. It is not uncommon for Carpenter Ants to forage in groups (often large) but typically, the prefer to forage individually, reporting back on anything they find. They do this using a biochemical marker, or pheromone, to create a path from the nest to the food source they have discovered. Once this pheromone trail is set down by the foraging ant, workers will begin following it to the food source. If the food source is good enough, more workers will join into the route, each marking the same path until the pheromone trail becomes quite strong, calling to more and more ants. In this way, the better the food source found, the more popular the trail becomes, and the more ants are naturally called to harvest it. The queen also has a variety of pheromones she can use in the maintenance of the colony. These can be used to communicate needs, calm or excite workers, convey status, or even give orders.
Our goal is to kill carpenter ants quickly while providing premium quality service. We take great care to protect your family, pets and home. In Carpenter_Ant.jpgpreparation for your first service appointment please help us with the following details:
1. All open food should be covered or stored.
2. Both indoor and outdoor pet food and water dishes should be covered or stored.
3. Children, pets and adults should avoid contacting wet product applied by your technician until it is completely dry.
4. Gather and cover children's toys in the area to be treated.
5. As an extra precaution, after service we recommend counters, utensils and eating surfaces be wiped down.
You do not need to move your furniture away from walls; the commercial grade products used by our technicians are remarkably effective and do not require you to move large furniture items.
Our technicians are highly trained to apply products in the most responsible manner limiting risk to families and pets. Please follow these guidelines to help protect your pets:
1. Pets should avoid contacting wet product applied by your technician until the treatment is completely dry (usually 15-30 minutes). This may best be accomplished by confining pets to one room or outside while the rest of your home is treated and until applied products are completely dry.
2. Fish, reptile and insect terrarium tanks should be covered with a towel and aerators turned off during treatment.
In general, the products we use have minimal odor, and you are not required to leave your home or office during the treatment.
At the conclusion of each service, your technician will place a bright orange service card on your door detailing the treatment provided. Billing is generally provided via email (unless otherwise requested) after service is completed. We offer several convenient options for easy payment of your bill:
Option #1- Pay your technician. You can pay your technician at the time of service with cash or check and he will issue a receipt for payment.
Option #2 - Pay with a credit or debit card. To save you time and stamps, we offer one-time or automatic payment processing. Call 541-672-6339 (Douglas County) or you can call 541-636-0146 (Lane County, Linn County, Benton County) to securely pay with any major credit or debit card. For convenient budgeting, we can also automatically process your monthly payment on a payment plan that best meets your budgeting needs.
Option #3 - Mail your payment. Mailed payments to the following address: Bug Zapper Pest Control PO Box 788 Roseburg, OR 97470
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