Carpenter ants are one of the most dangerous ant species. At Rentokil, formerly OnSite Pest Control, carpenter ant removal is a service we have grown to specialize in. These ants excavate through wood and can cause major structural damage to property, costing homeowners tens of thousands of dollars if left untreated for too long. Around late spring is when the male winged carpenter ants, otherwise known as swarmers, will mate with winged females. Shortly thereafter, the females will shed their wings and the males will die. The only role of the carpenter ant queen is to lay eggs, keeping up the population of worker and reproductive ants to maintain the colony. A carpenter ant colony can grow quickly, making it important to contact a carpenter ant control company as soon as you notice them.
Carpenter ants in Vancouver are traditionally reddish-black in appearance and can be quite large in size (up to 2.5 cm). They favour damp, warm environments to build their colonies in. Carpenter ants set up their base of operations in outdoor nests which can be found in damp wood, such as rotting logs. They go back and forth into homes to gather food. You will often see carpenter ants out at night looking for food sources that are high in sugar and protein.
Carpenter may establish satellite nests around the perimeters of Vancouver homes where it is dark and damp. They need proper amounts of moisture for their eggs to survive. In any case, it’s important to know how to be on the lookout for their activity.
In the summertime, winged carpenter ants leave the nest. These are reproductive carpenter ants, both males and queens. They swarm seeking new places to establish nests in damp areas, looking behind dishwashers, under sinks, by tubs and shower tiles, in the walls behind toilets, and more. To establish a dry nest, workers might seek out hollow areas inside doors, the voids of walls, degraded solid wood, insulation, and other easily penetrable materials.
Once a nest is established in your home, you may begin to see carpenter ants out looking for food in the evenings and overnight. They display the most activity in the late winter and springtime. This is when they start to relocate their eggs to damper nesting sites and begin the mating season.
Besides seeing the ants themselves, there are several signs you may have a carpenter ant problem on your hands. If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to call your local carpenter ant extermination pros:
The best way to get rid of carpenter ants in Vancouver is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. Some of our top carpenter ant control tips include:
Carpenter ant treatment involves a tedious application of various products ranging from contact killers to powder-based residuals. The delivery method of some of these products may require drilling into wall voids to isolate key points such as “satellite nests” while providing a protective barrier around the remainder of the home. For quick and reliable carpenter ant removal services in Vancouver BC, contact Rentokil, formerly OnSite Pest Control today!
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