Carpenter Ant Removal & Control

Serving Vancouver British Columbia | Abbotsford | Burnaby | Maple Ridge

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 Ant Identification

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.

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Carpenter Ant Life Cycle

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.

Signs You Need Carpenter Ant Extermination

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:

  1. If you have carpenter ant nests in your house, you may see large swarms of winged ants around the house.
  2. Aside from simply seeing the ants in the house, you may also find piles of coarse sawdust lying around. This is the debris that carpenter ants leave behind when they build their nests. They build nests by chewing through wood to create tunnels. 
  3. Carpenter ants can cause serious structural damage to your home. If you notice weakened wood structures, you may have a carpenter ant problem.
  4. If you think a nest is in the wall, you may be able to locate it by sound. Sometimes you can actually hear them chewing.

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

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:

  1. Trim your trees so that their branches don’t touch your home. 
  2. Keep up with repairs and replace any waterlogged wood with sound, dry wood.
  3. Be sure there is good drainage around your home.
  4. Be careful not to bring infested firewood into the house. Store your firewood away from your house.
  5. Keep all foods securely stored so that ants are not attracted to them. Keep all jelly, honey, sugar, and sweet foods in locking, airtight containers that will not allow carpenter ants access. Be careful of high-protein foods like meats and pet foods, too. 

Professional Carpenter Ant Treatment

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!

Carpenter Ant Removal & Control in Vancouver BC

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