Carpenter Ants much like Termites work in a caste system and are important in the balance of
nature because they speed the deterioration of fallen timber. Unlike Termites, they don't actually feed on decaying wood. Rather, they burrow between the grains of wood leaving behind frass and build their colonies inside the hollowed out wood. Carpenter Ant galleries are smooth and very different from termite infested wood, which has mud packed into the hollowed out area.
The diet of Carpenter Ants is quite varied and includes living and dead insects, honeydew from
aphids, sweets, meat and fats. They achieve pest status when a colony invades and damages the integrity of the wood within a home or structure. Call Fresno, CA based Pest Control Fresno today to rid yourself of Carpenter Ants once and for all.
Workers leave the colony in late afternoon or early evening, forage during the night and return to the colony in the early morning hours. Carpenter Ants carry food back to the nest intact or ingested and later feed it to non-foraging members in the colony.
Homeowners become concerned when they see Carpenter Ants inside. But, seeing Carpenter Ants inside the home does not necessarily mean the house is actually infested. It could mean the house is simply within foraging distance of a colony which could be several hundred feet from the structure.
Certain parts of a house, around and under windows, roof eaves, decorative railroad ties, decks and porches are more likely to be infested by Carpenter Ants because of moisture damage in these areas. However, Carpenter Ants don't always need a moist area to nest. They may use an old abandoned nest or wood "hollowed out" by termites. Nests also may be located in hollow doors, small void areas produced during construction or even in foam insulation.
Carpenter Ant Colony Elimination
Since the visible Carpenter Ants that you are seeing in your home are only scouts looking for food, applying a baseboard spray to foraging workers with residual insecticides is of limited value because, even though some workers will die, the colony will largely be unaffected by the treatment. When the product dissipates within a few weeks, which they are designed to do, you will simply have to re-apply insecticides and start the process all over again while damage is still being done to your home.
Because Carpenter Ants live in Colonies, a treatment which targets the Colony is the only way to guarantee elimination of Carpenter Ants. What we do at Assassin Exterminating is not control the Carpenter Ant infestation, but completely eliminate it. All Carpenter Ant Treatments come with a minimum of 1 year guarantee with options for lifetime renewal at a nominal fee.
Problem Carpenter Ant Applications:
Remember, the most effective Carpenter Ant treatments are those that target the Colony.
Some companies may propose expensive treatments which use more insecticide than is
needed to control the Carpenter Ant problem.
Instead of spending the time to find the Colony, some companies propose to inject dust into
every exterior wall void. Not only is this expensive and disruptive to you, but if the
Colony isn't located in the home this will do nothing to eliminate the Colony.
Monthly sprays shouldn't be needed for managing Carpenter Ants. Inspections should be performed quarterly after a proper treatment to ensure complete Carpenter Ant colony elimination has been achieved.
Some companies propose injecting insecticides into the soil perimeter, similar to a termite
treatment. This would be very expensive and is not recommended for Carpenter Ant infestations.