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Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are one of the largest ant species found in the United States. Often confused with termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood but tunnel through it to build nests. They are most active during the spring and summer months and typically forage for food at night on live or dead insects, as well as anything people may consume. They come in a variety of sizes, usually associated with their job classifications, but size is not always an indicator in identifying them. Unlike other ant species, carpenter ants can be difficult to locate and require professional treatment because of the damage they cause to wood elements and foam insulation in your home. If you think you’ve seen carpenter ants inside your home, it could mean you have a colony inside. Get Smart Rat Solutions will gladly come and help you get rid of any ant problem you may have.

Signs of Carpenter Ants

Sightings of large dark-colored ants inside your home usually point to the first sign of a carpenter ant infestation. However, this does not necessarily mean a carpenter ant nest is present indoors.The location of a carpenter ants nest may actually be outside your home in logs, hollow trees, wood piles or anywhere else moist lumber can be found. Check basements, attics, garages and your homes exterior with the intention of following carpenter ants back to their nest or to discover where they are entering your home. Finding a number of winged reproductive ants at windows inside your house could also be an indication you might have an indoor nest. Porch pillars, supporting timbers, sills, joists, wall studs, window and door casings and amongst insulation near ceiling joists and wall studs are other common places Carpenter ants can be found. Indoor nests may originate from one or more parent colonies. Worker ants travel regularly between the satellite and parent colonies. To eliminate carpenter ants, finding and removing the parent nest and all of the satellite nests is the key to successful eradication of carpenter ants.

Concerns for Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants build a series of nests to ensure survival of their colonies, making them difficult to get rid of if you don’t know what to look for. Because they are nocturnal and don’t travel in large numbers they are challenging to track down. They can cause major structural damage quickly because they often times go unnoticed. For these reasons it’s important to call a professional who can assess your ant problem. At Get Smart Rat Solutions we take the time to get at the root of every infestation so you can be confident your ant problem has been eradicated.

Carpenter Ant Control Solutions

We set out to identify the source of any carpenter ant infestation so that all ants inside and outside can be eliminated using our 5 step S.M.A.R.T. Process:

Through our S.M.A.R.T. process we determine all entry points, secure the ants from entering in the future and dispose of all dead pests and contaminated debris. Once we are confident that your home has been safely cleared and secured we customize a plan, tailored specifically to your needs, to prevent any future infestations.

Our process encompasses the biology, anatomy, psychology and social systems of all pests and wildlife; designed to help you understand the ‘why’ behind your infestation. We specialize in elimination,sanitation, prevention and routine maintenance of your home or office so you can be rest assured your home is protected from future infestations.

Carpenter Ant Prevention

Our highly trained professionals don’t just come out to take care of the job. We take pride in  providing you with a well rounded understanding of your infestation. We determine why carpenter ants are attracted to your home so that we can pass along our knowledge to you; that you may be able to confidently apply preventative measures against future infestation.

Did You Know?

One carpenter ant queen can live up to 25 years, establishing many satellite colonies and having millions of babies.

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