Carpenter Ants Control Vancouver

Carpenter ants got their name from their ability to hollow their nest in decaying woods creating a smooth channel and galleries in it. Unlike termites, they do not eat woods but they can damage it leading to severe structural damage to your home. It can take carpenter ants years to cause significant damage.

Carpenter ants are no aliens to Vancouver homes as they can be very damaging and cause a lot of troubles for homeowners who are disturbed at the sight of heaps of sawdust being kicked out of wooden structures in the house.

The Camponotus modoc commonly referred to as the “big black ant” is the most common carpenter ant species found throughout Vancouver especially in the moist rich areas or places that are heavily covered with plants or trees, so if you stay in one these areas or both you will see them.

These ants can excavate dry wood so well but prefer to attack wood that has already been damaged by moisture leading to a further weakening of the wood. They gain entrance into homes through cracks and holes where pipes and wire pass through into the house.

When viewed from the side, it has an evenly rounded thorax with a bent antenna and a thin waist that is detached from the upper and lower body segments. They are black in color with red legs ranging in size from 6mm to 2.5 cm.

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How to Identify Carpenter Ants in Vancouver?

When viewed from the side, it has an evenly rounded thorax with a bent antenna and a thin waist that is detached from the upper and lower body segments. They are black in color with red legs ranging in size from 6mm to 2.5 cm.

How do Carpenter Ants Get into the house?

The tendency of having an infestation of carpenter ants on your property is very high because structural components made with wood cannot escape their damage, most especially the moist ones, so when they have direct contact with woods attached to your home then a pathway would be created by excavating the wood into your house. They can also gain access through cracks and holes where pipes and wires pass through into the house.

What Do Carpenter Ants Eat?

Carpenter ants eat a wide range of foods that contain either protein or carbohydrates, they include, sugar, grease, and honeydew secreted by aphids on leaves. They are also the largest predators of other insect species.

How to Detect a Carpenter Ant Infestation?

The first sign of an infestation is when you find a carpenter ant in your home in the springtime foraging for food. But this does not mean that they are nested in your house, because these ants can forage for food up to 90 meters away from their parent nest that may be situated somewhere outside your home whether in trees, stumps, water damaged wood structures. So it simply means that when you see a swarm of carpenter ants in your home, most times they are not nested inside but when you see a swarm of carpenter ants outside then they already have an established colony nearby.

If they have made their way into your home, you may be able to hear the scurry sound that they make when chewing on wood or whatever they are excavating - this indicates that there is an active nest and it can be heard clearly when the room is quiet especially at night.

The moment you find piles of sawdust or frass (frass refers to ant parts and other debris) that they leave beneath, behind, or beside wooden structures as a result of their excavating action is a sign that they have started excavating living space out of the wood structures.

Also when you notice reproductive winged insects flying inside your home during spring, it means that new carpenter ants colonies have been established. And this can be alarming as large winged insect ants begin to emerge from your home.

How to control Carpenter Ants in Vancouver


Carpenter ants can migrate across several residential homes in foraging for food because of their nature as prolific travelers. The following are ways that you can prevent their infestations:

  • Seal all cracks and little openings on the exterior part of the house, including pipes and other wall penetrations, the reason being that they are tiny creatures and can easily make their way inside.
  • For an infestation of the carpenter ants to occur within the building it means that there is a moisture problem in the house, for example, these ants are sometimes found around sinks, laundry areas, and bathrooms. So you repair and replace any moisture-damaged wood and dry up leakages inside and outside of the home.
  • Trim or cut tree branches so they do not touch the exterior part of the house - the roof and the wall, as it creates a route for them to enter.
  • Maintain a tidy kitchen and store food properly, this will ensure that ants do not inhabit your home rather they leave for better grounds.
  • Ensure that wood debris is gathered together and located far away from the home.
  • Use concrete pier blocks underneath wooden parts of the deck and porches so that they would not touch the ground.

Above all, it could be difficult for you as an individual to effectively control carpenter ants’ infestation, so you may need to consult the services of a professional pest control exterminator.


Getting rid of carpenter ants can be a difficult and near-impossible task to carry out. A successful carpenter ant control involves the finding and removing of the nests in your wooden structures and therefore prevents infestation from the remaining ants that are still existing in the neighborhood but hiding in their colonies. You locate them, through the sawdust that they create when they dig out their tunnel.

Carpenter ants are commonly misidentified so it is advisable to contact a pest technician in Vancouver to give you quality, effective license pest control services in, as well as the surrounding communities.

Carpenter ants are capable of causing great damage to wood structures in your home, though it takes years for significant damage to show. Having a heavy infestation may lead to loss of wood structures and damages that may cost you, if not handled. To eliminate them, contact Pesticon Pest Control to solve the problem. We are keen to render our professional services to get rid of this pest.

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