The black carpenter ant is a common pest in Canada, particularly in the BC, Vancouver region. Carpenter ants look for dead decaying trees, wood, etc. They often end up in homes not looking for fresh, healthier or treated wood, but soft moist and rotting wood. Another thing that can attract them is foam insulation where carpenter ants can build their nests.
Like termites, carpenter ants find their way into human dwellings in search of wood. Unlike termites, though, carpenter ants do not actually consume wood. They are attracted to dead, damp wood because it is the easiest kind to gnaw their way through using their mandibles.
In your home carpenter ants can be detected if you hear slight scratching or rustling noises. Carpenter Ants can nest close to:
Therefore, carpenter ants are most likely to be found in areas of your home that are commonly exposed to moisture, such as around and under windows, roof eaves, decks, and porches. They may seem harmless, but they can cause major structural damage to your home.
Carpenter ants leave behind a clue to their nesting location: a sawdust-like material called frass. This can help you differentiate between carpenter ant activity and termite activity. From there, you can purchase an insecticide and inject it into the area where the carpenter ants are living in hopes that foraging ants will carry the poison back to the colony with them.
Pesticon are specialists in extermination and removal of carpenter ants in the Vancouver area. Of course, the best way to guarantee that your carpenter ant infestation properly handled is to contact an experienced pest control professional like Pesticon. Oftentimes, calling a professional when you first discover an infestation can save you both time and money that you could have wasted on home “remedies” that may or may not work.
We use a number of techniques to remove carpenter ants:
Please note that you should be prepared to leave the property for a few hours after treatment
At Pesticon, we pride ourselves on helping our Vancouver neighbors get rid of carpenter ants and other pests for good. If you live in the Vancouver area and have a carpenter ant problem, call us today for your free consultation. We’ll give you all the information you need to make the decision to exterminate the carpenter ants in your home, and if you choose to work with us, we’ll make sure the job is done right! We offer a 6-month guarantee on our work – if the pests come back, we come back!