A carpenter ant infestation can quickly ruin the beauty of a wooden home. In Canada, this can mean trouble as many homes are built to showcase the natural beauty of wood through porches, decking, and wooden siding. These beautiful wooden homes can easily become susceptible to a carpenter ant infestation.
Carpenter ants are known for making their nests in wood structures, which can cause extensive damage. Carpenter ants are also attracted to homes that have weak or damaged wood, and as a result, an infestation can lead to further damage to the home. This is why if you suspect that carpenter ants have made a nest in your home, it is vital to contact a pest control professional immediately.
Carpenter ants are considered one of the most severe structural pest species in Canada, so taking prompt action is the best way to prevent further damage to your home. If carpenter ants are left over time, their nests can cause extensive damage to your home’s structural integrity and can be very expensive to fix. However, when caught early, a pest control professional will be able to identify the problem and recommend the best course of action.
Carpenter ants got their name because of the way they damage the wood within your home. While they are often confused with termites, they don’t consume wood. Carpenter ants chew through and excrete the wood to make pathways for their thousands of family members.
A sure sign that you have carpenter ants in your home is if you start seeing random piles of particles that look like wood shavings. This is the chewed-up wood that the carpenter ants have pushed out of the way to make room as they tunnel through your home’s wooden structure.
There may be multiple carpenter ant colonies located in different areas of your home, and it is even possible for some to be outside. To maintain full control, the complete extermination of all nests is necessary.
Truly Nolen Canada’s approach to carpenter ant control begins with a thorough inspection of your home’s interior and exterior areas to accurately identify areas of infestation, favourable conditions causing their infestation, and assess any damage.
Carpenter ants can be active throughout the year, but they are generally of particular concern during the Canadian spring. This is when they travel en masse to find new nesting locations. During the winter, carpenter ants don’t hibernate, but they tend to be more dormant in colder temperatures. This causes them to seek warmer shelter with easy access to water.
No matter what time of year, carpenter ants need a constant water source to survive, and they will typically nest in areas where wood is damp and easier for them to mine. This means that partially decayed wood and other moist areas offer ideal locations for carpenter ants to build their nests. They prefer humid environments and will often choose a damp basement, the bathroom, the kitchen, or other rooms that have water leaks from plumbing or leaks around doors and windows.
Since carpenter ants do their damage behind the scenes, Canadian homeowners must be aware of their potentially destructive habits. Your Truly Nolen Canada professional can determine the right course of treatment for you and provide you with a customized treatment plan to ensure that you are effectively protected from this wood-destroying insect.
Our Four Season program was designed to address the changes in pest behaviour from season to season, so we can prevent them from getting into your home all year round. As part of this program, Truly Nolen offers advanced techniques for carpenter ant removal that includes undetectable liquid products and bait. Advancements in pest control technology have recently led to more efficient treatments that allow carpenter ants to introduce these insecticides to other colony members by regular contact and food exchange, thus controlling the entire population.
We eliminate all carpenter ants by treating the entire nest before removing it instead of temporarily getting rid of visible pests. Our trained technicians have the expertise to handle an infestation of carpenter ants. They understand that if too little or too much treatment is applied or if the treatment is not applied directly to the nest, the carpenter ants can readily adapt and move their nest to another location. This will only spread the population and worsen the infestation, and the treatment process will have to start again. Truly Nolen Canada can help you do it right the first time and eliminate these pests from your home. As a bonus with our Fours Seasons program, we also offer services to control multiple pest issues with no extra add-on fees.
At Truly Nolen, we understand the direct, immediate approach that needs to be taken with carpenter ants. Our Four Seasons Pest Control program will help prevent an infestation in and around your home throughout the year. Call today to schedule your inspection and learn how we can keep your home carpenter ant free!