Carpenter ants are considered a wood destroying insect. Carpenter ants do not attack and destroy wood as a food source. Instead of feeding on wood, they bore it out to use it as a nesting site. Compared to a number of other ant species, some carpenter ant caste members tend to be larger in size than most ants. Carpenters ants are considered polymorphic in nature (multiple sizes exist within a colony of small, medium and large sized ants.) Foragers are typically classified as either minor (small) or major (large) workers. Carpenter ants vary in coloration according to species, so identification by color alone is not sufficient for positive identification. Carpenter ants like to nest in wall voids, attics, and ceilings inside of homes. In the outdoor environment carpenter ants are inclined to nest in dead or decaying wood. Railroad ties, fences, and dead tree stumps tend to be a very appealing outdoor locations for carpenter ants to take up residence.
Controlling the Carpenter Ant:
It is necessary to locate and destroy the colony. Most other methods or measures tend to fail. Locating the colony may prove difficult to do because nests are typically hidden well within a structure, landscape or even originating on a neighboring property. Carpenter ants may travel up to a few hundred feet away from the colony to forage for food.
Extermiman® employs tracking strategies to try and zero in on the location of the colony to eliminate it. If multiple colonies exist, it may take additional time to locate and destroy all colonies involved.
Extermiman® can positively identify captured specimens. If you have a specimen(s) for us to identify, please keep them in a jar, cup, or container, and seal it with a lid, foil, or saran wrap. Please do not squish or smash the sample(s), because this may make it impossible to identify the species. Also, please do not use glue, tape, or other adhesives as it makes working with magnification devices difficult to use in the process of identification. Once a identification has been established, then we will discuss a remediation strategy. Because carpenter ants are nocturnal in nature, Extermiman® typically schedules initial carpenter ant treatments no earlier than in the late afternoon and possibly into the evening. Carpenter ants start to send out foragers around late afternoon and then return to the colony in the early morning hours.
Unless the colony is sought out and destroyed your problem will unlikely be eliminated. Many pest control companies that do not have a thorough working knowledge of these facts will either spray, dust, and/or bait around the home without tracking down the colony. If organizations that take these shotgun approaches, and then happen to be fortunate enough to stumble onto an indoor access point, they may get lucky in eliminating a colony or suppressing the problem for a period of time. In most situations however, unless an individual thoroughly understands how to track down a carpenter ant colony, the problem will continue to persist.
Extermiman® receives a number of calls from prospective customers that have enlisted the services of other pest control companies that have failed with the aforementioned approaches. The seek and destroy strategy is typically more expensive than the shotgun approaches many companies take because of the time involved to hunt the colony down, as well as specific tools and techniques involved for success in eliminating the colony. What many customers find is that they have paid another company a smaller fee just to pay again in order to accomplish what wasn’t done correctly in the first place.