Why do I only see carpenter ants in the summer?

Carpenter ants are cold blooded. During the colder months, carpenter ants generate glycerol in their bodies whenever the temperatures fall below a certain point. This inactive period is called diapause.  For our purposes, this is similar to hibernation. Their body temperatures drop and their physical needs diminish. However, when the ambient temperature within their nesting site(s) warm up, so do their body temperatures and their need for water (and food) increases. With that said, if you see carpenter ants in your home during the colder months, it is very likely there is a nest inside your home.

 Do all carpenter ants have wings?

Only the reproductive’s (alates) will grow wings. And the colony does not produce the winged forms until it is more than two years old.

 How far will carpenter ants travel in search of food and water?

Carpenter ants have been observed foraging up to 300 feet from their nesting site. Pheromone trails (scent trails) are laid between their nest and the food source.

 Does your treatment process kill the eggs and larvae?

Yes. The equipment and products we use allows us to penetrate walls, wall voids and other nesting sites killing not only adult ants but the eggs and larvae as well.

 Do carpenter ants eat wood?

No.  Unlike termites that eat wood for nutrition, carpenter ants chew through the wood creating nesting galleries. The resultant saw dust you may see is called ‘frass’.

 I have water damaged wood. Does that mean I have carpenter ants?

No. When looking for nesting sites, we often look for water damaged wood. The reason is simple: when the wood gets soft from exposure to water, the area is more conducive to carpenter ant invasions because it is much easier for the ants to carve their nesting galleries into the softened wood.

 Can you prevent future carpenter ant infestations?

Under normal circumstances the short answer is No. We prefer the phrase “reduce the opportunity’ when treating a home rather than prevent. In the true sense of the word, you cannot ‘prevent’ carpenter ants. It is a biological impossibility (remember the winged ants). If a winged female reproductive takes flight from a tree adjacent to your home, lands on the roof and establishes a nesting site, the entire cycle starts over.

 Do I have to sign a contract for your services?

Absolutely not! Our work is guaranteed and you will never sign a contract.

 Do I have to leave my home after it is treated?

Usually not. Many times we are able to treat the nesting site from outside your home. However, if we do treat inside your home, we use water based, virtually odorless products registered with the EPA. We will leave a detailed instruction sheet outlining necessary safety precautions.