If you live in the greater Seattle area there’s a good chance you’ve seen carpenter ants around your home or office. Carpenter ants are big black ants and are a wood destroying organism. This means that they can do considerable damage to the structural integrity of your home. While seeing them outside your home isn’t necessarily a need to panic, if they establish a satellite colony inside your house it could mean trouble. Keeping your house or building safe from carpenter ants can be as easy as treating the exterior of the structure every 2-3 months with a perimeter spray. There are several products available to the public which work wonderfully for this. Talstar is one of these products. Applied with a sprayer to the outside of your home or building it can keep your home safe from carpenter ants as well as many other insects. However, if a carpenter ant colony has been established within your home it can be much more difficult to get rid of them. Carpenter ants can establish satellite colonies in wall voids, crawl spaces and other hard places to find within a building. If an ant colony has been established in your home, spraying the areas where they are seen will have limited results. In this situation, it is most effective to hire a professional exterminator, and here’s why. Treating areas inside your home with insecticides will kill some of the ants but will not eliminate the colony. In the past, exterminators would use a drill and inject treatment to make contact with an ant colony. Today, this invasive type of treatment is not necessary. There is a product available to professional exterminators that is not available to the general public. This is because this product is so effective and there are many restrictions on how this product can be used. Only licensed pest control operators can legally administer this treatment. The product they use is a transferable dust which uses the activity of the ants to infect the nest or colony. This makes it unnecessary to drill and inject insecticides to reach the colony. Locating an ant colony within a structure can be very difficult and using a transfer insecticide makes this task much easier. It is also much more effective because it uses the activity of the ants to do the work. If you need a qualified pest control company in Seattle call Eastside Exterminators for a free ant estimate. Call today! (206) 364-1731
Carpenter ants are some of Seattle’s most problematic pests. They are prolific in this region and pose a serious threat to home owners because they are a wood destroying organism. Left unattended a carpenter ant infestation can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to a home or business. In this day and age of “do it yourself”resources and internet information, a carpenter ant problem may be something to consider solving yourself. Let’s examine when you should do it yourself and when you might want to call in the pros.
Are you sure they’re carpenter ants?
Depending on the type of ant, the treatment may vary. Products used to get rid of carpenter ants can actually make a sugar ant problem worse! If your not sure what type of ant your dealing with, look into getting a free estimate. Then, even if you don’t choose to have the pest control company treat your home, you at least know what your dealing with.
Is there a carpenter ant colony in your house?
Carpenter ants may have established a satellite colony somewhere in your home or business. A satellite colony is established when a parent colony, which exists outside in nature, grows large and needs to expand. If this is the case getting rid of them may require a professional. Even if you locate the colony it may be difficult to apply an insecticide effectively. The colony may be in a wall void, the crawlspace, or underneath insulation in your attic. A professional pest control technician has access to whats called a transfer insecticide. A transfer insecticide is undetected by the ants. Once an ant comes in contact with this product, it then infects all other ants it comes in contact with. This type of insecticide is very effective for satellite colonies, but by law can only be applied by a licensed pest control professional.
Even if you see a few carpenter ants in your home or building, it does not mean a satellite colony has been established. Here are some signs that there is a satellite colony inside:
- Rustling sounds in the walls or ceiling.
- Small piles of material that looks like sawdust.
- Consistent and frequent ants found inside.
- Ants trailing into house. Trails are most active at night.
Doing it Yourself
If you have determined that you do not have a colony inside your house then doing yourself may be an option. Keeping carpenter ants away requires applying a barrier around the outside perimeter of your home or business. This will also prevent ants from establishing a satellite colony. You will need a sprayer and an effective insecticide. Many professional grade insecticides can be purchased online or locally here in Seattle at Do It Yourself Pest Control.com