Previously we shared a Pest Experts Guide to Carpenter Ant Removal, now one of our technicians shares an on the job insight! Remember, carpenter ants are tricky to control, so if you're unsure what to do give us a call and one our ant control technicians will help you out.
Carpenter Ant Prevention Methods
Once upon a time, back in the dawn of prehistory, carpenter ants foraged in the dense forests of BC, and all was well. They helped to keep down the population of other insects, and performed a vital role in the ecosystem by hastening the decay of rotten wood. As a native species, they’ve been here for millions of years, doing what they do year after year.
But this fragile peace was not to last. Eventually, humans began to build homes on land that used to be forest. So from a carpenter ant’s perspective, we’re the ones who are invading. Still, that won’t be much consolation when these big black ants show up in your house and start chewing through the wooden structure that supports it.
Carpenter ants are known to be one of the toughest ant species to deal with. Their biology is the main factor in this. They are most active at night, and they carve out their nests inside wood, making them difficult to locate. Also, they tend to have multiple nests. So even if you find and destroy an entire nest of carpenter ants, that doesn’t mean you’ve killed the colony. A single carpenter ant queen can live for 15 years or more and will lay 70,000 eggs in that time. The battle against carpenter ants can often turn into a grinding war of attrition.
Still, there’s a lot you can do to either prevent yourself from getting this problem in the first place, or dealing with it if you do end up sharing your home with these Vancouver pests. And if these difficult ants become too much for you to deal with, don’t worry. Help is just a phone call away.
As with most pest control in Vancouver, prevention is critical. It's often easier and cheaper to stop a pest control problem from happening in the first place than it is to deal with one that's already underway. Carpenter ants are a fact of life in BC, but that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to living with them.
Carpenter ants nest in wood, and the queen needs high humidity in order to lay her eggs. They most often find the perfect spot for a primary nest outdoors, in rotten wood or anywhere that wood comes into contact with soil. Take a look around your property and pay particular attention to any areas of moist wood. Tree stumps, wood piles, rotten fences - these are all great places if you're a carpenter ant queen looking to establish a colony. Remove wood wherever possible, especially rotten wood.
This goes double for any rotten wood in your home. Carpenter ant problems can often be a sign of deeper issues in your house. Small leaks from pipes inside walls, particularly in bathrooms and kitchens, can end up causing the wooden structure of your home to decay. This is simply inviting carpenter ants to set up a home inside your home.
But be aware that carpenter ants create multiple nests. While the queen wants high humidity in the primary nest, satellite nests will often be established in drier areas. These can be carved out of perfectly good wood, as well as foam insulation. These are the nests that are most commonly found inside homes.
Treating a carpenter ant nest requires specialized tools and special skills. That’s why it’s a job that’s often best left to professionals. Westside Pest Control has expert technicians with over 10 years of experience in dealing with these troublesome creatures. Give us a call today and see how we can help with your Vancouver carpenter ant problem.
Westside Pest Control is the no1. Ant Control company in the lower mainland. In addition to carpenter ants, we also treat for Fire Ants and Pavement Ants. If there is a need for professional help with an infestation contact of of the team today on 604-559-9060, we would be happy to help.