Previously we learned how to locate the nest, now we'll teach you how to treat that nest for effective remediation. 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.
Treating The Nest
Ant baits are a popular way to deal with many species of ants. Combining an attractive food source with a slow-acting poison, these baits let the ants do the work for you, carrying the food back to the nest and killing the entire colony. But good luck getting a carpenter ant to fall for this trick. Carpenter ants respond poorly to bait. And worse, carpenter ants are known to be quite finicky in their dietary preferences. (That’s how you can tell that they are from Vancouver.) Their food preferences change throughout the year according to the shifting needs of the colony. So bait that works one day may not work the next. Generally, it’s very difficult to destroy a carpenter ant nest using bait.
This leaves the option of a pesticide spray, aerosol or dust application. But this needs to be done right to be effective. It’s no good simply spraying your whole house with repellent insecticides. The ants will know, and simply avoid the sprayed areas. Plus, there’s a possibility that by making the ants feel attacked, you may just encourage them to scatter, as well as go into reproductive overdrive. The queen will start to lay more eggs to replace the workers you have killed, and the problem may well end up being worse.
Any spray sold over-the-counter at a hardware store is likely to kill adult ants on contact. But when you're dealing with a queen that can lay 70,000 eggs, killing dozens or even hundreds of adult foragers isn't going to harm the colony at all. You need to apply a pesticide directly to the nest to kill the queen and the brood, the young ants that act as the digestive system of the entire nest. Often, this means injecting pesticides directly into the wood that the ants are nesting in. And it needs to be the right kind of pesticide. Non- repellent borates work best since the ants can't detect their presence.
Why They Like Rotten Wood
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.
One Of The Toughest Ants
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.
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 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.