Carpenter Ants Control and Treatment

Here in western Washington, carpenter ants are a common sight each spring. After a long winter’s nap, they begin to move around, and many homeowners start discovering these invaders. Carpenter ants don’t eat wood; they only damage it while building their nests. For effective carpenter ant control, it’s crucial to understand their behavior.

Carpenter ants feed primarily on aphids and scale bugs, extracting honeydew from them. These insects significantly influence carpenter ant behavior. Aphids feed on plant sap, and their activity is tied to the seasonal cycle of plants.

During winter, plants move their sap into their roots. As a result, plant parasites can’t access the sap, leading them to lay eggs or go dormant. Without honeydew, carpenter ants also go dormant, taking a long winter nap.

As spring approaches, plants begin to move sap back up from their roots, and plant parasites start producing honeydew again. This signals the carpenter ants to wake up and resume tending to their aphid and scale bug flocks. For comprehensive carpenter ants treatment and carpenter ant removal, professional services are recommended to manage and prevent infestations effectively.


Carpenter Ant Control and Treatment
Carpenter Ant Control and Treatment
Aphids and scale bugs are to carpenter ants what cows are to us, and the ants will not only milk them but defend them from predators and move them from one plant to another.
In nature, many insects have built-in alarm clocks, and carpenter ants are no exception, but when they nest in a heated structure, they can get thrown off kilter. If you see carpenter ants inside your home before May, it is usually because of a nest in the building. These ants are often half asleep, wandering around for water and sweets. If you do nothing, you will stop seeing them indoors as they find sap-feeding insects and establish feeding trails outdoors. Their disappearance doesn’t mean they are gone; they are just foraging outside. If left untreated, the colony will continue expanding in the building and can do significant damage.
This time of year, aside from ants inside, you should be on the lookout for ants standing around on the foundation or decks. You can often detect Carpenter ants crawling up the corners of the foundation. Carpenter ants will avoid hiking over rough terrain and make trails along sidewalks, decks, landscape edging, and garden hoses. Utility lines coming to your home can also provide a pathway for them, especially if they pass through tree branches.
If you find these ants in your home between November and May, it is a clear indicator that there is a nest in the structure. You need to take prompt action to avoid damage.
Even though many products are available over the counter for carpenter ant control, treatment for active infestations should be performed by trained, experienced people. The most effective materials are unavailable to the general public, and no one has figured out how to put expertise in a can.

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At Beacon Pest Control, we specialize in Carpenter Ant Control, offering comprehensive Carpenter Ant Exterminator services to eliminate infestations effectively. Our tailored approach includes targeted treatments for Carpenter Ant Removal and proactive Carpenter Ant Treatment plans. Trust our expert team to help you get rid of carpenter ants and safeguard your home from future invasions. 
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