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Seattle, WA
(206) 571 7580

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(425) 440 0966

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(425) 200-8045

Renton, WA
(425) 495-1903

Redmond, WA
(425) 495-0306

Kill Spray Big Large Little Black Sugar Ants problem pest control service in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Sammamish, Mercer island, Medina, Kent, Renton, Woodinville & Eastside, WA  206 571 7580

What do pest control companies use for carpenter ants?

Pest Control for Carpenter ants to your home or Commercial business against big large black carpenter ants, Carpenter ants extermination exterminators takes into account the biology of Carpenter ants and that is why pest control try to get home and building owners on a seasonal visit program. This allows us to get to your home or Commercial building before the wood destroying ants do each year. Wood-destroying invaders throughout the spring and summer.

Homeowners insurance rarely covers the cost of carpenter ant damage. Therefore, prevention and protection against carpenter ants is a worthwhile investment to protect your home and business.

What are the big black huge large house carpenter ants?

carpenter ants don’t spread disease, they can be a considerable nuisance and can cause damage to your home. Often confused with termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood, but they do tunnel through it to build nests. They can be difficult to locate and require professional treatment because of the damage they can cause to wood elements and foam insulation in your home.

How to identify and get rid of carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants average about 3/8 inch in length but can range from about 1/4 to 1 inch. This makes carpenter ants among the larger species of ants, but size alone is not an indicator, as there are several other types of ants of similar size. You may need to examine an ant closely under a magnifying glass to verify that its identity. The main indicators include a smooth, rounded back and a narrow, pinched waist with a small hump.

How serious are carpenter ants?

carpenter ants will cause serious damage to the structural integrity of your home or commercial business buildings. Even if you think your home is safe because it’s made of brick, you likely have some wooden components that you hadn’t thought about. Support beams, frames, and even foundations are often made of wood that can be destroyed by ants.

Carpenter ants prefer to make their nests in wood that has already experienced some water damage. That’s why it’s important to keep your plumbing up to date and get regular inspections. A small leak can cause wood to rot, which invites pesky ants to make their home there.

What will kill carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants rely on pheromone trails to find food sources and to travel. By cleaning surfaces where ants have traveled, you’ve destroyed this treasure map to your home. You can use essential oils like tea tree, lemon, orange, or cedarwood on a cotton ball to wipe down surfaces to interrupt these trails.

How do you get rid of carpenter ants?

When using pesticides, always follow the instructions on the packaging. Also, only apply it to nests killing individual worker ants won’t make a dent in the problem. If you haven’t had any success with DIY methods, it’s better to call a professional ants exterminator sooner rather than later.

A pest control company will have access to better equipment and pesticidal products than most homeowners, and they’ll know how to access hidden nests while causing the least possible amount of structural damage to your home.

Carpenter ants require a water source to survive. To prevent brown, red or black carpenter ants in the house, eliminate sources of moisture or standing water. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of doors or around windows. Seal all openings with a silicone-based caulk. Also, keep firewood and building materials stored away from the home. Carpenter ants like to build nests in stacks of wood.

Carpenter ants build their nests outdoors in various wood sources, including tree stumps, firewood or landscaping. They need a constant water source to survive. Carpenter ants will enter the house through wet, damaged wood.
Most species of carpenter ants attack wood that is currently or has previously been wet and damaged by mold. Even though carpenter ants first invade wet, decayed wood, they may later begin excavating tunnels through dry, undamaged wood. They usually come into buildings through cracks around doors, windows, or through plumbing and electrical penetrations in the home. They will also crawl along overhead wires, shrubs, or tree limbs outdoors that touch the building above ground, then enter the home through any small opening.

Carpenter ants build their nests outdoors in various wood sources, including tree stumps, rotting fence posts, old firewood, under stones, etc. The parent colony, or main colony, is typically located outside and contains the queen, eggs and young. Satellite nests can occur and branch out from the main parent colony and they only contain workers, mature larvae and pupae. Satellite nests are formed in mid-summer both indoors and outdoors and do not form until the parent colony matures over several years. Usually around August, the workers and winged ants will emerge from the pupae.

Carpenter ants will begin mating flights in a process called swarming. Winged males are typically the first to emerge when environmental conditions like temperature and extended daylight signify that it’s time to swarm. If conditions are right, the male releases a pheromone that stimulates the female to leave her nest. The first appearance of winged males in a home often causes homeowners great concern, as it signifies that ants are living inside the house. Otherwise, the presence of a carpenter ant nest indoors is sometimes indicated by a rustling sound that will come from wall voids or from wood where the nest is located when the winged forms are disturbed.

Carpenter ants feed primarily on insect honeydew, plant and fruit juices, insects and other arthropods. Inside, they will also feed on sweets, eggs, meats, cakes and grease. The workers will forage up to 300 feet from their nest. Although some workers are active during the day, most activity occurs from shortly before dusk until dawn.

The biggest difficulty we face with little black sugar ants control is that they are such versatile things. Ants will nest in almost anything. Outside they will be in the ground in trees, in mulch, in cracks in sidewalks, driveways, in rotted wood, under rocks, etc. Inside, little large big black ants will nest in woodwork, masonry, wall voids, even under carpets. Ants eat everything. Sweets, vegetables, fruits, meats, dead insects, plant secretions, grease. They’ll even eat honeydew, which is a secretion given off by plant suckers like aphids scales.

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Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants reside both outdoors indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. They carve “galleries” into the wood grain to provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest. They leave what looks like sawdust behind which provides an indication to where they are nesting.

 moisture ants exterminatorsMoisture Ants  

Workers are 4 to 4.5 mm long yellow in color. When crushed, they produce a lemon scent that is often described as citronella. When moisture ants move indoors, they often nest in wood that is moisture damaged. They frequently find damaged wood in areas like bath traps. They sometimes nest inside walls where there is a plumbing leak. There have been cases of these ants nesting in damp soil in crawlspaces. In these situations, the workers made mounds of excavated soil in the crawl space.

 

 odorous antsOdorous House Ants

Odorous house ants Sugar Ants can be very annoying as they frequently establish trails in your house along kitchen counters, cabinets, sinks, baseboards in their search for food. They can also be difficult to eradicate, since there can be several (or many) queens in several locations, the workers can all trail together regardless of their home colonies, the colonies frequently move from place to place, both inside  outside.

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Pavement Ants

Sidewalk ants, or pavement ants, are familiar to everyone. They are commonly seen during summer months on driveways, patio slabs,  walkways. They will sometimes be seen pushing piles of sand  other debris from cracks from along slab edges. There are many different species, of different size  appearance.

Thatch AntsThatch Ants

Thatch ants are a large black ants sometimes confused with carpenter ants. They have a distinctive red head, which carpenter ants do not. Primarily an outside ant, they will occasionally invade structures. Most species of thatching ants are bicolored red or black .A few are all black. They are medium to large ants, averaging from 4–8 mm (3/16–5/16 inch) long, with a notch or depression on the top of the thorax when viewed from the side. They are polymorphic, that is, the workers vary in size within the same colony. Their reproductive swarms (winged males queens leaving the colony) occur in late summer to early fall.

Pharaoh antPharaoh ant

Pharaoh ant infests almost all areas of a building where food is available  infests many areas where food is not commonly found. Pharaoh ants have a wide preference in the types of food consumed. In infested areas, if sweet, fatty, or oily foods are left uncovered for only a short period of time, one can likely find a trail of Pharaoh ants to the food. As a consequence, they cause much food to be discarded due to contamination. Also called, miscalled, sugar ants, grease ants, kitchen ants, and house ants.

Harvester antHarvester ants

The harvester ant behavior differs between each species, seen through their feeding and nesting habits. In addition, unlike many other little black ants that infest indoor structures, all species of harvester ants prefer not to invade houses and buildings, but will establish their nests around gardens or yards, often destroying vegetation.

The red harvester ants can be aggressive. They deliver a painful sting. Sometimes, the stings of harvester ants can cause allergic reactions, especially to those sensitive to their venom. Aside from their powerful stings, harvester ants also bite viciously

Velvety tree antsVelvety ant

Velvety tree ants make their nest in the crooks of trees. Depending on the location, they nest in oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, pines. They also nest in the soil under rocks and inside logs or stumps. Colonies are usually very large. Normally the entire colony nests in the same place. However, sometimes there are satellite colonies  the workers move back  forth between the nests.

Velvety tree ants eat honeydew, nectar, insects. They tend small insects, like aphids, because they produce honeydew. It is common to see velvety tree ant workers moving around in lines or trails on the trunks of trees. They often use tree limbs branches to enter homes other structures.

When they move indoors, velvety tree ants often make their nests inside wall voids. The workers often build paper-like nests inside the wall voids. They also hollow out Sheetrock foam insulation for nesting  passages. If they find damp, decaying wood, they hollow it out to nest inside.

Crushing a velvety tree ant worker, it releases an unpleasant odor. The workers also give off that odor if the colony is disturbed. The workers do not sting, but they bite if the nest is disturbed.

Exterminators Find Parts of House Likely to be attacked by Little Large Black Ants

Outside walls voids Attic Ceilings Crawl space interior walls, roof, sill plate Porch pillars Support timbers Window framing  sills Roofs Shingles Siding Girders Joists Studs garages Insulation Drawers of dressers  cabinets Behind books In hollow doors Under floors Buried wood, stumps or construction debris Nest Location Outside Structures Live trees excavate heartwood; enter by knotholes, wounds, etc. Dead trees, stumps or logs, buried wood Wood debris Decorative wood in landscape Stacked lumber Firewood.

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