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Phoenix AZ Professional Carpenter Ant Pest Control
Carpenter ants are some of the largest “stinging insects.” Measuring in at ½ inches in length at maturity, the carpenter ant is easily detectable in the natural habitat and human living space. There is no doubt, the carpenter ant is easily detectable, but did you know it is also easy to identify? Well, it is because of its unique body structure. The body is tri-segmented, or three individual sections held together by tiny joints. The insect’s tri-segmented body offers superior flexibility when scaling over mounds of sand and dirt, fighting off predators, and infiltrating commercial and residential settings.
What Signs Point To A Carpenter Ant Infiltration?
- Visual Worker Sightings – The carpenter ant colony member that is responsible for about 99.9 percent of the work is no other than the worker. Workers are slightly larger than the winged and wingless swarmers, but smaller than the queen (5/8 inches in length).
- “Frass” Trails – “Frass” or sawdust is the byproduct of carpenter ants gnawing wood. As the mandibles gnaw into a decaying tree stump, tiny bits of sawdust fall to the ground.
- Audible Noise – Witnesses claim worker ant colonies create a “rustling” noise when gnawing on wood.
- Winged Swarmers Foraging – Carpenter ants have both winged and wingless swarmers. Winged swarmers are carpenter ants with powerful wings that allow them to exit the colony to build new colonies. Winged swarmers are responsible for collecting food to return to the queen and her young.
Why Are Carpenter Ants Infiltrating My Phoenix Home?
There are basically three reasons why carpenter ants opt to infiltrate commercial and residential buildings. The main reason is in search of food. The second reason is by accident. And, last, but not least, to escape the harsh winter elements during the overwintering process. With this said, carpenter ants are unlike other overwintering pests, as they do not need to seek indoor shelter before overwintering, a dormant state much like hibernation, sets in. Instead, the insect retired in its underground tunnel, where it will be snug, warm, and safe throughout overwintering.
Should I Be Concerned About My Young Children Around Carpenter Ants?
Carpenters can spread disease, even though, they do not transmit diseases through bites. They can carry contaminants on their body everywhere they go. The contaminates will land in the victim(s) food supply if accessible. While the carpenter ant’s mandibles are not strong enough to do much damage to the human skin, they can be utilized to rip through vulnerable food packaging, such as paperboard.
Small cracks in door and window frames, air conditioning ducts, entrance thresholds, and crawlspace vents are utilized to infiltrate homes. Large holes around water and electricity supply lines can also be utilized as carpenter ant access points.
What Do I Need To Eradicate The Carpenter Ants In My Kitchen?
The first thing you will need is a high-quality pest control product, such as an insecticide. Unfortunately, big-box stores, home & garden shops, and hardware stores are generally limited to standard pesticides. Standard-grade pesticides are not nearly strong enough to eradicate a full colony of carpenter ants. We highly recommend our professional carpenter ant control, which not only includes a powerful industrial-strength pesticide, but also routine visual inspections of the infested property.
Does DIY Pesticides Work?
Yes, but only when there is only a problem, not a full-blown carpenter ant infestation.
How Long Does It Take Get An Appointment For Carpenter Ant Inspections?
It can take anywhere between 24 and 48 hours at best. When carpenter ants are most active, the demand for professional pest control soars. Our customer support team is very efficient and capable of processing a service request no later than 48 hours.
Will My Children Be Exposed To Dangerous Chemicals When Treatment Is Rendered?
Our exterminators refuse to treatment carpenter ant-infested homes when they are occupied. We highly suggest vacating the home upon the exterminator’s arrival. Vacating is not necessary for carpenter ant inspections, only chemical-based treatments.
Be sure to inquire about our eco-friendly pest control product line if you are overly concerned about pesticide chemicals.
How To Protect My Phoenix Home From A Repeat Carpenter Ant Infiltration?
“Pest-free” may be music to your ears. But, it is crucial to remember that carpenter ants tend to return to homes with open access points, accessible food supply, and discrete hiding places. The first thing you should do once your home is declared a carpenter ant-free zone is to start repairing and improving your vulnerable pest barrier. Utilize a waterproof sealant like caulk or silicone to fill in small- to medium-sized entry points.
Larger openings like those that allow the water and electricity supply to enter your home need to be sealed in with custom-to-fit plywood or metal sheeting. Carpenter ant mandibles are not nearly strong enough to gnaw through metal sheeting, which may be your best option.