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Professional Carpenter Ant Pest Control Denver CO
The carpenter ant is a member of the order Hymenoptera and Formicidae family, which also includes bees, wasps, and flies. The carpenter ant is one of the largest ant species, growing up to about ½ of an inch in length. The largest member of the carpenter ant family is the queen, which grows so large that mobility is no longer possible. When the queen carpenter ant is no longer mobile, she relies on the workers to transport her from place to place. Fortunately for the workers, she does not go in and out of the tunnel, only relocates short distances.
Carpenter ants utilize their mandibles to excavate dirt for an underground tunneling system. The mandibles also play a role in gnawing through decaying wood to make way from the tunneling system.
First Signs Of A Carpenter Ant Infiltration
- Live Black Insects – Black, reddish/black, or dark brown carpenter ants with tri-segmented bodies foraging for food on kitchen countertops, floors, waste bins, and dining tables
- Mounds Of “Frass” – Piles of “frass,” sawdust, will pile up at the underground tunneling system
- “Rustling” Noise – “Rustling” sounds emitting from areas where worker carpenter ants are erecting underground tunnels, nests, and clearing passageways
- Flying “Swarmers” – “swarmers” are both wingless and winged. Winged carpenter ant swarmers forage for food while flying low over contaminated surfaces and exposed food sources
Why Are Carpenter Ants Infiltrating My Basement?
Carpenter ant infiltration is generally not a rare coincidence. These insects are all about providing food for their colony. Without an adequate food supply, the colony members will perish. It is unfortunate for carpenter ants when rivaling colonies move in next door. When this happens, the danger of running out of food escalates to new levels. Food is essential for a carpenter ant colony, which is why they end up infiltrate residential, commercial, and industrial settings.
Small crevices along damaged crawlspace, basement, and other foundation walls are utilized to infiltrate buildings.
Are Carpenter Ants Dangerous?
They can be if your non-perishable food supply is improperly stored. The carpenter ant’s mandibles are strong enough to pierce through vulnerable manufacturing food packaging (paperboard and plastic bags). Once the home’s non-refrigerated food supply is infiltrated by the carpenter ants, it will be considered “contaminated” with fecal droppings and other contaminants.
Carpenter ant bites are generally harmless, with the exception of immunocompromised victims. Even so, the bite should not result in a life-threatening situation, just a minor allergic reaction.
What Is The Safest Carpenter Ant Pest Control Approach?
When a home is infiltrated by carpenter ants, the colony is divided. Workers and winged swarmers are inside the home are members of a bigger colony along the exterior of your home. Full extermination in these cases is extremely difficult to achieve. It is crucial to do as little as possible to disrupt the colonies. Our exterminators rely on quality techniques and industrial-strength pesticides to achieve full extermination of carpenter ants in as little as two treatments.
Is DIY Pesticide A Good Option For Carpenter Ant Infiltration?
No, we do not believe it is because there are basically two colonies to tackle. Both colonies must be eradicated simultaneously to avoid a disruption that would spread the carpenter ants into the surrounding area.
How Do I Schedule An Appointment For A Carpenter Ant Consultation?
Contact our Denver office and ask to speak with one of our certified pest control technicians. Our pest control service processing takes between 24 and 48 hours. Once the service request is processed, we will immediately contact you regarding an appointment. We advise opting for a date that will not interfere with your routine or schedule.
Does Carpenter Ant Pesticide Contain Unhealthy Ingredients?
Yes, chemical-based pesticides can be extremely toxic in long-time exposure cases. To avoid all exposure risks, our pest control protocol prohibits the treatment of carpenter ant-infested homes that are occupied with humans and/or animals.
Our pesticide line consists of all EPA-approved brands.
How Can I Prevent A Future Carpenter Ant Infestation?
Sealing all entry points is the only way to prevent another home infiltration of carpenter ants. Utilize a waterproof silicone or caulk to fill gaps around window frames, crawlspace vents, soffit, fascia, and heat pump ductwork.