Seattle Carpenter Ant Control
Carpenter ants are one of the most common and destructive pests in the Seattle area. The ants nest in wood by burrowing into damp areas. They don’t care about the wood for food, they just excavate to make room to nest in the wood. Carpenter ants are most active after nightfall in the spring through early fall. The species of local carpenter ant in Seattle and the surrounding metro areas such as Kent, Burien, Bellevue, and Renton, is large and black with reddish legs, but we also have a species that is black and red in the middle. The reproducing carpenter ants have wings, much like termites. Colonies, which can contain up to 10,000 ants divided among numerous nests, are composed of a main nest housing the queen and multiple satellite nests. Signs of a carpenter ant infestation may include sawdust, rustling sounds in the walls, tunnels and galleries in wood structures, and trails of the ants themselves. However, it's entirely possible to have an ant problem and not realize it until major damage has been done.
All-Pro Pest Control Specializes in Carpenter Ant Extermination and Control
An ounce of prevention, as they say, is worth a pound of cure. Frequently inspect any wooden structures for moisture or rot. Remove piles of leaves from around foundations and keep trees trimmed away from the house. Make sure that any openings where pipes or wires enter the structure of the house are tightly sealed. Caulk any cracks in foundations. Also, be sure to fix leaky plumbing or gutters as soon as possible to keep wood dry and inhospitable to the ants.
Due to Seattle's damp conditions, carpenter ants are prevalent. Ants may find a way into your home in Seattle, Bellevue, or any of the surrounding areas, even after taking these measures. An initial treatment with periodic follow-ups will help protect your home and provide a much needed barrier against carpenter ant infestation. Treating before the ants invade is much more economical than waiting until there is a full-blown colony creating structural damage.
Carpenter ant control the Seattle Metro area
If you are currently battling a carpenter ant infestation in Seattle, we can locate and treat the main colony and satellite colonies. The only way to fully destroy an ant infestation is to eliminate each nest and the main colony. Otherwise, ants from the main colony will re-colonize areas that have been previously cleared. Carpenter ants are typically eliminated by injecting products into the wall voids and applying a perimeter barrier treatment to the exterior base of the structure. In already infested homes, treating the foundations is crucial in carpenter ant control.
For more information on Seattle carpenter ant control and prevention, please contact All-Pro Pest Control