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Professional Carpenter Ant Pest Control Cincinnati OH
Carpenter ants are solitary insects that build colonies comprised of workers, soldiers, the queen, winged swarmers, and wingless swarmers. The tri-segmented body varies between black, reddish/brown, and dark brown. The insects can be seen working in the grass, along walkways, near tree stumps, downed trees, and near driveways.
The carpenter ant’s most notable physical characteristic is its mandibles. The insect utilizes its strong mandibles to gnaw through wood structures to make space for underground tunnels, building nests, and foraging for food.
The adult worker grows up to 0.5 (½) inches in length while the queen is 5/8” long.
What Are The Common Signs Of A Carpenter Ant Infestation?
- Visual Live Insects – Live worker carpenter ants foraging for food in the kitchen and dining room
- “Frass” Trails – The byproduct of carpenter ant gnawing wood is known as “frass,” which can be found in areas where carpenter ants are working
- Audible Noise – A colony of carpenter ants working generates a rustling noise that is audible through walls
- Live Winged Swarmers – Winged swarmers flying low over food on the countertop, dining table, garbage can
Why Is My Cincinnati Home Infested With Carpenter Ants?
Carpenter ants are drawn to homes with vulnerable pest barriers. A pest barrier consists of walls, doors, ceilings, floors, and other components that keep the elements and insects. The carpenter ants responsible for the home infiltration are part of a larger colony on the exterior perimeter of the home. The colony inside the home is called a satellite. So, there are two colonies – main and satellite. This is why carpenter ant colonies are so complex.
Small cracks, gaps, and holes are utilized as access points into your home. We suggest sealing these openings to keep more carpenter ants from infiltrating your home.
Do Carpenter Ants Transmit Diseases And Parasites?
No, carpenter ants do not carry disease or parasites. But, they do contaminate food and water sources, resulting in foodborne illnesses. Carpenter ants eat just about anything – roadkill, garbage, and outdated, moldy food. After eating the contaminated food, it passes through the carpenter ant’s body through feces that will oftentimes end up in the home’s food supply. When household members consume the contaminated food, they may begin to exhibit symptoms of foodborne illness. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain.
What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants?
Carpenter ant infestations involve two colonies – main and satellite. With two insect colonies to exterminate, the pest control strategy must be powerful enough to reduce the entire population. DIY pesticides and insecticides are not potent enough to fully eradicate the satellite colony, let alone reduce the population of both colonies combined.
Our professional pest management is the solution to carpenter ant infestation of all severity levels. We combine routine visual inspections with industrial-strength pesticides and traps to ensure maximum results.
When Will The Exterminator Be Available For My Carpenter Ant Inspection?
Carpenter ant inspection service requests take between 24 to 48 hours to process. Once your service request is processed, it will be handed over to one of our licensed exterminators. You will be notified regarding the appointment date. We give our clients the authority to choose a date that is suitable for their schedule.
If you are a full-time worker with limited time off, we can perform the carpenter ant inspection while you are at work. Our exterminator will retrieve your house key at your place of work, conduct the carpenter ant inspection, and return the key with the results the same day.
Is Carpenter Ant Pesticide Chemical-Based?
Some pesticide formulas do contain chemicals while others do not. It really depends on your pest control needs and preferences as to which pesticide formula will work best for your carpenter ant infestation. While our conventional pesticides and insecticides contain chemicals, our exterminators follow a protocol that requires the impacted family to vacate the home in advance of each pesticide treatment.
Organic and eco-friendly pesticides can be administered safely while the household members are present.
What Is The Best Carpenter Ant Prevention Strategy Recommended By Exterminators?
All exterminators recommend professional pest control because it consists of industrial-strength pesticides. Industrial-strength compared to low-strength pesticide formulas says it all. There is no doubt, professional pesticides are much more potent than over-the-counter pesticides, which are only suitable for a small carpenter ant problem.
Do not hesitate to take advantage of our free pest control consultation. This one-on-one meeting will allow you to get your pest control questions answered by an expert. If your budget is limited, we suggest our free service quote. The quote will provide you with an idea of the overall cost of a professional carpenter ant extermination service.
We will gladly work with your budget and give pointers when needed to keep you on the right track to regaining control of your home.