Carpenter ant wake-up call!

Carpenter ant wake-up call 2017!

We are quickly approaching the time of year when over-wintering carpenter ants will begin to respond to our lengthening of days and start to scavenge for sources of food and water. In particular, the ants that have been potentially over-wintering inside our warm homes.

It is not unusual to hear reports of carpenter ant activity spiking inside a home in mid to late February, as a well-entrenched colony begins waking after a long winters nap. If you observe two or more carpenter ants trailing around in your home in February, chances are, you have an embedded ant colony doing damage somewhere in your home.

Left unchecked, carpenter ants can do a lot of hidden damage over time. Once they are detected, a control strategy can be put in place safely and inexpensively. With the advent of highly targeted and pest-specific control products, it’s just a matter of putting these materials in the paths of the trailing ants and allowing their predictable behavior and movement to transfer the molecules amongst the colony, ultimately reaching out and killing the closest parent colony outside the structure.

Odorous house ants can be controlled in much the same way though they tend not to cluster in such organized colonies and their sheer numbers can degrade the chances of transferring the control material far enough through the colony to cause  complete control with one application. Interior baiting is effective where odorous house ants are active and is usually implemented if any ants are observed inside your home.

Feel free to contact us if you have questions or suspect an infestation of ants in your home.

We provide preventive treatments and strategies for the control of carpenter and odorous house ants as well as mice, rats plus monitoring/treatment for subterranean termites.

Evan Ogden

Wolbert’s Home Shield Pest Prevention