Carpenter ant wake-up call!

We are quickly approaching the time of year when the over-wintering ant world will begin to respond to our lengthening of days and start the 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 sudden bursts of carpenter ant activity 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 colony doing damage somewhere in your home.

Though carpenter ants, left unchecked, can do a lot of hidden damage, once detected, a control strategy can be put in place safely and inexpensively. With the advent of highly targeted and pest-specific control products, its just a matter of putting these materials in the predictable paths of the trailing ants and allowing their normal behavior and movement to transfer the molecules amongst the colony, ultimately reaching out to 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 a complete effect 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 and monitoring/treatment for subterranean termites.

Evan Ogden
Wolberts Home Shield Pest Prevention