Carpenter Ants (Camponotus Pennsylvanicus)
A common pest in New England which very few people have difficulty identifying is the queen carpenter ant. She is commonly found inside homes in the spring, wandering around like she owns the place, and is about as big as a Ford Fiesta.
Because of the queen’s considerable size (sometimes approaching 1 inch!), she is rather easy to identify. What many people don’t know is that there are different casts of carpenter ant, and although the queen is large, minor workers are only ¼ of an inch long. That being said, sometimes the small ants you find inside (even seasonally) may be indicative of a larger problem.
In nature, carpenter ants help breakdown dead wood by hollowing branches and boughs out for nesting. When they begin nesting in a structure (like a home), they can cause major damage, and in some cases severely compromise structural integrity.
When carpenter ants hollow out galleries in wood, they remove the pieces from the nest and compile it in another location. This is why sometimes their presence can be noted by finding a material like sawdust (called “frass”) in an area of your home.
Procedure - In an effort to keep pesticides out of the home, Environmental Health Services offers a complete exterior treatment for carpenter ants. No matter where carpenter ants are nesting, be it in the sill of the peak of the attic, our treatment is proven effective. Many companies still insist on interior treatments, but EHS has been solving even severe carpenter ant infestations for years with one simple exterior treatment. We also warranty our service for a year, so if you ever have another problem, we will come back free of charge!
Another invaluable service we perform is a pest vulnerability inspection. After your home is treated, we will perform a thorough inspection and give you tips on how to make your home naturally less attractive to pests. These suggestions and tips, although simple, can end up saving you money and irritation! For instance, mulch should never be laid down thick enough to where it touches siding. If it does, it will not only rot wood siding (and basement windows), but make a perfect habitat for carpenter ants, termites, and host of other pests! Download Eco-Monitor Sheet