Carpenter Ant Treatment
The moderate climate of South Florida is ideal for carpenter ants. These wood-nesting pests are a huge nuisance when infesting attics, soffit, fascia, decks, and other wood located on your property. If you think you may have carpenter ants, it's important to call an experienced professional right away for treatment.
Carpenter ants are attracted to wet or rotting wood, so they're often found in homes that have water damage or leaks. They excavate wood to build their nests, so an infestation can sometimes indicate a larger issue. The moment you first suspect that you have a problem with carpenter ants, it's time to call a pest control company that specializes in carpenter ant treatment to have your home inspected.
The first step in carpenter ant treatment is identifying and correcting the source of moisture that's attracting them to your home. This may require fixing leaks, repairing water damage, or making other changes to reduce moisture levels. Once the source of moisture has been addressed, a pest control professional will work to identify and eliminate carpenter ant nests. This process may involve the use of baits or other treatments.
If you think you have carpenter ants, don't wait to call a pest control professional. Carpenter ant control is best handled by a qualified professional with experience in dealing with these wood-nesting pests.
Just call Hulett!
Carpenter Ant Activity
Carpenter ants are one of the most common types of ants found in Florida. These black or red ants are garden pests that invade buildings in search of food. Carpenter ants do not eat wood but they are known to excavate damaged wood to build their nests.
Carpenter ants are most active at night and are attracted to sweet foods. They will also feed on other insects. Carpenter ants will build their nests in damp or decaying wood. This is why carpenter ant problems are often first noticed in kitchens, bathrooms, and attics where there can be moisture and wood. Carpenter ants are known to create several small nests around a property, so it is very important to consult with a professional who is able to find them all to properly get rid of the infestation.
Why Choose Hulett To Treat Your Carpenter Ant Problems
Hulett Environmental Services has been serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Stuart, Vero Beach, and other South Florida communities for over 50 years. We are the leading service providers, and you can count on each of our trained and certified technicians. Each of our team members is trained by a Board Certified Entomologist at Bugs University to use Integrated Pest Management practices in your home and are further trained in the proper inspection and identification of pests to be absolutely certain that they are able to take a custom approach to your infestation issue.
Hulett is committed to using the most advanced products, and using a customized program, we will work to address your carpenter ant infestation promptly and comprehensively. Your satisfaction with our work is our top priority, and you can count on our money-back guarantee — if you are not satisfied for any reason, we will return to make it right or will refund your last service payment.
What To Do If You Suspect You Have Carpenter Ants
If carpenter ants have invaded your home, the first step is to contact Hulett to request a free evaluation. Our carpenter ant control experts will visit your home, assess the problem, and recommend the best course of action. There are plenty of DIY options available, but the reality is that this approach can be costly, time-consuming, and ineffective if not done correctly.
Carpenter ants are attracted to food spillage, and moist or rotting wood, so it's important to keep a clean kitchen and to fix any leaks or water damage in your home. Once the source of moisture has been addressed, our carpenter ant treatment experts will work to identify and eliminate carpenter ant nests. This process may involve the use of baits or other treatments such as localized liquids at entry points to form a barrier that will help prevent reentry or repeated foraging in your home.
Don't wait to call if you think you have carpenter ants — carpenter ant problems are best handled by a qualified pest-professional with experience in dealing with these wood-nesting pests.
Some Basic Information About Carpenter Ants
The following information will give you a better understanding of carpenter ants by discussing their appearance, behaviors, foraging habits, preferred habitats, and whether or not they pose any specific threats to your family or pets. Carpenter ants are typically harmless, but their large size can be a bit disconcerting, particularly if you find them in your home.
Carpenter ants are one of the largest species of ants found in North America. They vary in size, ranging from 1/10 inch (Compact Carpenter ant workers) to 3/4 inch (Florida Carpenter ant alates, or winged females). They range in color from black to red and black and have a segmented body with a narrow waist.
Carpenter ants are active at night and are attracted to sweet foods. They will also feed on other insects. Carpenter ants will build their nests in damp or decaying wood. This is why carpenter ant problems are often first noticed in kitchens, bathrooms, and attics where there is moisture and wood. They seem to prefer voids for nesting which have these characteristics: close to moisture and food sources, safe from predators such as birds and lizards, safe from flooding, heat, and other environmental stresses, and easily accessible (for them). For this reason, pool boxes, meter boxes, utility boxes, and tree cavities are common nesting areas.
Carpenter ants forage alone or along trails, traveling roughly 300 or less feet from the nest. They enter buildings around door and window frames, through eaves, along plumbing and utility lines, and over branches touching the building. Peak foraging occurs at night for the Florida and Tortugas Carpenter ants, while the Compact Carpenter ant can be seen in the daytime. Carpenter ants will feed on sweets or proteins, making them a pesky forager since they can use many things as a food source.
Carpenter ants are found throughout the United States but are most common in the southeastern states. In Florida, carpenter ants are a year-round problem, and often require maintenance and preventative pest control programs.
Carpenter ants do not carry or transmit disease, but they are known to excavate and nest in wood that has been damaged by water or termites to build their nests. Although not particularly aggressive, Carpenter ants can inflict a nasty bite when disturbed.
Control and Prevention
We will carefully inspect your home to identify the carpenter ants and their nests. This step is critical in developing a plan to eliminate the carpenter ants because failing to identify their nest sites, entry points, or underlying conditions that are encouraging them to colonize may lead to a re-infestation.
Once we have identified the carpenter ants and their nests, we will utilize a number of treatments designed to kill the colonies. This may include the use of baits, which carpenter ants will take back to their nests and share with the rest of the colony.
To help prevent carpenter ants from returning, we will identify and inform homeowners of entry points that should be sealed to help prevent entry into your home.
We will continue to monitor your home for carpenter ant activity and other pests during our regularly scheduled visits. This will help to make sure carpenter ants do not return.
Carpenter Ant Prevention Tips
There are a few things you can do to prevent carpenter ants from invading your home:
- Keep your home clean and free of food sources that carpenter ants are attracted to.
- Repair any moisture problems, such as leaks, in your home.
- Trim trees and shrubs away from your home, as these ants and other pests will use those plants as bridges to access your house.
- Store lumber away from your home.
Following these steps are still no guarantee that your home will remain ant-free, so contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation about a custom pest control or pest prevention program.
Call For a Free Inspection and Consultation
Carpenter ants are one of the most common household pests in Florida, and they can be a real nuisance. If you think you may have carpenter ants, don't wait to call Hulett.
We offer a free inspection and consultation to homeowners in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Stuart, Vero Beach, and other South Florida communities.
Our carpenter ant control experts will visit your home, assess the problem, and recommend the best course of action. Call us today to schedule your free inspection and consultation!