Carpenter ants can cause devastating damage to a home, and are truly the most problematic and difficult pest to remove and keep out of a structure – which is why a Lifetime Warranty, like the one we offer, is practically unheard of in the pest control industry.
Our comprehensive carpenter ant treatment and prevention program involves both the interior and exterior of your home, and uses “natural”, essential oil based products. These products are applied in cracks, crevices or voids, so there is never any contact with people and pets. And because these eco smart pesticides work by attacking key neurotransmitter receptor sites only found in insects, mammals have no adverse effects.
Our Carpenter Ant Control Process
The main colonies of carpenter ants are typically located outside the home, often in trees. The ants found inside your home likely belong to satellite colonies, which communicate with the main colony on the exterior. Our job is to search out the source of the main colony, eliminate the active infestation within your home, and take preventative measures to keep the main colonies out.
Identification of Conducive Conditions
Using a trained professional eye, we pinpoint the possible nesting areas in your home, and identify conducive conditions, such as leaky roofs, clogged gutters, overhanging trees, firewood stacked too close to the home, wood rot and moisture damage. We then communicate these conditions to you using an Integrated Pest Management form, so that you can rectify them. This is typically done within the first several months of our program, however, new issues can arise as a result of changes to weather or the age of your home, so this is often an ongoing process.
To ensure the entire structure is treated, we have a scheduled, systematic approach to the interior applications, whereby we treat specific areas at specific times. While our products have a light scent, most homeowners find the essential oils appealing. However, if you are sensitive to odors, we do recommend that you leave the home for 4 hours on the day of the application.
Exterior treatments are designed to cut off communication between the main colonies and the satellite colonies. We start by applying a spray pesticide to your home’s structure and the soil around it. Since these products will break down overtime from sunlight and rain, we apply monthly for the highest level of control. In addition to the spray, we use exterior injections around windows, doors and under siding, and apply bait in areas where there are trailing carpenter ants.
Most competitors are unaware of the complexities of carpenter ants, and many homeowners have called us to take over for the competition after 2-3 years because, as we are told, “it’s just not working.” Other pest control companies simply don’t offer the same extensive scope of service.
Our promise is to eliminate the active infestation within your home by the end of the first year. If we cannot, we will come out for free until we do. If you choose our Lifetime Warranty Package, and the carpenter ants return, so will our exterminators. We will do whatever is necessary to remove them, including weekly follow ups at no additional charge.
Get Started with a Free Inspection
If you need a carpenter ant exterminator in Albany, Saratoga, Glens Falls or as far north as Plattsburgh NY, give us a call at (518) 745-5958, or complete an online request for a free inspection. You can also contact our carpenter ant exterminators in Rutland, Burlington and throughout Western Vermont by calling (802) 855-2978.
How to Determine if You Have Carpenter Ants
While carpenter ants typically swarm in the spring, it’s not unusual to find them year-round. The most common sign that you have a carpenter ant infestation is sawdust-like piles of wood shavings, or wood with slits or holes. You may also hear a faint rustling inside your walls, or notice that the wood sounds hollow when tapped.
If you suspect you have a carpenter ant problem, please contact us, so that we can provide you with a free inspection and advise you on the best treatment plan for your property.