Carpenter Ants Services
A common misconception is that carpenter ants are only found in decaying wood. We have dealt with cases of carpenter ants in homes that are only a couple of months old. The most common indication of a carpenter ant problem is actually seeing them in your home- if this happens to you Give us a call!
Carpenter Ant Services in Brunswick, Maine
In the State of Maine we have the black carpenter ant and the red carpenter ant. They earned the name of carpenter ant because of their ability to tunnel through and excavate wood. Other than color, their mode of operation and size are similar, however the black carpenter ant is the most common. Carpenter ants are one of the larger ants in Maine.
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- Boothbay Harbor
- Cape Elizabeth
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Carpenter Ant Description
In 2 to 5 years, a colony with a good supply of food may form a mature colony with both winged males and females. In Maine, a 3/4 inch long, wingless ant is probably a queen carpenter ant. Once they’ve shed their wings they look for wood structures to start their own colony or join an exisiting new one. The queen that starts a new colony lays about 30 eggs and cares for the larvae until they are adult workers. This new generation of workers takes over the various chores in the colony and the queen’s full-time job becomes egg laying. The closer a forest with rotten logs is to a community, homes, or buildings the more likely you are to have a carpenter ant infestation.
It is important to always keep surfaces clean, dishes put away, and food sealed due to the fact that the closer water and food supplies are to the nest, the faster an ant population increases. This can lead to more damage within your home much faster. It is the ant colonies act of tunneling that damages or weakens wooden structures.
There are many reasons an infestation might begin but some of the most common are water leaks around the chimney, roof valley, gutter, window, door frame, or space under wooden floors when there is no basement. Kitchen and bathrooms are also common areas of infestation due to leaks in a water pipes or waterheating system provides the moisture the ants love. If you use firewood and bring it indoors it is always best to check the wood for ant infestation so they do not find their way into your home!
Many may think that carpenter ants actually eat the wood they tunnel through however this is untrue. After tunneling they deposit the wood fragments outside the nest. These fragments or (frass) may or may not be seen by the home owner but can also be an indication of ant infestatiton if noticed. Frass is often stored in attics or inside the walls between the studs where it will not be noticed at all.
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Commonly live in dark, warm, and wet spaces like basements, sewers, drains, and pipes. Common in both residential & commercial properties.
Nests in both moist and decaying wood as well as brand new wood structures. Found in structures like chimmneys, windows, and doorframes.
Pose a health risk for humans & pets. Commonly found outdoors. They tend to nest along trails and woodlines.
Common rodents found in homes include squirrels, chipmunks, mice, rats, and more.
Bed Bugs are commonly found is residential spaces but can also be found in hotels. They do not commonly spread disease however you will notice red itchy welts.
Not sure what type of insect you are dealing with? We can help you with our bug identification services.
Commonly found nesting in trees, bushes, and the eaves and roofs of buildings. Hornet nests can be extremely alarming and dangerous especially if a family member is allergic.
Other Common Pests
We like to identify a few of the most common pests on our website. However we are a full service pest control company meaning we will help you identify and service any rodent or insect- just give us a call.
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