Exterminate Carpenter Ants Inside And Outside Of The House

Carpenter Ants are a wood destroying insect capable of travelling the distance of 100 meters in 10 minutes. To protect your home from carpenter ant damage; as carpenter ants are primarily an exterior pest, it is most often advised to treat the exterior of your house and if necessary, the interior of your home for the extermination of carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are large black ants, with three distinct body parts (head, thorax, abdomen) and chewing mandibles. They are distinct from other ants because they are black, very large (varying in size from small to large); perhaps their most distinguishing feature is that they move independently and not in a group.

It Is Most Important To Exterminate Carpenter Ants From Your Home

Carpenter Ants are a wood destroying pest that is capable of doing a significant amount of damage to the interior and exterior wooden structures of your house. They like to establish carpenter ant nests in dry wood close to sources of moisture. The damage they create in your home occurs as they set up new nests. Once a nest is established, as it becomes larger, carpenter ants will begin to build new nests nearby. In the springtime, established carpenter ant nests produce winged re-productive ants that leave the nest to mate. Once they have mated the female sheds her wings. The newly impregnated female carpenter ant sets up a new nest or colony within close proximity to existing carpenter ant nests. Carpenter ants like to live in dry wood. They establish their nests in dry wood not very far from sources of moisture. The larger their nests are, the larger the ants. If there are a number of carpenter ants appearing inside or outside of your home, varying in size from small to large; this indicates that the existing carpenter ant nests are very well established most often 3 to 5 years old and should be exterminated from your home by an experienced, licensed structural pest control technician from Atlanta Pest Control Ltd.

The structural damage that is caused to your home by Carpenter Ants, occurs as they travel back and forth to their nests. Carpenter ants are an exterior pest living in trees, wooden fences, railroad ties and wooden decks on the exterior of your home. In search of water, warmth and food they will enter your home. Carpenter ants like to live in dry wood and will set up their nests in dry wood not very far from sources of moisture such as older wooden window frames, eaves troughs that are collecting water, or near to wood that is older and collecting moisture, such as older wooden fencing, railroad ties, or older wooden decks.

As the carpenter ant nests established on the inside and outside of your home continue to grow, the carpenter ants within the nests (workers and scouts) continue to tunnel through wood for new sources of moisture and food for their nest. The structural damage that they create to your house as their nests continue to thrive and grow, can be quite extensive. A large carpenter ant nest exists of many continually growing tunnels through wood that are perfectly cylindrical in formation. Homeowners begin to notice holes and tunnels in wooden structures inside and outside of their home, when carpenter ants begin to clean out or clear these tunnels by kicking out any wood or fraas within these galleys or tunnels with their hind legs.

Carpenter Ants Move Independently Not As A Group

Carpenter Ants move independently not as a group or in soldier formation, as a result of this, in many instances, the first indication that homeowners have of close proximity to where a carpenter ant nest is located in their home, is a pile of sawdust or fraas located below a hole in the ceiling, wall or window frame inside their home, or on the exterior of their house they will notice a pile of sawdust or fraas beside a fence or deck attached to the house or on their property. As a homeowner, if you are concerned about Carpenter Ant infestation or damage inside or outside of your home it is most important that you telephone us at 416-391-4444 or email us at atlantapest@bell.net so that we can discuss with you and analyze your findings and concerns about Carpenter Ant activity and nests located outside or inside of your home, with a view to providing a professional, logical and understandable solution to exterminate carpenter ants and their carpenter ant nests from your home. Our licensed structural pest control technicians at Atlanta Pest Control Ltd. will eliminate carpenter ant infestations and nests from your home, as well as provide you with a written guarantee.

Extermination Of Mice And Rats From Your Home

A common problem for homeowners in the early springtime and late autumn, following colder weather, moisture, humidity and a lot of rain, is infestation of rodents (mice or rats) in your home. A clear indication of mice living within your house is the sound of scratching or scurrying in the walls, bathrooms or kitchen, especially behind the sink, underneath the stove or refrigerator. Mice infestation can be difficult to detect.

Mice and rats can enter your home through cracks and crevices between the mortar and brickwork, they can enter in the lower level or basement of your home through plumbing and drain pipes; they are great climbers and can easily scale walls or walk across hydro wires to enter the attic of your house.

Once pair of male and female mice or rats is in your home, it is possible that within 6 months there will be up to 40 rodents in the house. Mice are prolific breeders; the gestation period of a female mouse is 21 days. One female mouse can have 6 to 8 liters per year. At this rapid rate of reproduction it is very easy to have a number of mice living in your home before you notice an infestation. It is quite common for mice to be living in your house for 3 to 6 months before you actually see a mouse or hear them in the walls or floors. Like Mice, rats are very rapid breeders; one female rat can have 8 to 12 litters a year producing approximately 60 rats.

Mice and rat infestations are a serious concern. These rodents can easily be living within the structure of house for 3 to 6 months without being detected. For every one mouse or rat that you see it is estimated that there are six to eight or their relatives living in structure of your home. Mice are nocturnal, they come out at night in search of food and water at night. Both mice and rats have very poor eyesight they scurry around your home at night staying close to baseboards finding their way using their sense of touch, hearing and their keen sense of smell. They like to live behind kitchen cabinets, bathroom sinks and in walls and are very adept at finding their way around your house. Mice droppings and rat droppings are brown in color, mice droppings are the size and shape of a dry grain of rice and rat droppings are irregular in shape measuring about % inch long.

Evidence of rodent infestation in your home is actually seeing a mouse or rat, locating their droppings, rodent nest, especially at night the when mice and rats are most active, the sound of scurrying and squeaking various rooms or in walls and attics. Rodents like to sharpen their teeth on electrical wiring, they have teeth that are constantly growing, gnawing on wires, and various objects within the house is a very important part of their daily routine. Over time, rodents cause serious damage to the structure of your house and in some cases electrical fires with their consistent gnawing and chewing of electrical wires. As the numbers of rodents increase within a home, odor and disease associated with their increasing numbers is a very real concern.

Most important, as soon as you suspect an infestation of mice or rats in your home is to contact a licensed pest control company. Atlanta Pest Control Ltd. tel: 416-391-4444, website: atlantapestcontrol.ca will send a licensed structural pest control technician to meet with you at your home, provide a thorough inspection and licensed structural pest control rodenticides for the complete extermination of mice or rats from within your home and the structure of your house.