What most folks describe as large black ants crawling through the house end up being carpenter ants.. Carpenter ant workers usually range in size from 1/4 -1/2 inch long. These sterile female workers are the most common ant that we see. They are the workhorses of the ant colony collecting food and water , excavating wood to expand the colony , tending to eggs , larvae and pupae. There is also a red version of the carpenter ant in maine. We also get carpenter ant winged reproductive swarmers ... these very large ants 5/8-7/8 in length will show up in the house and make everyone nervous they have termites... these ants will actually turn out to be the future queens of a new ant colony once reproduction has taken place and their wings have been shed. If you would like identification of an ant you can contact us at Benson pest management through email or by phone or text messaging at 207-478-2362 . You call also contact the university of maine cooperative extension pest management office located in Orono ..online.
There are a few things that tip you off there may be a carpenter ant infestation in your home.. one is you are seeing ants on a regular basis. This is usually in the kitchen or bathroom area. While it is possible to see an occasional ant in the house searching for food seeing ants consistently could be cause for further investigation. The next big one is seeing sawdust dropping down or showing up around the house.. this sawdust also known as frass is the result of the carpenter ants gnawing out galleries in the wood of your home to expand their colony.
There will usually be ant body parts mixed in with the sawdust but not always... this is the ants discarding the workers that have perished in the working colony.. the other material we see most often is piles of fine foam springing up within the home .. this is from the rigid foam board used for insulating walls and ceilings and the ants are having a hay day making galleries in the foam for their increasing family.. please see the picture on this web page taken in 2016 in western maine of an ant colony busy at work on 2 inch foam insulation in a wall.
The description from some of our customers and what we have heard
In the state of maine there are termites but they are not very common. The vast majority of the calls we get end up being reproductive swarmer carpenter ants . These large winged ants will be either male or female reproductive ants. Once the male ants mate they die - "bummer" - but then the female ants that have reproduced will become the new queen. One thing of concern is if these winged ants are showing up inside the home then there could be a carpenter ant colony present that are hatching. It's helpful to have a sample of the insect to be the identified when we come to do our pest inspection.
We at Benson Pest Management are a local Bangor area pest management professional We have a great deal and years of experience dealing with carpenter ants - in fact they are our specialty and we work on hundreds of these problems every year. We possess our master commercial applicators pest license - that is the highest level of licensing attainable in the state of maine. We believe we provide a prompt and courteous service with unparalleled customer satisfaction. Please call us today to schedule an appointment ... thank you 207-478-2362
It's always best to have a professional company like Benson Pest Management to treat carpenter ants. We are more experienced in inspecting properties, locating nests, baiting techniques, and general insecticide treatments, so Benson Pest Management of Maine professionals can more effectively and quickly control carpenter ants. Also, Benson Pest Management has access to specialized equipment and insecticides and know how to correctly use them. Benson Pest Management also offers services such as sealing or screening holes and crevices to help prevent further carpenter ant activity in homes.
Eliminating a carpenter ants can be a difficult and challenging task. Our step in carpenter ant control always include mechanical modifications to the structure and environment. The object is to reduce the avenues available for carpenter ants to enter a home or structure, as well as removing possible food and water sources.
Benson Pest Management uses four methods of pesticide application used for controlling active infestations of carpenter ants: exterior perimeter treatments, interior void treatments and treating the infested wood and baiting.
Control should be performed by an experienced pest management professional. Benson Pest Management has the experience, equipment, and a wider array of products to more effectively control a carpenter ant problem. You can still play a crucial role in control programs by providing us detailed information, such as when, where, and how many carpenter ants were seen.
Carpenter ants are the most common pest problem encountered in the Ellsworth Maine area. Carpenter ant colonies can be found in the homes walls, in attic areas, the sill plate close to the ground and inside foam insulation whether it be in walls , basement or attics. Carpenter ants will turn a 2 inch piece of foam insulation into a Swiss cheese or honey comb appearance thus seriously compromising the insulation value of the insulation.
Benson Pest Management covers Bar Harbor, Trenton, Somesville, South West Harbor, Seal Harbor, North East Harbor, Deere Isle, Stonington, Blue Hill, Castine, Brooklin, Penobscot, Orland, Ellsworth, Dedham, Holden, Lincoln, Enfield, Bangor, Hampden, Carmel, Brewer, Old Town, Orono, Bradley, Milford, Machias, Harrington, Milbridge, Hancock and Sorrento Maine and will be glad to assist you with your carpenter ant problem. We have designed plans to protect buildings from this pest with the conditions that exist in Maine in mind. We have our Maine masters license for pest control, the highest license attainable in the state of Maine. Many companies employ seasonal workers that only have an operators level license. Rest assured if you have any pest problem our Benson Pest Management experts will be able to help resolve any pest issues.