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: Carpenter Ants - They are back!!

Carpenter Ants - They are back!!

Spring is here and we found our first carpenter ants of the season yesterday. Everyone in western Washington should know how to recognize these destructive pests. They cause more damage to homes then any other insect in our area. 

If you find anything like these, call us and we will positively identify them for you . We will pass along advice to avoid them and keep them under control. BTW, don't bother fighting them yourself, you can't buy the recommended pesticide to control them without a license.

Other tips to recognize them, They almost never walk side-by-side, almost always in single file, and not head to tail, but about 1 foot apart. Their favorite food is other insects so look for them to be returning to your home with aphids or other small insects in their jaws. If you find these and want advice call us, no charge. 206-295-4330

The best treatment is called Termidor,  a very strictly regulated chemical, only a professional with a license can buy it, and by law, it can only be used 2 times a year on any given home.  If you have a serious infestation, they also may use a wall injection along with the Termidor perimeter spray. We have recommendations for local pest control officers that will help you with controlling these destructive critters.  If you want a their number give us a call.

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Comments

Hello JJ and Suzanne - Nice post.  Have a great day.

Posted by Andy Chaudoir, Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas (Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas) over 8 years ago

Good information for folks. Those ants are pesky devils for sure!

Posted by Mike Gillingham (Eastern Iowa Inspection Services LLC) over 8 years ago

HEARD OF THEM BUT NEVER THOUGHT OF THEM AS BEING AN ACTUAL PEST LIKE THAT.  ALWAYS SEE THEM AROUND BLACKBERRY PLANTS.

Posted by Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate (Fathom Realty) over 8 years ago

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