There are a multitude of subspecies of ants, including carpenter ants that are real pests due to the fact that they are able to gnaw wood. The presence of 2 or 3 individuals in a house is often the beginning of an infestation. In this case, they should be eliminated as quickly as possible. Exterminator in Montreal shows you how to get there.
The first step in an extermination of carpenter ants is to play detective in search of clues.
During the winter period, these insects walk around houses. Indeed, outside, where extreme cold reigns, these ants are forced to go into diapause. This is a state where they are very inactive if not completely inactive. So, if you find these critters at home during the winter, you are almost certain to face an invasion. That is the first clue.
The second clue is to find piles of sawdust in places in the house. Indeed, to have a cozy nest where to live, carpenter ants dig wood. However, they do not feed on it, but reject it in the form of sawdust.
Inspect the different areas of the house where moisture is present, as these insects could be present. Carpenter ants can be found anywhere the frame is unprotected or in contact with the ground. You can probe the wood in the house to make sure it does not contain sawdust. To do this, use a screwdriver.
Discovering the colony
A colony of ants in the house can be discovered by following the line of these insects. Generally, ants use clotheslines or electrical wires to access their colony. The latter can be established in the hollow spaces of the walls, behind books stored in the library, in the attic, etc.
Elimination of the Queen
The survival of an entire colony of carpenter ants depends on that of their queen. Indeed, it is the only one that gives birth to all the members of the mother colony. It is also the one that gives birth to the members of the satellite colonies. For that, it must be eliminated. By means of a bait made equally of borax and sugar, it is possible to eliminate this queen.
Unfortunately, the Queen is never exposed. Then, it will be necessary to spread the bait to the places frequented by the workers. These will transport them to the colony where the queen is. She and all the other ants in the colony will eat it and die afterwards. Then the anthill will definitely go out.
Perform physical interventions
It is not enough to eliminate the entire colony to be sure that you are completely out of trouble. You should also take the following actions:
- Replacement of infested or rotten wood;
- Plugging of entries;
- Elimination of moisture areas;
- Cleaning mulch;
- Pruning of tree branches that are in contact with the house;
You must also protect your food with leak-proof containers. No trace of food should be left in the dwelling.
Calling on a professional
Very often, it is necessary to use the services of a professional exterminator such as Exterminator in Montreal. When we arrive on the scene, one of the first things we do is find out the time of year when you came across the first carpenter ant.
Next, we look to see if your water pipes have any loopholes. Finally, we conduct a complete inspection of the house to find out which pest control extermination method to use.
Exterminateur à Montréal is a member of the AQGP. Therefore, our method of intervention is fully authorized by the legislator. Moreover, at your request, we will tell you in detail how we will proceed to permanently get rid of these ants. We only use insecticides when necessary. And in this case again, our team makes use of products that respect the environment.