How do I know if I have carpenter ants?
In Calgary, most Carpenter ant work is fortunately quite minor. A typical scenario would be for carpenter ants to have made a colony in an exterior window frame. On acreages outside of Calgary, carpenter ant jobs seem to be more severe; they can inhabit multiple walls in the structure and are often found in the exterior surrounding areas. The best way to identify a carpenter ant is by scooping a few up and placing them in an old plastic container for your pest control service technician to inspect. If you see piles of saw dust in the middle of a room, falling out of a baseboard or window frame, you may have carpenter ants. You need to have 30% humidity in the wood for carpenter ants to make galleries. Does the structure have water issues? If it does, you have a potential problem.
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It rained last night. Will this wash away the chemical?
The liquid chemicals used today are mainly pyrethrins. They break down rapidly due to sunlight and mechanical actions such as vacuuming, mopping and sweeping. Depending on the brand of chemical and how it was applied you can expect the chemical to last around 30 days on the interior and up to 14 days on the exterior of the structure. One or two millimeters of rain isn’t an issue. We tend to avoid treating for ants during rain, mainly because, like us, the ants aren’t out — they’re trying to keep dry. The chemical is most effective when the ants are present.
Do ant baits work?
The short answer is yes — ant baits work, but they require a lot of patience. Ants are very fussy eaters. In the morning, the colony may want protein; in the afternoon, the ant colony may want carbohydrates. Understanding this means putting out 2 or 3 different kinds of ant baits to appeal to the colony at all times. Most ant baits come in a 5% concentration, but this strength is too high. The ants usually die before they make it back to the nest. An ideal concentration is between 1% – 3%. Yes, ant baits do work, but they have limitations and results are not instantaneous.
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