Carpenter Ants – Canton Georgia

Carpenter Ants control

Ants can be a frustrating summertime pest for homeowners. Some ants can ruin indoor and outdoor activities, and others can infest your home in search of food scraps. However, while these things can be frustrating, the carpenter ant is by far the most damaging type of ant to infest your home due to its destructive tendencies.

Carpenter ants are one of the largest ants in the United States, with adults of the species growing to over 1/2 an inch in length. They are typically black in coloration, but can sometimes be other colors depending on the species and region. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants are not one specific species, but are a type of ants that is divided into many different species, some of which do not consume wood.

Carpenter ants prefer to live in habitats that contain large amounts of wet, decayed wood. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood, creating nests and tunnels. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not consume the wood that they remove as they lack the necessary bacteria to break down cellulosic materials. Despite this, carpenter ants can cause substantial damage to your home by excavating wooden parts of the structure. Once they have established a nest, the queen of the colony will continuously lay eggs to create a large population of workers. Since the queen can have a lifespan of up to 20 years, the population can become extremely large. The growing nest will require more room, and often the workers will expand further into the structure if necessary.

If the nest becomes too large, the queen will sometimes produced winged swarmers, which will leave the colony, mate, and establish new satellite colonies nearby. These colonies will have no queen, and will remain linked with the original colony.

Since carpenter ants do not consume wood, they must establish colonies close to a source of food for the population. Like most species of ants, carpenter ants have a diverse diet, but they tend to prefer to consume sweet foods or meats. Carpenter ants are nocturnal foragers, which can make it difficult to spot their activity around your home if their colony is not located. Oftentimes, the ants will nest in wood beneath appliances, within wooden furniture, or around skylights. These areas offer the ants room to build a nest while remaining secluded and hidden from homeowners.

Typically, carpenter ants build out their nests fairly slowly, and will not cause major damage to your home overnight. However, due to their reclusive nature, it is possible for the ants to remain hidden for long periods of time, which can allow them to cause substantial damage if left unchecked. For this reason, it is important to identify their presence in your home as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is to have an inspection of the property completed by a licensed pest control company. A trained technician will be able to spot signs of pest activity in your home, and this can be traced back to a hidden carpenter ant colony if one exists in the home. It is important that the company that you call in is one that you trust because a careful eye is often required to spot the evidence of carpenter ant activity.

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Rather than simply applying a basic treatment to each home, we begin every job with a thorough inspection of the property. We use this inspection to identify signs of pest activity and to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

So if you are dealing with carpenter ants in your home, call us today at 770-479-1598!

By: Tim

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Our Reviews
Jamie O'Neill
Jamie O'Neill

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Just wanted to thank our exterminator Joel @Canton Termite for not only responding very quickly when we had a minor insect infestation but for ensuring we stay bug free with our normal service. He always gives us plenty of notice and arrives on time and does a very professional job. Also want to thank the entire team... Tim, Ed, William and Brent for doing an awesome job with my home and my rental homes for the last few years. Keep up the great work...

James Pritchett
James Pritchett

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

Last year the Cherokee County senior center assisted in me in finding a company to take care of a roach infestation in my home. I had tried several companies but I kept paying and the roaches never went away. William Botts with Canton Termite and Pest control came out and in 2 treatments got the job done. I am on a fixed income and appreciated the integrity and quality of this company. Today I realized I never thanked Canton Termite and Pest Control. I am thankful for what they did for me and refer my friends and anyone else who ask. They get the job done!

valerie hultquist
valerie hultquist

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

HONEST, HELPFUL, NOT IN BUSINESS TO RIP PEOPLE OFF! I called this company and spoke with a gentleman regarding a strange substance on the exterior of our home. I thought it might be termites because the paint was removed from the area as though it was being eaten. He asked me to email him a photo. He called me back and assured me it was not termites. He and the owner of the company gave me some suggestions of how to treat this mold-type substance. This could have easily gone in the opposite direction and charged me lots of $ to investigate a pest problem. No need to wonder if you will get a fair, honest deal with this company. They have a perfect 5 star rating because they have earned it the old fashioned way - by being honest.

Carl Carlson
Carl Carlson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I called William for a problem with carpenter bees. He was at my home within the hour. Problem solved. As we chatted I mentioned that in the spring we had birds nesting in our attic, now gone, but expected to return next year. He took the time to inspect the attic to figure out how they were getting in, and seal off the entrance... no additional charge. In short, he solved next years problem as a "good will" gesture (no pun intended). Great job. Great service. Did I mention William is now on my speed dial?

Debra Wright
Debra Wright

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Great customer service and prompt attention! William came out and did our initial application, but we need more treatment. Ed called me in no time and set up another treatment, same day! When Brent came out he was so professional and friendly! Took care of the application quickly, reassuring us that they are there whenever we need them! So glad I am using Canton Termite and Pest Control now for my pest services!

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