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Carpenter Ants Overview

Carpenter ants are just one of the many species of ant that can invade homes throughout Arkansas. However, unlike a lot of other ant species that are considered to be nuisance pests, carpenter ants are not. They are a wood destroying ant that can cause extensive and costly damage to homes and other buildings. Carpenter ants, unlike termites, do not eat the wood that they are tunneling through, instead they remove it in order to create tunnels and nesting areas. These wood destroying insects can be red, black, brown, or a combination of red and black in color and the workers range in size from 1/8th to ½ of an inch in length. The queens grow larger than the other ants; up to 1 inch in length.

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When do I most need to worry about Carpenter ants in Arkansas?













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Things folks across Arkansas, Louisianna, and Oklahoma wonder about.

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Why do I have them?

Carpenter ants generally nest outside in some form of decaying or hollow wood- fallen trees, tree stumps, or in wood piles. They do, however, come into homes through small openings, cracks, and crevices as they are foraging for food and water sources, and once inside they may create satellite nesting areas behind walls or underneath floors. They prefer to nest in wood that has been previously damaged by water. While inside your home these invaders travel through your kitchen and pantry areas gathering crumbs and other food debris to bring back to their colony.

Are carpenter ants dangerous?

Carpenter ants are not dangerous to people because they do not sting or bite, but they are very dangerous to homes and other buildings. If left untreated the extensive tunnels and nesting areas that they create through the structural wood of a building can greatly weaken its structural integrity.

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

Getting rid of carpenter ants is more difficult than you may think because it takes more than just getting rid of the ants you see marching through your kitchen. All of the many nesting areas and queens need to be found and eradicated. Also, changes need to be made around your home to fix the areas that are allowing the ants to come in. For help to safely and completely get rid of your carpenter ant problem you should contact the pest control experts at McCauley Services.

Can I do it myself?

Do-it-yourself pest control is never recommended. The sprays and ant control products available ‘over the counter’ can be very dangerous for you, your children, and pets to be around if they are not mixed and used properly. Also, many of the DIY products are not very effective and do nothing to solve the toot of your ant problem. The root of your problem is finding out where they are nesting and how they are gaining entrance into your home.

Is the treatment for carpenter ants safe?

Yes, the treatment services that McCauley Services provides to our customers to eliminate carpenter ant infestation is safe. The health and safety of our customers, their families or employees is our top priority. The products and treatments that we use are EPA registered for pest control use. All of our pest control professionals are registered, licensed, and properly trained to ensure that all our chemicals are used in a safe manner and are properly applied.

How soon can you get here?

At McCauley Services, we understand how important it is to you that pest problems are taken care of as quickly as possible so, in most cases we are able to provide same or next day services.

How much do carpenter ant services cost?

Unfortunately there is no one size fits all solution to carpenter ant infestations. At McCauley Services we customize contracts to meet your needs and expectations so our prices reflect that. When you contact our office we can provide you with a general price range. For many pests, including carpenter ants, we recommend a free inspection. We’ll be happy to send out one of our representatives to investigate your concerns. From there we’ll be able to provide recommendations for treatment.

How do I prevent carpenter ants from taking over my property?

Carpenter ants are difficult to control and prevent, putting into place a year-round home pest control program like McCauley’s Prescribed Home Protection Program is the best way to eliminate and control carpenter ants. Along with our Prescribed Home Protection Program other things you can do around your home to help prevent carpenter ants include:

Placing woodpiles a distance away from your home, and removing piles of organic debris from your property.

Make sure that outdoor trash cans are not placed up against your home’s exterior walls, and that they have a tight fitting lid.

Repair any leaky pipes, fixtures, or other areas of water in and around your home that the ants could use as a water sources.

In your kitchen and pantry areas make sure to quickly clean up spills and crumbs.

Seal cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation, and caulk gaps found around windows and doors.