Carpenter Ants can create a lot of damage to a home quickly. With their large mandibles they can create tunnels and galleries through the walls of your Northern VA home. You may see them wandering around your home, usually alone. Carpenter Ants mainly feed on dead insects and meat, so if you leave our ant baits or traps, they may not eat it if other options are available. Carpenter ants can be easily identified by their large mandibles and large thorax. If you’ve seen small black or red ants around your home, check out our Ants page. Exterminators know that finding carpenter ants or seeing the damage they cause can be scary, and getting rid of them can be challenging. Here at Fox Pest Control, we work in Northern VA to help you live pest free.
You might already know you have a carpenter ant infestation, but here are a few of the most common signs carpenter ant exterminators look for in Northern VA.
Large ants crawling inside your Northern VA home or other building, especially if they’re coming out of holes in the walls, ceilings, baseboards, cabinets, or other home features.
Piles of fallen wood shavings, especially if they’re near an ant hole inside the building.
Scratching or rustling sounds coming from inside the walls.
Think you have a carpenter ant problem? Call Fox Pest Control at (703) 454-8200 for a free Northern VA carpenter ant control quote.
Your technician will conduct a thorough pest control inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized carpenter ant treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.
You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain carpenter ant free.
We come back regularly throughout the year to ensure the carpenter ants don’t come back. If you see any carpenter ant activity between your regularly scheduled service, simply give us a call. We’ll come back for free!
Is a trail of ants marching across your countertop,
or setting up camp in your cupboard?
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Ants are masters of sneaking into your home through unsealed gaps in your cement, brick or siding.
They can also slip in through open gaps around windows or door frames.
If you've got food or moisture available, they'll come crawling.
Most ants are harmless.
But some, like fire ants, bite and sting.
Other types of ants build huge mounds that can tear up your lawn.
Carpenter ants can burrow into your wood,
causing major damage to window and door frames, or even the structure of your home.
If you see ants, call us.
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Your Fox Pest Pro will thoroughly inspect your home,
and then create a customized plan to get rid of those pesky ants for good.
After the treatment, we'll send you a detailed report of what we did,
along with helpful suggestions for how to keep the ants outside where they belong.
We follow up with regular inspections,
carefully checking for any potential trouble spots.
If ants return, simply give us a call,
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Knowing the difference between these two pests can save you time, stress, and money.
Ants have four wings of different lengths
Termites have four wings of the same length
Ants have a tiny waist
Termites have a broad waist
Ants have an elbow bend in their antennae
Termites have straight antennae, which are like a tiny string of beads.
Even though carpenter ants don’t eat wood, they can still cause a huge amount of damage. Homeowners across the nation and in Northern VA spend thousands of dollars out-of-pocket because insurance companies don’t cover damage by insects.
No. True to their name, they carve wood, just like a carpenter. Carpenter ants use their large jaws to cut galleries and tunnels. But unlike termites, they don’t eat wood.
Carpenter ant infestations in Northern VA can be extremely serious and difficult to remove without professional help. Homeowners often spend vast amounts of money and resources to fight carpenter ants, but without long term results.
While some species prefer wet or damaged wood, they can also infest undamaged or dry wood, but that’s much less common.
One reason carpenter ant infestations are difficult to treat is because they make satellite nests, which the queen can replenish if they die out because of treatments.
If the carpenter ants in your home are a satellite nest, it could be many yards away from the main nest. This means the queen will be unaffected by non-professional treatments. The queen could completely restart a new infestation in your home without detection.
Mature carpenter ant colonies in Northern VA can create satellite nests which are separate from the main nest but still dependent on the queen. Satellite nests allow the ants to widen their territory and find more food sources. The ants march back and forth between the two nests to carry eggs and to replenish food for the main colony.
No, because they don’t like to come into the open. Once they gain entry to the house, carpenter ants tend to stay inside the wall voids and out of sight. Because of this, they can remain undetected for 8-10 years. If you sense trouble, call Fox Pest Control in Northern VA. We’ll send a licensed and certified technician to your home to get rid of carpenter ants today!
If a Fox Pest Control customer has an infestation of covered pests between regularly scheduled Home Protection Plan treatments, we will come back and perform targeted treatments to get rid of the pest at no charge. If Fox Pest Control cannot resolve the problem after three such targeted treatments, we will cheerfully refund the customer’s last monthly subscription fee, as long as all other terms of the agreement have been met.
And if you see any pest activity between your regularly scheduled treatments, simply give us a call; we'll come back at no additional charge.
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