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Ants (Carpenter)

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carpenter ants in providence rhode island

What are carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants are a large species of ant that is very common in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They nest in wood and in large numbers they can cause significant structural damage.

What do they look like?

Carpenter ant workers are about 1/8 to 1/2 an inch long, depending on which specific species you are dealing with. They can be all red, all black, or a combination of red and black.  Carpenter ants in the house are often those large black ants you see wandering about. 

Do carpenter ants bite?

Carpenter ants can bite, but they rarely bite humans and they are not venomous. When they do bite it does not cause any damage.

Are carpenter ants dangerous?

Carpenter ants do not spread diseases or infections; however, they can still be dangerous. The danger with carpenter ants comes from the fact that they make their nests in wood. If they choose your home for their nest, they can cause serious structural damage.

What are the signs of a carpenter ant infestation?

An indication that you have carpenter ants and not another species of ant is small holes in the wooden structures in your home. These are the openings where the ants go into their nest. There is often a small pile of sawdust below the openings.

Why do I have a carpenter ant problem?

The ants most likely found their way into your home while foraging for food. When carpenter ants infest a home, it is most likely a satellite colony that has established there because of the warmth, safety and nearby food sources.

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

Getting rid of carpenter ants is extremely difficult. The source of the infestation must be found and the entire colony must be eradicated. If you only eliminate the satellite colony, they will most likely find their way back in and re-infest your home. The best way to take care of an ant problem is to call a pest control professional. For homes or businesses in Providence, Shrewsbury, or elsewhere in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Eastern Connecticut, call Big Blue Bug Solutions today.

Carpenter ant prevention tips from Big Blue Bug Solutions

To prevent a carpenter ant infestation, make sure all food sources are eliminated. Store all leftovers in tightly sealed plastic containers and immediately clean any spills or messes. Also, seal any possible entry point from outside, such as ripped screens or openings around pipes and vents. If this is not enough, call Big Blue Bug Solutions today for a quote on carpenter ant control.  You can also check out our blog for more information on carpenter ants in Rhode Island and New England!

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I am writing to let you know how impressed I am with one of your service technicians who just completed two services for me. Though I only know his first name as Jason, I can tell you that you have a real asset working for you there. Jason arrived promptly as requested, described what he intended on completing with his new mosquito killing application, and quickly went to work. Though a young man, Jason was very knowledgeable, respectful and courteous; qualities that many of the young seem to lack these days. I informed Jason that I also had a pending re-application for carpenter ants. He suggested calling your main office to get permission to complete the request while he was here. That is another area where as supervisor, I would give Jason a big acknowledgement and pat on the back. This man took the initiative to complete an additional service call knowing that it will do two things. First make the customer happy that they would not have to wait around for another service technician to arrive at their home and second, save the company money. Since he was all ready on scene and had the product to complete the call, it was a no brainer. The company now can free up that pending service call with another and only an additional few minutes were added to this original call. That is a guy who thinks on his feet and looks out for overall big picture. I just wanted to pass along this information to you and hope it gets Jason a well deserved pat on the back."

- Michael, Warren, RI