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Carpenter Ants: A Year-Round Pest

DATE POSTED: December 28, 2016

New Englanders truly have a love/hate relationship with Old Man Winter. The skiing is great, the snow is beautiful, and the temperatures are not. There is a saying; the only two seasons in New England are preparing for winter and winter. That’s true for pests as well. As homeowners all over the area are ordering home heating oil and stacking wood, pests like carpenter ants are finding a safe…

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Are Carpenter Ants Still Active?

DATE POSTED: October 17, 2016

There are more than 600 species of ants crawling around the United States, but if you have large black ants in your Massachusetts home – chances are good you have carpenter ants. Despite the name, these crawling social insects do not actually eat wood (or build anything with it!) but they are able to chew their way through wood to get to where they’re going, damaging furniture and leaving a…

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Cold Temperatures May Not Deter Carpenter Ants

DATE POSTED: September 16, 2016

If you're thinking that the cold temperatures of fall, and the eventual freeze of winter, will keep your Portland, Maine home safe from carpenter ants, you are only partly right. This is a pest that isn't going to take any holidays this season. If carpenter ants find the right conditions, they can stay active all winter long.

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May In Maine

DATE POSTED: May 20, 2016

It is the end of spring in Maine. Time to put away the snowshoes and skis, time to hang the sled up in the garage, and time to pack away the winter clothes. Things are warming up outside, and that means trips to the beach, cookouts, and pool parties. Yup. Mainers look forward to the end of spring and the beginning of summer. You know who else does? Carpenter ants.

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Do Carpenter Ants Bite?

DATE POSTED: March 16, 2016

Big Blue Bug Solutions has been helping homeowners in Southern New England for over 80 years; over time our professionals have heard and seen it all! This is why we encourage anyone who has a question about pests to not hesitate and contact us with any type of pest control question! Specific pest questions that we receive a lot from homeowners are about carpenter ants, and more specifically- “do…

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Are These Carpenter Ants?

DATE POSTED: November 23, 2015

If you've been living under a rock (pun intended) you may not know what a carpenter ant is. So let me tell you. A carpenter ant is about ⅛ to ½ an inch long, depending on the species. They can be all black, all red, or a combination of those two colors.

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