HOW MUCH DOES AN CARPENTER ANTS EXTERMINATOR COST?
If you’re dealing with a carpenter ant infestation and wondering how much it will cost to get rid of them, look no further. This article will provide you with all the information you need to know about the costs of exterminating these pests.
Before we delve into the cost, it is essential to understand what carpenter ants are and why they are problematic.
Carpenter ants are social insects that live in colonies and primarily feed on damp, decaying wood. They are usually black and measure between 6 and 12 mm in length.
These ants can cause significant damage to the wooden structures of homes by digging galleries to build their nests. If not eliminated quickly, the damage can be considerable and costly to repair.
Price of Carpenter Ant Extermination
The cost of exterminating carpenter ants depends on several factors.
– Colony size: the larger the colony, the longer and more expensive the treatment will be.
– Extent of damage: if the ants have caused significant damage, additional costs will be incurred for repairs.
– Nest location: if the nest is difficult to access, the cost of extermination may be higher.
– Chosen extermination method: some methods are more expensive than others.
– Guarantees offered: some companies offer extended guarantees in case of recurrence.
The average cost of exterminating carpenter ants is typically between $400 and $1,000 CAD.
However, these prices may vary depending on the aforementioned factors. It is essential to get quotes from multiple exterminators. Price should not be the sole factor in selection. Ensure that the selected exterminator holds CD5 certification, is a member of the Association Québécoise de la Gestion Parasitaire, and most importantly, has the expertise required for this type of treatment.
Carpenter Ant Extermination Methods
There are different methods for eliminating carpenter ants. The choice of method will depend on the situation and budget.
Insecticides are often used to eradicate carpenter ant colonies. These products can be applied directly to the nest or in areas where the ants are active. While this method is effective, it can pose health risks to the occupants of the home. Therefore, it is essential to hire a certified exterminator who will use the products safely and responsibly. Among the choices of insecticides, at Exterminatek, we choose Scorpio and Dragnet, insecticides that are only accessible to professionals.
Scorpio is an effective insecticide against carpenter ants. This insecticide contains spinosad, an active ingredient derived from a naturally occurring bacterium, Saccharopolyspora spinosa. The ants are attracted to the bait and bring it back to their nest to feed the other worker ants, larvae, and the queen. The colony is destroyed within 1 or 2 weeks.
Dragnet FT is another commonly used insecticide to control carpenter ants. It is a synthetic pyrethroid that mimics the action of natural pyrethrins, compounds found in certain chrysanthemum flowers. Dragnet FT acts quickly to kill carpenter ants and has a residual effect that can control the infestation for an extended period of time.
Prevention is the best way to avoid carpenter ant problems. Here are some measures you can take to protect your home.
Regularly inspect your home for signs of infestation, such as galleries dug in the wood, piles of sawdust, and the presence of ants inside. Quickly repair water damage and replace damaged wood.
Carpenter ants are attracted to moisture, so it is important to keep your home dry. Ensure your roof, gutters, and pipes do not leak and install fans or dehumidifiers if necessary.
Carpenter ants feed on other insects, honeydew produced by aphids, and human food. Eliminate these food sources by regularly cleaning your kitchen, storing food in airtight containers, and removing plant debris near your home.