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How To Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants

If you've noticed sawdust-like material on the floor below tiny holes in your walls, have spotted large black ants foraging in your kitchen or other part of your structure, or have discovered ants infesting your trees outside, your property has a carpenter ant problem. 

Carpenter ants are wood-destroying ants that are a serious problem for property owners in Maine and one that can lead to significant damage if left un-treated. When you sign up for carpenter ant control from locally owned and operated Pine State Pest Solutions, our team of licensed pest control specialists will get to the bottom of the infestation and implement a solution that eliminates existing carpenter ant activity. 

Pine State Pest Solutions has been providing carpenter ant control services in Auburn, Brunswick, and in communities throughout our Maine service area for more than 10 years and are ready to eliminate carpenter ants in your home or business.

Carpenter Ant Inspection &Treatment

When you contact Pine State for help getting rid of carpenter ants, we'll start with a thorough inspection of your home and property in order to locate the main nest and any satellite nests. We'll also evaluate the severity of the infestation and determine if carpenter ants have already caused damage. Based on our assessment, we'll develop service the property following the process outlined below.


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Interior carpenter ant control service

Once we know where carpenter ant nests are or where these pests are showing up, we'll perform a carpenter ant treatment that consists of treating any nests with a product that eliminates carpenter ants on contact.

It also has a residual effect in case foraging ants are not in the nest at the time of treatment. Once they encounter the material, they will be exterminated.

Exterior carpenter ant treatment

Our carpenter ant control service also includes an exterior barrier treatment.

We'll spray around the entire perimeter of the foundation to target carpenter ants that are trying to get in from the outside. 


Follow-up carpenter ant treatment(s)

For infestations that are severe or if property owners are still seeing carpenter ant activity after several days, Pine State will return to re-treat the problem. 

In fact, we will continue to treat until we are confident that carpenter ants are no longer a threat. 

Guaranteed Carpenter Ant Service

We're confident that our carpenter ant control service is effective - so much so that we guarantee this service for the rest of the season! That means, if you discover carpenter ants on your property and you've eliminated the conditions that attract them (we'll point them out) any time from when we gave your property the all clear to the following spring, we'll come back out to treat at no additional charge.

Bi-Annual Carpenter Ant Treatments

For properties that, year after year, experience carpenter ant issues but not necessarily other pest problems, we highly recommend our bi-annual carpenter ant treatments. When you sign up for this service, we'll come out each spring and fall to perform an exterior carpenter treatment.

In simplest terms, we'll lay down an application of product around the entire perimeter of the structure that carpenter ants cannot pass through without being eradicated. As a bonus, this treatment is effective against other pests including overwintering stink bugs and box elder bugs. 

Ongoing Home Protection That Keeps Carpenter Ants & Other Pests Away

While Pine State Pest Solutions offers the stand-alone carpenter ant control services mentioned above, we encourage homeowners who deal with carpenter ants and other pests inside their homes to sign up for an ongoing home pest control plan. Not only does our Home Protection Plan target carpenter ants, it protects against common house-infesting insects such as ants, cockroaches, mice, and spiders


Pine State's Home Protection Plan

Pricing starting as low as $35/month

pine state's home protection plan iconPine State’s Home Protection is an affordable pest control plan that is ideal for homeowners who want general pest control services that target common house-infesting insects and rodents.

When you sign up for this ongoing service, you’ll receive an initial service visit to treat the existing pest problem and then seasonal service visits spread out over the year to ensure pests stay out. That’s a total of four services annually.

Pests covered under Pine State’s Home Protection plan include carpenter ants, cornfield ants, crazy ants, field ants, little black ants, pavement ants, carpet beetles, cigarette beetles, drugstore beetles, flour beetles, ground beetles, hide beetles, larder beetles, saw-toothed grain beetles, warehouse beetles, boxelder bugs, carpenter bees, centipedes, clover mites, American cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, wood cockroaches, field crickets, house crickets,  European earwigs, firebrats, cluster flies, fruit flies, bald-faced hornets, European hornets,  deer mice, house mice, millipedes, Angoumois grain moths, drain moths, Indian meal moths, Mediterranean flour moths, mud daubers, Norway rats, paper wasps, pill bugs, rice weevils, silverfish, sow bugs, springtails, cellar spiders, daddy longlegs spiders, house spiders, jumping spiders, sac spiders, wolf spiders, Western confider seed bugs, and yellow jackets.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Carpenter Ants

If carpenter ants don't eat wood, they don't do much damage, right?

Wrong actually. Carpenter ants do not eat wood but they tunnel through wood in order to create galleries for nesting purposes. Their tunneling or excavating work they perform will weaken the wood and can lead to extensive damage over time. 

Does it really matter what type of ant I have in my home, can't you just treat it?

The answer to this question is yes and no... Let us explain. Although ants are similar in their appearance, they don't all operate the same way and require different products in order to exterminate them. That's why accurate identification of the ant problem is essential and why we start service with an inspection. Rest assured, that no matter what type of ant is infesting your home or property, we have a solution!

Where do carpenter ants nest?

While carpenter ants nest in both moist and dry wood, they prefer water damaged wood or wood with moisture issues.  Outside, carpenter ant nests can be found in trees, logs, and stumps - preferably dying or rotting ones. Inside a structure, these wood-destroying ants are likely to be found in wood around sinks, tubs, and other wood that has been damaged by leaks. Poorly sealed windows and doors, chimneys that are not flashed well, and roofs that are leaking or that have had leaking issues in the past are all common nesting sites for these ants. 

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