What to Expect from Our Carpenter Ant Treatment
We make every effort to locate the colony in your home or business. If we can treat the nest directly, your problem should be resolved quickly. You may get a few wandering ants for a few days to a week that were not in the nest at the time of the treatment. However, the carpenter ant treatment around the home will kill them.
When we are unable to pinpoint the exact location of the nest, we treat all suspected areas more thoroughly which allows the ants to pick up the materials on their bodies an bring them back into the nest. This will, in time, contaminate the colony. Whether or not the actual nesting area is found and treated, it is imperative that you wait 30 days before any re-treatment to allow the materials to do their job.
To treat before the 30 days is only putting new material over a treatment that is already working. The materials that we use have a two to three month residual effect. Federal regulations also limit how often a residence may be treated so that you will not be over-exposed to materials.
Often There is No Colony within the Home Itself
Ants will sometime come into to forage from a nearby tree, stump, fence, firewood, etc. Carpenter Ants will forage from up to 100 yards away to gather food, especially in the Spring. In this situation, we set a barrier around the house to repel them. If they do attempt to cross the barrier, they will be killed. (The principle is similar to a moat around a castle.)
Still Seeing Ants After Treatment? Don’t Panic!
From the first few days to the first couple of weeks, you can also expect to see a great many more ants than you are used to seeing because the treatment has flushed them from their hiding areas and their trails. This is quite common since the ants are trying to escape the treatment. However, since your entire home has been treated, they will come in contact with the treatment rather quickly and thus be eliminated.
Please be patient and allow the treatment the necessary time to totally solve your ant problem. If after 30 days you are still having a problem, just call our office and we will send someone out to treat the problem areas of your home.
In addition, please realize that ants or other insects don’t drop dead as soon as they crawl across the treated areas. It can take a couple of hours (time varies depending on how much material they pick up) to kill them, but it will work. Please have realistic expectations after this treatment. This does not mean you will never see another ant and the occasional sighting inside. It takes a little time from he moment they cross the material to the time they die. If you see them dead, it means the treatment is working!