SUMMER IS THE TIME WHEN THEY GET AGGRESSIVE AND CAUSE SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE.
I noticed some ants crawling around my property. When I started searching for holes, I found several spots around my house especially around back wall. I followed the trail of ants which lead me to the dumped scrap wood sitting for years in the corner of my back yard. I drove down to the nearby store and found a product insecticide and sprayed it on the holes and the wood. I thought it will kill the ants and solve my problem. Next weekend I was working in the backyard I found new holes and same big ants crawling around. I read the labels of the spray I used, it claimed to control ants but apparently it just disrupted the trail but my problem did not solve. I started looking online and searched about ants and type of ants and how they work and how to control that problem. I compared the pictures with the ants found in my backyard. It was a shock to me that these were not ordinary ants but Carpenter Ants. After discovering the damages they cause to the property, I gave up “do it yourself” strategy and started looking for an expert. After searching through Google local business directory, going through several websites I called a few companies and set up an appointment with a local pest control service whose office was in North Delta area where I live. The guy showed up and did an inspection. He revealed the same thing that Carpenter Ants have infested my house. After a thorough inspection he found the nest in the scrap wood and more surprisingly in the attic. He told me that ants chew on the wood used in the frame of the house and can weaken the structure if the problem prevails for a long period of time. He also mentioned that they can make nest in walls, attic dump wood, landscape wood and tree roots. Even though he treated the nest areas in and outside the house we got rid of the problem but he suggested removing the scrap wood as soon as possible. We are ants free and I take special care of my property so the problem doesn’t come back.