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Carpenter ants are social insects that use their strong mandibles to hollow out galleries in wood for nesting purposes. One of the tell tale signs of this particular species of ant is the piles of sawdust found near their nests, commonly referred to as frass. They are usually black, red, brown, or combinations of red and black. The workers in a carpenter ant colony vary in size from 1/8 to 1/2 an inch in length and the queen can be as large as 5/8 inches in length.
Carpenter ants prefer to establish nests in decaying wood and then move into more sound wood. In most cases a nest located within your home is a satellite colony which has been started by a larger colony located outdoors. The ants you see indoors are foraging for food. Carpenter ants will enter your home through eaves, window frames, door frames, utility lines and plumbing.
Carpenter ants do not usually bite. The greater concern is their ability to cause structural damage.
Carpenter ants are extremely difficult to eradicate. That's why our service includes the necessary products and follow up visits for one fee. Our treatment methods consist of the following:
Initial Service - Detailed inspection of the interior and exterior of your home, then a targeted treatment of all areas where activity is present. Each Initial Service includes the application of seven exclusive Pest Guard steps, designed to rid your home of unwanted pests and keep them away.
Follow Up - Quarterly interior/exterior or exterior-only services will be scheduled as part of our annual Integrated Pest Management program. All Schendel Premium Care customers enjoy the benefit of our PestZero Guarantee. If pests return in between visits, Schendel returns for free.
Due to the complexity of treatment and the time required, carpenter ants are generally not a pest many people have success in eradicating on their own. Beware when purchasing pesticides and other products online as many are not effective. Pesticides can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.
Schendel is 100% committed to helping you as soon as possible and in most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.
Schendel uses the least amount of material possible while still resolving the problem. We utilize natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of treatment whenever possible. When conventional materials are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no threat to people, pets or plants. All products are found to be effective and registered by the EPA and if there are any specific safety measures that need to be taken, our service technicians will inform you immediately.
We have standard pricing for all of our pest services, based on average size homes under 3500 square feet and where the infestation does not require more than the standard number of services. We will always make you aware of any price changes before we start your service. Sign up for your FREE quote today and see how much you can save with Schendel.
Schendel offers customers an exclusive PestZero Warranty. We will target the source and eliminate your pest problem. If pests return, Schendel returns for free. Guaranteed.
Pest problems can be difficult to prevent. Many of our clients choose to continue service with our ant services to keep pests out of their home. You can also check our Pest Prevention Tips here.
Schendel Pest Services provides residential and commercial carpenter ant control and extermination services for Topeka, KS; Kansas City, KS; Lawrence, KS; Wichita, KS; Kansas City, MO; Springfield, MO; Phoenix, AZ; Addison, TX; and Norman, OK.
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