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Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ant Khaki
Size: 3.4 mm – 14 mm
Colour:Brown, Black, or Red & Black
Shape:Rounded thorax & large mandibles

Carpenter Ant Treatment


What Does Bugman Do?

For an effective solution to a carpenter ant infestation, it’s crucial to locate their nest. Our experts will meticulously treat your entire home, covering both the interior and exterior. They will apply their trained scrutiny in the search for the ant colony.

Will Carpenter Ants Cause Damage?

Carpenter ants pose a serious threat to your home. Immediate action towards an infestation can prevent any harm. But if ignored, these ants could lead to structural damage. They create tunnels and establish nests within your walls and other sections of the house, compromising its integrity

Why Choose Bugman?

We have 30 years of experience in chasing carpenter ants out of your home, and we offer affordable rates with a 6-month warranty.

What is Bugman’s Warranty?

We extend a 6-month warranty with our carpenter ant treatment service because sometimes, the infestation can be more widespread than initially perceived. Our goal is to ensure your home remains free of ants.

Where Does Bugman Service?

Our carpenter ant treatment services are available throughout Canada.

Don’t wait for the carpenter ants to create a village in your walls, give us a call at 604-854-2847, and we’ll help to rid you of your unwanted guests


More About Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants play an invaluable role in our ecosystem. They consume vast amounts of wood, converting it into fine sawdust that decomposes and fertilizes new growth. However, when they infiltrate human-made structures such as homes and businesses, they become one of Canada’s most destructive common insects.

Therefore, an infestation of carpenter ants demands immediate eradication to curtail further damage to the structure they occupy.

Carpenter Ant Life Cycle

Nuptial FlightThe nuptial flight is the mating process carpenter ants engage in every spring. At this time, winged males mate with winged females, while flying. After mating, the females lose their wings and the male dies. This female becomes a queen and begins to search for a place to start her colony.
EggsA queen usually lives for 20 years and lays 70,000 eggs in her lifetime. The queen will produce new “reproductive” ants, which will leave the colony to start a new sub-colony. Each new queen will lay between 15-20 eggs once they have found a place for their colony. Eggs usually hatch within 24 days, and until then, are kept in the main colony.
LarvaOnce hatched, carpenter ant larvae go through 4 developmental stages.
PupaFully mature larvae go into a cacoon for approximately 21 days, after which, the queen will help them emerge.
Adult Worker/Future QueenOnce the pupa stage is complete, carpenter ants advance into adult workers. Each colony has male & female ants that take on the reproductive role to expand colonies as well as workers (major and minor) to tend to the eggs and search for food.

Signs of a Carpenter Ant Infestation

  • Debris, such as wood shavings or sawdust, beneath baseboards, window sills, or any other wooden areas
  • Large ants on or in your house may be noticed when workers are foraging for food
  • The presence of winged ants (swarmers) may indicate an infestation as they are usually produced when a colony is ready to branch off into new colonies.
  • You may hear rustling noises inside your walls or woodwork as carpenter ants carve out tunnels to create their nests.

How did I get Carpenter Ants?

The most common culprits for attracting carpenter ants are moisture and wood. Carpenter ants usually build their nests in damp or decaying wood, making homes with leaky pipes or moisture issues their ideal spot.

Just like your least favourite house guest, carpenter ants don’t knock or use the front door, and they always overstay their welcome. The pests often make their way inside through unsealed openings around utility pipes and wires, but may also venture onto the house using tree branches extending onto/over the roof.

If There is an Infestation, Why Haven’t I Seen Them Before?

Carpenter ants are more active at night, so you are more likely to see/hear them in the early morning or the late evening. They may venture out when it is sunny and dry outside to gather food. But when it is cooler or damp outside, the carpenter ants may spend their time tending to the nest, and ensuring that the colony’s pupae are taken care of.

Do Carpenter Ants Bite?

Yes! Carpenter ants will bite as a defense mechanism when their nests are being disturbed, and, because carpenter ants are large, their bites can hurt. Carpenter ants also spray a defensive chemical of formic acid, which they can spray into the bite wound, further increasing the pain.

Carpenter Ant Damage Landscaping
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Don’t become a snack in your own home, call Bugman at 604-854-2847 to help get rid of your carpenter ants.