Frequently Asked Questions
Carpenter Ant Questions
How can I tell if its a termite or an ant?
With the eye and help of a magnifying glass. When you look at an
ant, there are three definite body segments. A termite has two.
When they have wings, the ants will have four wings- two long two
short. The termites will have four wings all the same length.
Is it a law that requires an inspection for the sale of my home?
There is no law in Georgia that requires a Wood Destroying Pest
Inspection. An inspection is usually required by the new leader
or mortgage holder. The sales agreement between buyer and seller
identifies the inspection and gives direction. The escrow instructions
also address the inspection. A house could be sold as is,
but a new lender normally wants the house free of evidence of active
infestation or infection in the visible accessible areas of the
structure. State law normally requires seller to disclose any problems
the house may have. Termites are to be included in this disclosure.
When should I have my house inspected if I am going to sell
The best time to have your house inspected is prior to agreeing
on a sales price with a prospective buyer. Most agents typically
wait until the house is in escrow before ordering the report. If
you have budgeted for termite or fungus problems, you are alright.
However, if you didnt budget for these problems, the additional
expenses could turn into a nightmare. Get a termite inspection before
you negotiate a sales price. Call our office and our friendly staff
will assist you in scheduling your free inspection.
Can I buy the chemicals and do it my self?
We dont recommend that the public do any chemical applications.
The labels on chemicals have directions for use, mixing, applications,
disposal and warnings. Most people do not read the complete label.
Leave the chemical applications to the professionals. We are licensed
and have label reviews periodically and have continuing education
to keep our licenses active and up to date. If you must apply something
at home to kill the ants, spiders or other swarming flying insects,
use Windex with ammonia, hair spray, or WD40. If you feel that you
must apply some type of chemical, buy Boric acid, but please follow
the instructions. It could mean your health.
The contractor or home inspector said I have termites.
The only inspector or company that can identify termites or other
wood destroying infestations or infections must be licensed by Consumer
Affairs - Structural Pest Control Board. Next time they tell you
that, ask to see their license. All licensees must carry with them
a copy of their license or pocket license.
How do termites get in my house and can I carry them
Subterranean termites in Georgia must live in the soil. They have
no eyes and cannot expose themselves to the air or they will dry
out and die
Therefore, you cannot carry them into your home. Termites travel
laterally from one food source to another. This is why when your
neighbors house is attacked by termites its a good bet they
will soon appear at your house.
If I remove the wood the termites are feeding on will that solve
No, think of the termites as a shark circling under your home. If
you prevent him from reaching one area, he simply moves to the next
area of opportunity. Termites need only 1/8 inch crack in the foundation
to gain access to your home. Building tunnels made of mud (mud tubes)
allows them to pass between wood boards and traverse large spans
of concrete to reach wood source.
I see saw dust, is this a sign of termites?
No, when termites take a bite out of wood they swallow it. Saw dust
is usually a sign of carpenter ants or could be a sign of Powder
Post Beetles or Wood Boring Beetles.
I see lots of wings on the floor in the spring, is this a sign
Yes, termites reproduce in the spring and swarm to the surface to
mate and fly away to another location and return to the soil. Re-locating
their colonies is how some homes can stand for years and years before
termites are active in the soil around their home.
I see large black ants in the spring and some times throughout
the summer and fall. Are these carpenter ants?
Yes, carpenter ants range in size but are generally described as
large, black heavily built ants.
Do carpenter ants eat wood?
No, carpenter ants mine the wood to create tunnels for their nest.
This mining process produces sawdust or frass. Some times the saw
dust spills or is carried out of the infested wood within the wall
voids or the wood timbers themselves. It looks like a lot of salt
What is the best method of elimating carpenter ants?
Because these ants live inside of walls voids, our void injection
system coupled with our prescription baiting program is used. The
exterior is treated with our low dose, low toxicity prescription
After you eliminate the colony or colonies of carpenter ants
infesting my home will they come back?
The answer is yes, maybe or not at all. What ever made your house
attractive to the ants in first place is probably still there. Most
homes are re-infested because they are still attractive to the ants.