When Should I Call A Pest Control Company?

By Chris Williams on February 4, 2014.

Carpentar ant infestation questionQuestion

We live in an older home and every summer we see a few big black ants wandering around.  It seems like the ant activity peaks in June and July, and after that we don’t see so many.  We have never seen “saw dust” or other tell-tale evidence of a nest.

Our neighbor recently replaced her windows.  Her carpenter said he found several large Carpenter Ant nests and had to call an exterminator.  We are worried that the ants we see each summer are not only living in our house, but causing extensive damage as well.  When is the best time to call an exterminator?


Timing is everything. Pest Control Specialists have management strategies designed to solve most pest control problems.  As with any pest situation, prompt action can reduce or eliminate the need for costly repairs and control measures.

In many cases the problem has been going on for some time and has progressed to a point that calls for Pest Control Professionals.  A to Z, early detection and treatment lead to a better outcome.  In most pest control scenarios, the problem likely could have been prevented with a small amount of foresight.

Design, construction materials, quality of workmanship, and maintenance procedures all contribute to lack of pest activity.  That being said, much can be overlooked, or go wrong.  Properties change hands, mangers come and go.  Financial issues can be a reason for extensive pest damage.

Vacant buildings can give rise to a whole host of problematic situations including: mold, wildlife (Grey Squirrels, Red Squirrels, Flying Squirrels, Raccoons, Skunks, Snakes, Alligators, Woodchucks, Beavers, Etc.), rats/mice, carpenter ants, wasps, yellow jackets, to name a few.  Even buildings that  are well maintained can develop pest problems.  Hidden water leaks, termite damage, carpenter ant galleries, rodent chewing, beetle damage, and mold can lead to extensive repairs and lower property value.  Once damage is done, remedial actions may exceed initial construction costs.  I recommend having a Pest Control Professional inspect for signs of infestation as soon as suspicions arise.

No matter what the pest situation, early identification is paramount.  Routine inspections are a valuable part of any maintenance plan.  Why not have a trained eye inspect your structure periodically! If pest activity or other structural deficiencies are noted, they will be brought to your attention so that action can be taken as needed.




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