CARPENTER ANT TREATMENT PROCEDURES
This review is designed to help you more fully understand the invasive nature of Carpenter Ants, and the thorough treatment procedures that need to be adhered to in order to properly render a comprehensive initial treatment for Carpenter Ants. We use the patented "Wall Void Injection Process" exclusively performed by:
Lakeside Termite & Pest Control - Family owned & operated since 1973.
(Listed in order of priority or importance)
WALL VOID INJECTION PROCESS (DRILL AND TREAT)
At the exterior of the home, at approximately waist level, a series of 1/8 inch holes are drilled into the wall voids, approximately 18 inches apart. These wall void areas are then injected/treated with high pressure equipment, using a special four-way lateral injection tip. The objective is to treat the interior of the wall voids in order to prevent the Ants from using these void areas as means of access to other areas of the home. Please know that this is performed with the greatest of care to ensure that the holes will not be noticeable. (Note: homes with a vertical style siding may require caulking and/or painting to touch up these areas. This can be provided at an additional fee.)
TREATMENT OF VAULTED CEILING AND ATTIC AREAS:
Vaulted ceilings may require additional services such as "drilling and treating" into tongue and groove areas, and/or related void areas. Construction of vaulted ceilings varies, and as such, the treatment will vary, depending upon construction methods encountered. In this case, extra charges may apply. Attic areas will be "dusted" using Boric Acid Dust, and/or Timbor (a Borate powder). This treatment will also overlap onto a number of other pest problems (e.g. silverfish, firebrats, etc.).
CRAWL SPACE AND BASEMENT AREAS:
Homes with Basements that are un-finished are treated by making a direct application to the sill-plate and adjacent areas (above the foundation wall). Crawl Space constructed homes will be treated using a ULV machine to "fog" the crawl area below, or dusted using a boric acid or borate dust as mentioned above. NOTE: Should the homeowner choose to have a more thorough treatment rendered to the crawl area (e.g. a direct application on the sill-plate and adjacent areas), this can be done for an additional fee. Factors include the absence or presence of sub-floor insulation (if insulation is present it will need to be trimmed or folded back); the overall accessibility of the crawl area, etc. SUB-NOTE: If it has been over a year since your crawl area was last inspected, you may with to consider having a "Full Inspection" of this area performed. Benefits include peace of mind in knowing if other problems are present (e.g. Rot, Termites, Leaks or other conditions conducive to pests).
EXTERIOR OF HOME AND PERIMETER AREAS:
This includes treating under the Eave-line, around Windows and Doors, base of the Siding, the Foundation Wall, as well as Perimeter areas, 10 to 12 feet out (or more) into the Bark-dust, Bedding, Shrubbery and Lawn areas.
TREATMENT OF KITCHEN, BATHROOM AND UTILITY AREAS:
This consists of "drilling and injecting" (i.e. treating) into the false bottom areas of the cabinet voids (possible harborage areas) and treating the plumbing chase areas (wherever the plumbing lines pass through the wall). These areas are targeted due to the moisture and condensation available to Ants as well as other insects.
CRACK AND CREVICE TREATMENT:
This is done to all exterior doors and baseboards in areas of "high" Ant activity. This treatment acts as a secondary line of defense, in conjunction with the balance of the treatment procedures (see above). NOTE: Additional options include the treatment of all baseboard areas throughout the home, around window casings, wall junctions, ceiling junctions, etc. This option will overlap onto a host of other pests in addition to Carpenter Ants, and provide a dramatic reduction in the "Bug Population" at large.
Note: These are our basic guidelines - Each home is different, Treatment may vary.
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