Evergreen Pest Control - Highly efective, non-toxic, eco-friendly pest control

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my family have to leave the house like with pesticide applications?
No, everyone and everything can stay, including goldfish, pets and children. We only use non-toxic and truly safe materials for carpenter ant control, so even people with a compromised immune system, the elderly, children and pets do not need to leave the house for any length of time.

Interior carpenter ant nest above a door. You can see the ant pupae in the background (light brown color)

Can I really do this myself?

I have heard that carpenter ant removal is difficult if the nest is not found and treated. Yes, you can do this yourself. Carpenter ant control is considered difficult for three reasons:

1. Getting at them: Some are hiding in the nest; some are out foraging, so it�s impossible to control them with one application.
2. You are dealing with two nests, one inside the building (satellite colony) and one outside (parent colony). Conventional pesticide applications will often only kill the foraging ants, but leave the nest with the queen and many workers intact. You will temporarily see fewer ants until the applied poison disperses and the ants resume their normal activities. When wall treatments are done, the colony may just pack up and move to a different location in the house.
3. The risk of reinfestation.  The exterior main carpenter ant nest can remember your house for up to three years, so reinfestations are likely.

For all these reasons, carpenter ant control takes time, regardless of which treatment is chosen. And since you are stuck with repeat treatment, you may as well choose a non-toxic approach. If you are aware of these issues, then carpenter ant control is possible and quite simple.

If you know where the ant nest is and want to remove it, go ahead. There is often some moisture problem before the ants move in. If that wood, drywall and/or insulation need replacing anyways,  you can try to remove the nest at the same time.

You can vacuum up the ants that you will inevitably see. Especially try to get rid of any ant bigger then � inch (possibly a queen) with or without wings. You still run the risk of reinfestation, even with the removal of the ant nest in the home, because of the exterior main nest.
How long does it take before the ants are gone?
This depends on the size of your colony. Often by the time people can�t ignore the ants anymore, they have a colony that is two to three years old in the house. It may take a while to completely get rid of the inside colony, but there are things you can do so you wont see the ants anymore.
Do the Carpenter ants do any damage?
Carpenter ants can do damage over time. They only use the wood to live in, not to feed on. Therefore, they destroy the wood over a period of time, certainly not as rapidly as termites. A carpenter ant nest in the home indicates some moisture damage to the wood. You will want to investigate this as well. It could be a previously leaking roof, for example. In my report I list all possibilities that I ever found.

Sometimes the water damage is benign and you don�t have to fix anything. Sometimes it can create mold, if the moisture gets trapped and building materials can�t dry out fast enough.

Mold and mold spores can be dangerous to breath over time and if your health is fragile, you will want to investigate this. The source of the water damage has to be stopped and then mold should be removed. This is especially important for drywall and carpets, as the mold can be all the way through and not only on the surface.

Borax helps to prevent mold growth. You can find it in the detergent aisle of your grocery store. Carpenter ants also love to tunnel through styrofoam insulation which could affect the R-value of this insulation over time.
What if it doesn't work for me?
Hasn't happened yet. If for some reason you experience difficulties, I will work with you until your carpenter ant problem is solved, or any other ant problem in the house. Please note that the removal process takes longer during cool weather as the ants are less active.