Carpenter ants are the most destructive insects to Alaskan homes. Contrary to what many people think, carpenter ants don't actually eat wood; they use it to nest in, creating huge egg galleries within the wood. By doing so, they can damage a home or building to a point where structural repair is needed. A carpenter ant colony may contain a main nest and one or more "satellite nests." A satellite nest contains pupae, mature larvae, and workers. Ants in satellite nests are the ones that normally do structural damage to structures in Alaska. Indoor nests can remain active at a reduced rate during the winter, while workers continue to forage for food and water. Infestations in houses can grow fast and cause a tremendous amount of damage to your home or business.
Below are examples of wood damage caused by carpenter ants.
Our pest control products utilize an advanced "undetectable" technology inside your home to eliminate ants quickly and completely. Over-the-counter sprays and ant repellents can cause ants to separate from their main nest, making matters even worse as they will actually start new colonies. This is called "budding." That's why we use an advanced, undetectable treatment applied outside your home or business where ants live. Ants never know it is there so they can't react to it or avoid it. Instead, they pick it up on their bodies and take it home with them, where they then spread it to all the other ants in the colony, killing the whole nest - guaranteed.
We use insecticides that utilize a process where the product transfers from one individual to another, affecting the entire population of ants. Even if an ant never makes direct contact with the pesticide or the treated area, we can get them. When ants contact our products, they carry it on their bodies and pass it on to any ants they subsequently come into contact with. Those ants pass it on to more ants, who continue the process of transferring it throughout the nest.
Our ant gel (and Arena's) contains a unique active ingredient that is the only member of its class of chemistry, the oxadiazines, so it performs like no other insecticide. Based on its excellent environmental and toxicological profile, this new technology from DuPont Professional Products is in a select group of insecticides to receive reduced-risk classification under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Reduced-Risk Program.
This new ant gel is labeled by the EPA as being a "reduced risk pesticide."
- It has a very new and unique mode of action.
- These pesticides work through metabolic activation - that means the insects' own internal enzymes change the molecular structure and attributes of the compound into a more potent form of insecticide.
- These products are used at very low levels often, making these some of the most effective and safe choices in pesticides you can make.