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Cobra Pest Control offers “Carpenter Ant Elimination” for much less than any other “Carpenter Ant Control Company” and gives a “One Year Guarantee”. Rob will not try to sell you a long time service contract that you do not need.

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This page will answer the questions: What are Carpenter Ants – What do Carpenter Ants look like? –  Do Carpenter Ants Bite? – What are the signs of me having Carpenter Ants? –  How did I get Carpenter Ants? – How can I Rid my house of Carpenter Ants? – Carpenter Ants Control Tips for your home. – What do other Companies charge? –  What does Cobra Pest Control charge for Carpenter Ants Control Services? –  Carpenter Ant Biology and Behavior.

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Rhode Island Carpenter Ant Exterminator Service

Whether you you see One Carpenter Ant or 50 in your house the hard part is finding the Nest. It could be in a wall or even outside. Cobra Pest Control will do a thorough Carpenter Ant Inspection to find the nest. 
Since Cobra Pest Control is a local one man operation and Rob Sullivan with over 28 years of “Ant Extermination Experience” who does all the work himself, “Ant Control” is done right the first time at a much better price and “Ant Guarantee”. Cobra Pest Control has no managers, technicians or secretaries to pay or other expenses that the bigger companies pay. This cost saving is passed on to the customer.


“My first thought was that Rob must be too good to be true.

I always do my research on any Company or service I use. This is just common sense. When I found Cobra Pest Control online I gave the company a call and Rob answered. Rob spent 30 minutes on the phone answering all of my many question and he seemed very knowledgeable. He even politely corrected me about carpenter ants eating wood (I thought they did). I was so impressed I set up an inspection and estimate. The price was very competitive, the work was outstanding and I haven't seen any ants or another bugs for that matter since Rob sprayed for me 4 months ago. Since then I have recommended him several times including to my aging mother who thought she had bed bugs and was prepared to pay a fortune. Rob identified the bug as carpet beetles, he then pulled the bed back and showed her the dust, hair and skin they feed on. And he vacuumed it all up and gave her advice and left. He didn't even charge her. Bottom line Rob is to good AND it is true”

Natalie Wainwright

North Scituate, RI
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Carpenter Ant Information
Biology and Behavior

What is a Carpenter Ant?

Carpenter Ant is a large ant that is very common in Rhode Island and the New England Area. They are usually black in color but can also be red. Carpenter Ant Colonies can be quite destructive while enlarging their nests. Carpenter Ants do not eat wood but they will excavate tunnels in the wood. These tunnels will be very clean and smooth unlike termites that would be filled with packed dirt.

What do Carpenter Ants look like?

Carpenter Ants range in color black, red (yes red) or some of both. They have 6 legs. 3 distinct body parts- head, thorax and abdomen, as are all ants. This is a great way to tell the difference between ants and termites. Sizes range from 1/4" to 5/8" easy to see antennae. Schedule a FREE Carpenter Ant Inspection

Do Carpenter Ants bite?

Not in the way some ants do. In all the years I have been an Exterminator (over 28 years) I have been covered in Carpenter Ants before and I have only been bitten once and that was from a very big ant trapped between my skin and shirt. If you need a Carpenter Ant Exterminator, in Providence, Newport and everywhere in between, Cobra Pest Control is the Company.

What are the signs of me having Carpenter Ants?

The most common would be the Ants themselves. Usually If you are only seeing 1 or 2 occasionally then the nest is probably outside. If its a lot at a time or in the same general area then you probably do have a nest close. Sawdust and unexplained wood cravings is a sign. Another is actually noises of scrapping or crinkling.

How did I get Carpenter Ants?

Carpenter Ants are everywhere and are constantly foraging for food which is the same things as any other ant (NO Carpenter Ants do not eat wood). Carpenter Ants can enter your home from very small openings. They can crawl across a power line or tree branch and enter from the attic. People can go years before they realize they have Carpenter Ants especially if there is an available food source away from the family.

How can I rid my house of Carpenter Ants?

There is a lot of Over the Counter Pesticides out there. They are half way decent but require a lot of use (I don't care that the label says 6 month control, nothing over the counter lasts that long. Most pesticides you can get repel more that kill so treat the exterior foundation. And please read the label. Keep it safe. More is NOT better.

What does Carpenter Ant Service Cost?

It depends on the size of the home, but it shouldn't cost more than any other Insect treatment. Some Pest Control Companies charge more simply because you can find Carpenter Ant Damage. Do your research and ask questions.

Carpenter Ants Biology and Behavior

Rhode Island Carpenter Ants vary in size and color but are usually large (1/4-5/8 inch) and blackish. Occasionally, swarms of winged carpenter ant reproductives will emerge inside a home. Carpenter Ant Swarms usually occur in the spring and are a sure sign that a colony is nesting somewhere inside the structure. Besides being objectionable by their presence, Carpenter Ants Damage Wood by hollowing it out for nesting. They excavate galleries in wood which have a smooth, sandpapered appearance. Wood which has been damaged by carpenter ants contains no mud-like material, as is the case with termites. Shredded fragments of wood, similar in appearance to coarse sawdust, are ejected from the galleries through preexisting cracks or slits made by the ants. When such accumulations are found sometimes containing dead ants and bits of insects which the carpenter ants have eaten, it's a good indication that a carpenter ant nest is nearby. Oftentimes, however, the excavated sawdust remains hidden behind a wall or in some other concealed area. Carpenter Ants nest in both moist and dry wood, but prefer wood which is moist. Consequently, the nests are more likely to be found in wood dampened by water leaks, such as around sinks, bathtubs, poorly sealed windows/ door frames, roof leaks and poorly flashed chimneys. Nests are especially common in moist, hollow spaces such as the wall void behind a dishwasher, or in a hollow porch column. There will often be no external signs of damage. Carpenter Ants may establish nests in a number of different locations. It is important to realize that these locations can be either inside or outside the structure. Carpenter Ants actually construct two different kinds of nests; parent colonies which, when mature, contain an egg-laying queen, brood and 2000 or more worker ants, and satellite colonies which may have large numbers of worker ants but no queen, eggs or young larvae. The carpenter ants inside a home may have originated from the parent colony or from one or more satellite nests. For example, the ants may be coming from the parent nest located outdoors in a tree stump, landscape timber or woodpile, or from one or more satellite nests hidden behind a wall in the kitchen or bathroom, or perhaps from wood dampened by a roof leak in the attic. The extent and potential damage to a home depends on how many nests are actually present within the structure, and how long the infestation has been active. Although large carpenter ant colonies are capable of causing structural damage, the damage is not normally as serious as that from termites. In some cases, the damage may be relatively insignificant, but this can only be determined by locating and exposing the nest area. ​

Carpenter Ant Control Tips for your home

  • Keep mulch to a minimum. When mulch is delivered make sure there is no ants with it before you spread it.
  • Carpenter ants need moisture. Keep water away from the house. Keep the basement and attic dry.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
  • Seal all cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house.
  • Don't store firewood or other items against the house.
  • Check your attic, basement and all unfinished areas of your home with a flashlight periodically.
  • These tips will help but remember Carpenter Ants can be sneaky.
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