Carpenter ants nest in wood by burrowing into damp areas. The ants don’t care about the wood for food, but just excavate to make room to nest in the wood. Carpenter ants are most active after nightfall in Spring through early Fall.
The reproducing carpenter ants have wings, much like termites. Colonies, which can contain up to 10,000 ants divided among numerous nests, are composed of a main nest housing the queen and multiple satellite nests.
Signs of a carpenter ant infestation may include sawdust, rustling sounds in the walls, tunnels and galleries in wood structures, and trails of the ants. However, it's entirely possible to have an ant problem and not realize it until major damage has been done.
Prevention of carpenter ant infestation:
Frequent inspection of wooden structures for moisture or rot. Remove piles of leaves from around foundations and keep trees trimmed away from the house. Make sure that any openings where pipes or wires enter the structure of the house are tightly sealed. Caulk any cracks in foundations. Also, be sure to fix leaky plumbing or gutters as soon as possible to keep wood dry and inhospitable to the ants.
Damp weather is ideal for carpenter ants:
Ants may find a way into the home even after taking these measures. An initial treatment with periodic follow-ups will help protect the home and provide a much needed barrier against carpenter ant infestation. Treating before the ants invade is much more economical than waiting until there is a full-blown colony creating structural damage.
Carpenter ant control
If the owner or tenant is currently battling a carpenter ant infestation EHS Pest can locate and treat the main colony and satellite colonies. The only way to fully destroy an ant infestation is to eliminate each nest and the main colony. Otherwise, ants from the main colony will re-colonize areas that have been previously cleared. Carpenter ants are typically eliminated by injecting products into the wall voids and applying a perimeter barrier treatment to the exterior base of the structure. In already infested homes, treating the foundations is crucial in carpenter ant control.
Carpenter ants cause damage to homes
The ants are the most commonly encountered wood destroying insects. The pests are responsible for damage to thousands of homes each year. The damage can be limited to a fence post or it can be extensive, costing tens of thousands of dollars to repair one house. Therefore, it is important to protect homes and other structures from these destructive pests through a Pest Control company.
Where carpenter ants can be located
Importantly, carpenter ants only rarely traverse through the interior of a structure. Unfortunately, people may think there is not a problem because of not seeing the ants inside but carpenter ants nest in wall voids and other structural framing and forage outdoors for food. This leaves many people with a false sense of security, thinking there is not an infestation problem. But the carpenter ants continue to thrive within the walls and farming causing destruction over time. Carpenter Ants may cause havoc on homes or businesses.
For more information, contact EHS Pest Control in Norwood.