Pest control Professionals are trained to find the nests, which commonly occur in wall and ceiling voids where moisture problems exist .Pest control services provide one time initial clean-outs and ongoing preventive maintenance programs to keep carpenter ants from returning and destroying the value of the home or commercial business building.
Carpenter ants are one of the most common and destructive pests. The ants nest in wood by burrowing into damp areas. They don’t care about the wood for food, they just excavate to make room to nest in the wood. Carpenter ants are most active after nightfall in the spring through early fall. The species of local carpenter is large and black with reddish legs, but we also have a species that is black and red in the middle.
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 themselves. However, it's entirely possible to have an ant problem and not realize it until major damage has been done.
Ants may find a way into your home even after taking these measures. An initial treatment with periodic follow-ups will help protect your 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.
Identification of Carpenter Ants:
Carpenter ants are very common and they love all different types wooden structures. The pests can be found inside and outside of the home. These ants are very attracted to wood. Especially wood that has been exposed to moisture. Carpenter ants tunnel and make nests in softwood, and although they love wood they don’t eat wood. Carpenter ants have to leave the wooden tunnels to hunt for food. Food consists of dead or living insects, food found in the home such as meat, sugar and sugary products, aphid honeydew, plant juices, and fats. All of this can be a high price to pay in damages to the home.
Carpenter Ants thrive on wooden areas such as porches, trees, verandas, steps, doors etc. Any of these areas that become moist are most vulnerable to Carpenter Ant attacks. It's a known fact that the wood-loving pests particularly love rotting wood. The worker ants can and will find entry routes by gnawing a clean tunnel which would be parallel to the wood grain wherever a crack or crevice exists. The ants chew on and discard the wood outside the tunnel. The chewed discarded wood is called shavings which resemble sawdust. This is a huge red flag indicator of nesting areas for Carpenter Ants. The nest can extend all the way into sound wood which is even more reason to avoid the high cost of damage carpenter ants can do.
Carpenter ant prevention:
- Prevent excessive moisture in wood.
- Possible food sources should be monitored.
- Do not store wood inside or close to the house for long periods of time.
- Any decaying wood found around the home should be removed.
- Remember to keep good sanitation habits.