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Learning About Carpenter Ants
What are carpenter ants? Although you’ve seen a few ants during your life, you may not know what they are. You don’t fully understand them. The carpenter ant is a type of ant that has two antennas, six legs, and three body parts. Although they’re primarily black, most carpenter ants have some reddish spots. Carpenter ants tend to travel together in large groups across highways, yards, and pathways. While they’re traveling in large groups, you may not realize it. Thanks to their strong mandibles, carpenter ants can chew through wood and wooden items to build nests. Carpenter ant colonies include workers, queens, kings, and soldiers.
The worker ants grow up to half an inch while queen carpenter ants can reach 5/8ths of an inch in length.
Identifying Carpenter Ant Infestations
Be sure to use the following tips to identify a carpenter ant infestation.
Look Around – First, you should look for carpenter ants. Do you see large, black ants crawling through your home or backyard area? If so, you likely have carpenter ants.
Sawdust – Don’t forget to check your home for sawdust. Since they chew wood, they will leave sawdust trails.
Listen Carefully – Listen to your walls carefully. If you hear rustling behind the drywall, you likely have a carpenter ant infestation.
Winged – You may see winged carpenter ants. These ants are swarmers, and they’re looking for food or storage. They’re living in a well-established colony and they’re interested in building a new colony elsewhere.
Why Are Carpenter Ants In My Home?
Carpenter ants build colonies in wood. Eventually, the wood will begin to decay and the ants will move to new wood. If you find a carpenter ant nest in your home, the ants likely have another nest outside. You’re dealing with a satellite colony. The larger colony outside needs to be dealt with as well. When they’re in your home, you know they’re searching for food. These pests are determined and stubborn so they won’t stop until they find a way to get into your home. They can enter your home through gaps around your door, window, and utility lines.
Are Carpenter Ants Dangerous?
Although carpenter ants create problems for homeowners, you can rest assured knowing they’re not dangerous. They won’t bite you or your loved ones, and they won’t transmit dangerous diseases. Your primary concern should be your home. If left untreated, the carpenter ant infestation will destroy your property rapidly.
Getting Rid Of Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants live in colonies attached to many nests. Those nests are interlinked. To fix the problem at hand, it is pertinent to treat every nest. Miss one and the ant colony will roar back to life and continue turning your life upside down. Our carpenter ant program can take care of the problem without putting your loved ones at risk. Our program offers inspections, treatments, and follow-up visits to guarantee success.
Can I Eliminate Carpenter Ants Myself?
You can find many DIY treatments for carpenter ants, but there are a few problems with these techniques. First and foremost, you need to make sure that you treat each carpenter ant nest. If you miss one, the problem will persist. In addition to this, you have to worry about exposing yourself to dangerous chemicals. If you don’t want to take these risks, we recommend working with us. Our company offers comprehensive pest control solutions, and we can get rid of carpenter ants.
When Can You Start?
We’re ready to take care of this problem for you. Contact us and schedule an appointment. We’ll reach your home in 24 to 48 hours.
Is Your Carpenter Ant Treatment Safe?
Our company works hard to guarantee your safety. We make our exterminators follow strict protocols when using products designed for pest control purposes. We’ll make sure that they do not pose a health hazard to you or your loved ones. The chemicals we use have been registered with the EPA. Plus, our skilled exterminators will work diligently to keep you safe.
Preventing Carpenter Ant Infestations
Ultimately, preventing carpenter ants from entering your home won’t be easy. However, you should seal your home completely to stop them from entering. Deal with any cracks and holes you find and you might be able to keep your home free of pests.