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Carpenter ants are common in our area. These household pests are equipped with six legs and three primary body parts. They always have two antennas. Carpenter ants are primarily black but they have a few red areas on their bodies. These pests tend to travel in large groups. When they walk around the grass, walkways, and highways, they’ll move in large packs. They have strong mandibles that allow them to chew through wood surfaces. They do this so they can build nests in the wood items around your home. In general, these pests are either black, black, and red, or reddish-brown. A carpenter ant colony will feature several members, including worker ants and queen ants.
Worker ants can grow up to half an inch in length while queen ants typically reach 5/8ths of an inch.
Signs That Carpenter Ants Are In Your Home
Work swiftly to confirm that you have carpenter ants in your home. Use the signs before to find out whether these pests have invaded.
- Look For Them – If you have carpenter ants, you’re going to see large black ants around your home. They’ll be found foraging on and in your dwellings.
- Sawdust – Don’t forget that carpenter ants are going to chew through the wood around your home. When doing so, they’re going to leave tiny piles of sawdust on your property. It is often called frass.
- Listen For Them – In some cases, you may be able to hear these pests behind your walls. Place your ear against the drywall and listen for them.
- Ants With Wings – Carpenter ants produce swarmers. Therefore, you’re going to find carpenter ants with wings around your property. They’re often found searching for food. If you find carpenter ant swarmers on your property, the colony is thriving.
Reasons You Have Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are going to establish colonies on wood surfaces. They’ll start new colonies in decaying wood. Once the colony is well established, the carpenter ants will move to better wood surfaces. If you’ve found a nest on your property, there is a good chance that you’re dealing with a satellite colony. In other words, there is a larger colony nearby. Carpenter ants generally like being outside. They don’t want to enter homes unless they’re searching for food. However, it is important to understand that carpenter ants are always determined. If they want to enter your home, they’re going to find a way to do so. They can enter through door frames, plumbing pipes, utility lines, window frames, and gaps elsewhere.
Carpenter Ant Dangers
You’re likely concerned that the carpenter ants on your property are going to cause health hazards. Don’t worry too much because they’re not physically dangerous. They are not known to bite or spread diseases. The biggest problem is that these pests are going to damage your structure. Get rid of them or they’ll cause severe damage to your home.
Getting Rid Of Carpenter Ants
Unfortunately, dealing with carpenter ants won’t be easy. These pests move through intricate nests that are connected. There is a chance that you’ll miss one of these nests by using DIY methods. If this happens, you won’t eradicate the infestation but you might get rid of a few pests. Our company offers a highly effective carpenter ant program that can wipe out the pests for you. Our program includes inspections, treatments, and follow-up visits. Call us to learn more.
Doing It On Your Own
You’ll likely consider using DIY methods to kill the carpenter ants on your property. Although it might seem like a good option, it likely isn’t. There are several problems with DIY methods. First and foremost, you have to remember that many of these techniques are inefficient. They can help kill carpenter ants but you may not be able to use them to wipe out the infestation. You need more definite and safe methods. We recommend working with a professional. Doing so ensures that you don’t have to worry about the risks associated with misusing or incorrectly mixing these products.
When Can An Exterminator Arrive?
Contact our office immediately so we can begin helping you as soon as possible. We’ll try to get back to you within 48 hours or much sooner.
Our Carpenter Ant Solutions Are Safe
We understand how much you want to protect your loved ones. We want to help you achieve this goal. Our technicians are required to follow strict protocols to protect you every step of the way. They’ll use highly effective products to wipe out the pests in your home. In addition to this, we only use EPA-registered products because we want you to be safe. These products do not pose any risks to people or pets.
Preventing Carpenter Ants
Unfortunately, it won’t be easy to prevent carpenter ants from invading your property. They’re determined and won’t stop until they’re inside. When you find these pests on your property, contact us so we can get rid of them.