Carpenter ants are the most destructive of the ant species. Much like termites they can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to a single home. If carpenter ants have been discovered within a home it is important that the homeowner reacts quickly and seeks out professional assistance to rid their home of these pests.
Carpenter Ant Identification
Carpenter ant is one of the largest species of ants in North America. They can range a little larger than ½ inches in length. They are mostly black in color however other species of carpenter ant color can vary from a reddish color to a yellow. The workers have a very large pair of mandibles. Carpenter ants will live inside as well as outside and typically in moist areas. They will also live in decaying or hollowed out wood. The workers will cut galleries, or rooms, for nesting grounds to provide passageways to move the eggs or larva to the nursery. Unlike termites where they actually feed on wood, carpenter ants do not. They use wooden structures to build their nest and prefer feeding on meat and sweet food. They will also feed on other insects. Carpenter ants aren’t just a problem because they cut galleries into wooden structures. They are also a worry as to how fast they can expand in one area. A single queen can lay 16 batches per year which isn’t too bad but a single queen can live up to 25 years and there are often more than one queen per colony.
How to Prevent Carpenter Ant Infestations & Nests in Your House
To control carpenter ants you first must locate their nest. Once the nest is found it will need to be chemically treated or removed. Carpenter ants require water, so they will be near a water source; typically leaky water pipes or outdoor water features. However they may even be within the home where they are most often found in areas with high moisture levels such as bathrooms, kitchen or laundry room in search of water. Maintaining water lines is key in preventing their return. It also helps to prevent an ant invasion by keeping food out of their reach. Carpenter ants need a water source as well as a food source. You must eliminate both. Make sure all food is properly sealed away where carpenter ants won’t find it.
Pest Inspections to Look for Signs of Carpenter Ants
If discovered early enough, treatment of carpenter ants can prevent any major structural damage. However that is why it is important to inspect your home often for signs of any pest and most especially the destructive kinds such as carpenter ants or termites. You can even use a professional pest inspector to regularly inspect and treat your property to prevent an intrusion and to confirm they have not yet invaded your home.
Carpenter Ant Control
Ants, along with any pest, needs to be kept in check. Exterminating Unlimited, Inc can help you maintain a pest control program to keep your home protected. If your home has become a nesting site for carpenter ants, contact us immediately and we can treat your home for these destructive pests. For all of your of your pest management needs, contact Exterminating Unlimited, Inc today