Spring Pests: Carpenter AntsIn Spring on April 22, 2016 at 3:25 pm | Written by admin
Carpenter ants are a common Midwest pest. They are black (some are black and red) and about 1/4 – 1/2 inch long. Carpenter ants are attracted to damp, moist areas like a dishwasher or sink. These ants are differing from termites in that they do not eat wood, instead they tunnel through wood to build nests. Carpenter ant swarms are common in the spring and a sign that a colony may be nesting in your home. If you see a swarm of carpenter ants, call pest control immediately to safely remove them from your home. Though, it should be noted that spotting a few carpenter ants does not necessarily mean there is an infestation in your home. These ants may forage for food very far from their colonies.
Signs of Carpenter Ant Damage
Carpenter ants are rarely found in dry wood, so look for damage in areas that have damp, wet, or damaged wood first. These ants like to colonize in structural wood like walls of a home or hollow doors. They can enter from any unsealed part of the home like an attic, cracks in foundation or siding, or pipes.
Carpenter ants will leave piles of wood shavings near wood objects when the infestation is large enough, though you may not see these wood shavings if they are infesting in the inner walls of your home. In addition, you may be able to hear rustling/scratching sounds in the walls of your home where the ants are working to tunnel through wood. If you spot many large, winged ants emerging from your home, it is nearly guaranteed that there in an infestation of carpenter ants in your home. The large, flying ants can usually be spotted in the spring.
The damage caused by carpenter ants depends on how large the infestation is and how long the infestation has existed. They are not a pest to mess with so be sure to call pest control immediately after identifying carpenter ants in your home.Comment »