What is a Carpenter Ant?
The predominant species of carpenter ants found in our area is relatively large and black in color; worker ants range in size from 1/8″ to more than a half-inch. Some species of carpenter ants may be smaller and may appear in other colors. All carpenter ants feature a single node between the middle portion of the body and the abdomen. Test your IQ with this Carpenter Ant Trivia Quiz.
Why Do I Have Them?
Most likely there is wood in your structure that is moist or rotting. Carpenter ants prefer to establish nests in decaying wood and then move into more sound wood; in most cases a nest located within your home. Main nests of carpenter ants are usually outdoors in a nearby tree and are dormant during the winter. But satellite nests of carpenter ants are frequently located inside of buildings and these colonies often begin to “wake up” and become active during January and February.
If you notice carpenter ants or the telltale “sawdust” sign of infestation in your home during the winter months, it’s a sure sign you have a satellite nest. Foraging carpenter ants will look for food inside your home and often gain entry through window frames, eaves and door frames.
Are Carpenter Ants Dangerous?
Carpenter ants are not known to bite but are considered a destructive pest because of their ability to cause structural damage. More structural damage is caused in the U.S. from carpenter ants each year than is caused by storm damage.
How Do I Get Rid of Carpenter Ants?
The most important and often most difficult part of getting rid of carpenter ants is locating the nest or nests. If the nest is not destroyed, carpenter ants are likely to return. Honestly, this is very hard for the average person to do. Contacting Plunkett’s Pest Control is the most effective way to ensure your property is kept free of carpenter ants.
How Soon Can You Get Here?
At Plunkett’s Pest Control, our goal is to help you in the shortest time possible, causing you the least inconvenience while eliminating your carpenter ant problems in the most cost-effective manner. We make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.
How Can I Prevent Them in the Future?
Trimming trees and bushes so that their branches do not touch or come into contact with your home can help prevent carpenter ant problems. Also correcting any moisture problems such as leaking roofs or a leaking chimney can deter these pests. If carpenter ants have infested your property, contact Plunkett’s Pest Control as soon as you spot them to prevent a larger carpenter ant infestation.