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What Is The Carpenter Ant?
The carpenter ant is a specific type of any with six legs, two antennae, and three main body parts. As far as their color goes, they are mainly black with some reddish areas. When you see these ants, you’ll likely see them traveling in packs. And, they carry this type of mentality with them everywhere they go. This is one of the things that make them such a formidable enemy. They work together for the betterment of the colony. They forage together, travel together, eat together, and do virtually everything together.
They have extremely strong mandibles that give them the ability to maul through wood sources. The worker ants might only be ½ inch in length with the queen being 5/8 inches, but they can do immense amounts of damage over a short period of time. These are just a few of the things you’ll need to know about these critters if you want to successfully remove and keep them out of the home.
The Early Warning Signs Of Carpenter Ants
Here are some things you’ll want to keep an eye out for. These things will help detect early infestations. The earlier you spot an infestation, the much better off you will be. Keep an eye out for these things:
Sight: keep an eye out for large black ants. They’ll likely be foraging in, on, and around the property. They’ll be easy to spot, as you likely won’t just see one
Sawdust Trails: With their powerful and strong mandibles, these critters can chew right through wood products. Interestingly enough, they do not eat the wood they tunnel into, leaving sawdust trails behind
Sound: If you place your ear on a nearby wall, you’ll hear carpenter ants in there crawling around. If they are in there
Winged Ants: Ants typically build their primary colonies outside, underground. From there, they’ll build complex tunnels leading in and out of the home. However, they also build secondary colonies in wood sources in the home. This is something they do when their primary colonies reach max size. It will be the winged ants that venture from the primary colony and seek a suitable location for a secondary colony. When they do this, you’ll see winged ants flying around looking for locations
Why Do People Have Carpenter Ants?
If you have ants in the home, it’s because they are either seeking wood, water, or shelter. These are the three essential things these critters need to survive, much like any living thing. While these ants build colonies outside and tunnel indoors, they are not strangers to entering the home through eaves, door frames, windows frames, plumbing, and utility lines.
Are Carpenter Ants Dangerous?
Carpenter ants aren’t really known to bite, sting, or transmit disease. They will and can do immense amounts of damage to your structural integrity. That being said, they will typically burrow into weathered wood before moving on to sound wood, but either way, they could damage your structure to the point where it could fall down.
How Does One Eliminate Carpenter Ants?
Carpenter ants are extremely hard to eliminate. This is because they build tunnels outside the home, allowing them to live and thrive far away from their foraging area. Not only this, but they build complex tunneling systems leading in and out of the home. This means they’ll have multiple entrances and exits in and out of their home when needed. This is why elimination usually requires tricking one of the members into taking poison back to the colony, where it will poison and infect the rest of the members
Can I Rid My Property Of Carpenter Ants?
Many people have tried to eliminate ants on their own. They might have even had some success, but as pest management professionals, we can tell you that you will not likely fully eliminate your problem on your own. This is because ants are such a formidable opponent. With multiple entrances and exits in and out of the home and miles of tunnel to their colony, they can easily escape your property. While tricking one of the ants into tracking poison back to the colony is easy enough, it comes down to a matter of using the right pesticides and chemicals.
Unfortunately, most of the over-the-counter chemicals just aren’t as effective. This is because they don’t contain all the necessary ingredients. Most of the ingredients needed to successfully kill ants are illegal to anyone without an EPA certification. Anyone handling or distributing these chemicals without the proper licensing is doing so illegally. Just something you’ll want to keep in mind when choosing a pest management provider.
When Can You Get Here?
Given our unique abilities and our understanding of the pest industry, we possess the ability to handle just about any ant infestation. Combine this with the fact that we also handle a number of other pest infestations, and it should be easy to see how we stay busy all the time. That being said, we are more than willing to help anyone in need. Whether you have an emergency situation or you just want to get an in-home consultation, you can give us a call and we’ll get someone out to the property immediately. For emergency situations, we can have someone out at the property immediately. For other situations, it’ll be within 24 to 48 hours after you make that initial call before we can get someone out to the property.