Termites are not the only pests that threaten the integrity of your house. An infestation of carpenter ants nesting within your walls will also corrupt your home’s structural soundness. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood, they instead burrow their way through damp or decayed wood to create nests and tunnels. You will most likely find a nest of carpenter ants in hollow doors, wall voids, and insulation. If a colony of ants is not taken care of, they will reproduce at a rapid pace, leaving your walls filled with thousands of tiny pests.
Finding small piles of wood shavings mixed with insect parts and insulation near your walls, is a red flag that carpenter ants are present. If you don’t see any piles, but still suspect an invasion of ants, take a look at any high moisture areas. Basements, crawl spaces, and attics provide a perfect atmosphere for nests. When you spot a few ants rummaging around your home instead of killing them follow them, and with any luck they will lead you back to their colony.
Ridding your house of carpenter ants is the only solution to keeping your home’s integrity intact. Unfortunately, spraying the pests you see with over the counter insecticides has little effect. The key to liberating your home from ants is targeting their colony, which entails locating their nest. The extermination of carpenter ants is a complicated ordeal. Recruiting a professional to ensure the job gets done right the first time will not only ease your mind, but also save you money on costly repairs in the long run.
Once the extermination process is finished, there are a few steps you can take to prevent a future infestation.
- Find and repair any moisture problems in your home.
- Replace water damaged wood and wood previously infested with carpenter ants or termites.
- Trim trees or bushes, so branches do not touch your home.
- Rid your backyard of dead tree stumps.
- Do not rest fire wood against your home.
- Seal any holes in doors or your home’s foundation.
If carpenter ants have invaded your home, please contact us. Our professionals at Tiger Termite and Pest Control will create a customized treatment plan that will eradicate troublesome pests from your home, and give you the peace of mind you deserve.