If you are a homeowner you most likely know of the issues termites can cause, but how much do you know about the damage that carpenter ants can do? The main difference between these two pests is that termites actually eat the wood while carpenter ants only chew tunnels in the wood. They do this to advance their colony and that can mean many tunnels throughout the wood in your home. Over time, the carpenter ant tunnels can create serious structural problems in your home. So what can you do to get rid of carpenter ants?
Carpenter ants don’t spend all of their time chewing through the wood of your home though; they spend a lot of time out scouting for food in your pantry and doing additional damage in your home. They will chew through packages to get to the food inside or ruin already-opened foods so you are forced to throw everything out.
Carpenter Ant Difficulties
One of the biggest issues homeowners have with carpenter ants is being able to get rid of them all. Instead of calling in a professional ant pest control company, people will attempt to take care of the ants on their own by putting out ant baits and other traps, hoping the ants will eat it and/or carry it back to the colony. Unfortunately, this often does not work and, after months of thinking (hoping) you have solved the problem, you are still seeing ants feeding on the bait or around your home.
Even if you do not see any ants, you really do not know whether the colony is gone, because you do not know exactly where it is. It could be that the ants abandoned the bait and went after a different food source. Or, you may not have put the traps in the right places, have had enough traps or have empty traps, leaving the ants to look for food elsewhere.
Fixing Your Carpenter Ant Problem
Getting rid of carpenter ants needs to be handled by a professional ant pest control company to ensure that the problem is fixed once and for all. A carpenter ant removal company like Ransford will do everything possible to ensure that carpenter ants are eliminated, as well as let you know where the ants may be getting into your home. This allows you to seal or block cracks, vents, and other outside areas to keep your home free of ants and other pests.
For more information on carpenter ant pest control, contact Ransford Pest today.