Carpenter Ants Are Becoming Active

Carpenter ants are often active even before springtime arrives, it might signal a major infestation. Here’s how to tell if your home has fallen victim to a carpenter ant infestation.

carpenter antsCarpenter ants are often mistaken for termites. They have a few similarities including their wood-destroying habits. Carpenter ants don’t eat wood though. They tunnel into to it for nesting. Wet or decaying wood is preferable since it’s easier to bore into so porches and decks often fall victim first. However, a weak spot in a window sill or doorjamb will also make a good access point. A hollow door could provide a nice nesting site. If you have a wood-burning fireplace and bring logs in from outside, you might be inviting carpenter ants inside unwittingly.

Warm indoor air can create some confusion in carpenter ants. They are naturally programmed to swarm at a certain temperature and moisture level so that new colonies can begin. Indoor air tricks them into thinking it’s time for this annual mating and you end up with flying insects inside your home.

This brings about a whole new set of issues. You want the ants under control but pesticides and family don’t mix. Natural ant control might be the answer but how do you go about applying those methods? When it comes to ants, control is the answer and that often calls for professional help. You have to find the nest to eradicate the problem.

You might see signs of carpenter ant activity like wood shavings or dead insects but finding the nest is harder than you’d think. They can spread from a damp spot into dry wood and nests can extend far into the hard-to-reach areas of your home like the attic and crawlspace. These aren’t places you can access and examine easily. Carpenter ants will also build satellite nests so you could be fooled into treating an area only to find them doing ever greater damage elsewhere. A professional inspection and assessment will tell you if you just have a few foragers or if your home has an infestation.

If you see any signs of carpenter ants, regardless of the season, call in a pro to help you determine the best course of action.

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