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What Is A Carpenter Ant?
Carpenter ants are a specific type of ant that has six legs, two antennas, and three primary body parts. While some have a few reddish areas, most are black. These ants often travel in large groups, and they’ll remain invisible as they travel across the highway, yard, or walkway. Thanks to their powerful mandibles, they can easily chew through wood and other wooden structures. Once they’ve done that, they’ll be able to use the hole for nesting purposes. The size of the carpenter ant depends on the ant’s responsibility. The queen tends to be the largest with most queen carpenter ants reaching 5/8 inches in length.
As for worker carpenter ants, they may grow up to ½ an inch, but most are smaller.
How Do I Know If I Have Carpenter Ants?
It is pertinent to identify a problem as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the ants are going to continue reproducing and getting worsen. Thankfully, it won’t be too difficult to identify a potential problem. You’ll need to look for large, black ants around and in your home. In addition to this, you’ll want to look for the following.
Sawdust – Have you found piles and trails of sawdust around your home? There is a sign that you’re dealing with a carpenter ant infestation.
Sound – Place your ear against the wall and listen. Do you hear something moving around behind the paneling? It could be carpenter ants.
Spotting Ants With Wings – When you have carpenter ants in your home, you’ll likely find winged carpenter swarmers. These ants are responsible for foraging for food. When you find winged ants in your home, you know you have a serious problem. The colony is thriving so the ants are interested in building another colony elsewhere.
What Does My Home Have Carpenter Ants?
It’ll be difficult to know why your home has carpenter ants. Ultimately, it could be a number of issues. Nevertheless, most carpenter ant colonies are attracted to wood. They’ll develop colonies in decaying wood before eventually moving to solid wood. Ants want to be outside. If you’ve found them in your home, they’re likely searching for food. These determined insects will do whatever it takes to enter your home. They’ll enter your home through gaps in your door frames, windows frames, utility lines, and eaves. Either way, you have carpenter ants because there is a colony outside and they’re trying to find food.
Are Carpenter Ants Dangerous?
Despite what you might’ve seen on the big screen, carpenter ants are not dangerous. You won’t need to worry about these ants spreading dangerous diseases or biting you. Neither of those things will happen. Still, you can’t let them live in your home because they can cause severe structural damage. Getting rid of them as quickly as possible is highly recommended.
How Do I Remove Carpenter Ants From My Home?
Unfortunately, carpenter ants are not easy to remove from your property. They have several nests that are interlinked. You must treat all nests to get rid of the entire colony. Miss one or two and your problem will persist. Carpenter ants can recover from a failed extermination attempt very quickly. It is pertinent to choose extermination solutions that are reliable. Hiring a professional is the best way to deal with the problem you’re facing.
Can I Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants On My Own?
Should you try to get rid of carpenter ants on your own? What is the worst that could happen? While you might be a handy individual, it is not a good idea to tackle this problem yourself. Doing so could lead to various problems. For instance, you have to worry that you’re going to spend a lot of money on products that will not work. In addition to this, you have to remember that some pesticides are dangerous. Use them incorrectly and you could put your loved ones at risk. The risks are too great. Therefore, it is best to swallow your pride and hire a professional exterminator.
When Can You Start?
Call and schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. It generally takes us 24 to 48 hours for our exterminator to respond.
Is Your Treatment Safe?
We know that you want to get rid of those carpenter ants without causing more problems. We’ve assembled a comprehensive carpenter ant extermination plan to protect everyone involved. We follow strict guidelines to protect our clients, and we only use EPA-registered products. When using our services, you can guarantee that everyone is going to be safe. Don’t expose yourself to these dangerous pesticides. Let us handle the problem while reducing the risks.