Carpenter ants may appear large, but they are sneaky and rarely seen up close. But, you can’t simply ignore these pests, and hope they go away. Given the proper time, space, and materials, these ants can cause a huge amount of damage.
If given enough time, these pests will cause extensive damage. Unlike the name suggests, these ants DON’T eat wood. Instead, they create tunnels and space for their nests inside the wood. They remove the wood as they go. A carpenter ant colony, if left long enough, will significantly weaken your structure. It’s even been reported that carpenter ants do as much damage to a home each year as natural disasters.
When carpenter ants are outside, they tend to live in stumps and rotting logs. Once inside your home, they prefer to make their nests in wood that has been exposed to high levels of moisture.
So what are the signs of a carpenter ant infestation in your home? Usually, you will find small piles of coarse sawdust or wood shavings around your home. This is a great indicator there’s an active nest nearby. If you have a large infestation, you’re a lot more likely to see the ants walking around your home.
You should always take preventative measures to curb the impact any pests could have on your home. A great method of prevention is to eliminate any sources of moisture from around your home. Replacing moisture-damaged or water-logged wood is a great place to start.
Secondly, take away the carpenter ants’ means of attack. Firewood piles should be kept far away from your home. Trimming back branches and bushes that are close to, or touching your home will also block off an easy access route. Then, seal off any points of entry around your home. These preventative measures will drastically reduce the potential of a carpenter ant, or other pest, infestation.
If you already have an infestation, it’s time to call in an expert, like us here at Catch-It Ltd. DIY carpenter ant treatments aren’t going to work. So contact us as soon as you spot them, to prevent a larger infestation from happening. Don’t let these pests ruin your home. Call us today to book in a site survey, and get advice on all areas of pest control.