Carpenter ants get their name because they build their nests in wood. This pest can cause significant damage to your house.
Carpenter ants build nests anywhere they can find water and moldy or damp wood, such as tree stumps, firewood or in the plants around your house. Carpenter ants also build nests inside, usually entering buildings through wet, damaged wood, although it isn’t uncommon for them to adapt to drier environments. Carpenter ants don’t carry disease, but when building a nest inside a home, Carpenter ants dig smooth tunnels inside the wood. These tunnels weaken the wood and potentially damage the wood that keeps the house standing. This kind of damage can be very expensive to fix.
What Are Carpenter Ants?
Carpenter ant infestation is a widespread problem in most of the US. With their strong mandibles, they can excavate wood to establish and expand their nests. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood for food. Carpenter ants are commonly found in black, red, or brown color or red-and-black color. Like other pests, carpenter ants gain entry to your home or office through eaves, door frames, and window frames. They can also slip in through small openings in the plumbing and utility lines around your home.
About Carpenter Ants
- Carpenter ants generally infest wood that has already been damaged by water.
- They come from colonies that naturally exist outdoors.
- Since carpenter ants do not bite, they are not dangerous to your health.
- The real threat with carpenter ant infestation is that they damage the wood and can weaken the structural integrity of your property.
- You can notice their presence easily from the piles of wood debris and dead insects underneath their nests. You can even spot a few of them crawling to and fro in your property.
- Eliminate standing water. Pests, such as ants, mosquitoes and termites, are attracted to moisture.
- Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home.
- Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home.
- Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.
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