Why Is It Difficult To Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants?
Want to get rid of carpenter ants? At Priority Pest Services, we commonly get asked what those big, black ants are that keep coming back and how to get rid of them. This question is in reference to the carpenter ant. Carpenter ants can vary in color and size but are commonly blackish in color and ¼ to ½ inch in length.
Carpenter ants can be one of the most difficult ant infestations to control because of their behavior. They can establish nests in several locations off a parent colony and these satellite locations can number more than 2000 worker ants.
The carpenter ant nests can be in the ground in your yard, interior walls, in wood piles, in your neighbor’s yard, or beneath your home. The extensive spread and number of nests can be small or massive. This is why it is so important to contact the pest control experts at Priority Pest Services.
Those ants are not king of the hill! Instead, you are “King of the Ant Hill” with Priority Pest on your side. Give us a call today at (757) 204-4523 to schedule an appointment for a free home inspection!
Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants The Right Way
Similar to termite swarms, carpenter ants usually swarm in the early spring warm weather. Winged carpenter ants are usually much larger than winged termites and they have two sets of different length wings and straight antenna. Evidence of carpenter ants will be small piles or shavings of wood that appear similar to sawdust.
In comparison, evidence of termites typically includes a mud-like material in the wood shavings. Many times, especially in the stages of an early infestation, there may be no evidence visible as the wood dust can be hidden behind the walls of your home, or in some less accessible area, like a crawlspace or attic.
At Priority Pest Services, we offer free inspections for your home, including the crawlspaces and attic. We get rid of carpenter ants the right way. Give us a call today at (757) 204-4523 to schedule an appointment!
Carpenter ants will establish nests near an ample water source. They prefer damp wood, for example, from a leaky toilet or leak in the roof. They can make their nests in dry wood, too, but commonly like a bit of dampness. Carpenter ants damage the wood structures of your home with intentions to carve out a cozy nesting spot.
This is not a pest you want crawling around in your walls, especially when you cannot see what they are doing. What they are doing in your walls is never good. Usually, carpenter ants do not cause damage as extensive as the level that can be caused by termites, yet this truly depends on how large the ant infestation is and where the nests are located. The only way to determine the true extent of damage is to fully expose the nest areas and visually access the situation.
Priority Pest Services Knows How To Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants
The mistake a lot of homeowners make when they encounter any type of ant infestation in the home is to spray them with pesticide. Most pesticide will kill the ants on contact but it does not help you find the nest. Instead, the trick is to follow them to their hiding spots to uncover their nests.
You need to find the nests to get rid of carpenter ants. This is why it is crucial to contact a professional exterminator experienced in how to find where the ants are coming from and how to treat and prevent them from returning.
Depending on the nest locations, treatment of these areas may be simple, or problematic. Our highly skilled and licensed pest control technicians at Priority Pest Services know how to do a proper inspection and assessment of your pest infestation. We have the skills, training and proper equipment to help you get rid of carpenter ants. Contact us today at (757) 204-4523 to schedule your Free Home Inspection!