Have you had problems getting rid of carpenter ants? Maybe you've seen a couple of large ants on the kitchen counter that could haul off the sugar bowl or a banana. And when you were lying in bed last night and all was calm, there was a scratching sound like fingernails scratching on the wallboard behind your head. Below your tongue and groove vaulted ceiling you find some wood shavings like a coarse saw left them behind.
These are all symptoms of the potentially destructive carpenter ant, and you'll likely need carpenter ant control services in order to get rid of them.
Carpenter ants range in size from 1/4 inch to full inch long, and can be all black or black with a red section of their body. In their natural habitat carpenter ants aid in the decomposition of dead, decaying trees, normally nesting in logs, stumps and hollow trees.
However, the large, dark-colored workers often invade homes in search of food. These ants seldom tunnel into dry, sound wood, but usually excavate moist, rotting wood and other soft materials (such as foamed plastic insulation board) to make satellite nests. Homes built in wooded areas are especially subject to infestation.
Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants don't actually eat wood! Instead, they hollow out spaces in wood to live in, pushing the shredded wood they excavate out through cracks and holes in the timber.
Carpenter ants eat dead insects and other small invertebrates, as well as scale insects from plants outside your home and the honeydew secreted by aphids. Back at the nest they regurgitate their food to feed the larvae and the queen. Workers from a new colony start out small, but succeeding broods get larger because the foraging workers feed them. It's easy to see why carpenter ants might like to live in your home: there's plenty of food and water nearby!
The secret to getting a carpenter ant infestation under control is to eliminate the environmental factors attracting them to your home, as well as eliminating the ants themselves. Again, they prefer their outdoor habitat where they play a vital role in recycling old rotten wood.
Not as much as you might think. If you have carpenter ants, we will have to do an intensive service to locate and eliminate the nests in your home. Then, we will keep them out with routine service that will guarantee you to be carpenter ant free!
To protect your property from the potentially destructive carpenter ant infestation, contact Senske Pest Control at (877) 944-4007 for an inspection. Our pest control experts who will provide a no-obligation treatment estimate.