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 or request an estimate online for FREE. Our ant control experts who will provide a no-obligation treatment estimate.
If you're curious about carpenter ant infestations, how it happens and how they reproduce, you should try to understand the very structured life cycle of carpenter ants. A colony has one wingless queen and many sterile, wingless, female workers. It also has white, legless larvae and, at certain times, winged females and males.
Carpenter ant colonies, like other ants, replicate by sending out winged males and winged queens to find a new home to set up housekeeping. A colony does not usually produce winged reproductives until it is several years old and has about 2,000 to 3,000 workers.
Approximately 200 to 400 winged ants develop in the summer, remain in the nest through the winter, and leave the nest the following spring or early summer. The ants hibernate (are inactive) during the winter. They will be active, however, if a nest is located in a heated portion of a building – for example, your home!
Carpenter ant reproductives emerge from the colonies on warm days in the late spring and early summer. Mating occurs during a brief flight, after which the male dies. The female newly crowned queen removes her wings and searches for a suitable home, usually located in a cavity in the soft, moist, decaying wood of a hollow tree, stump, or log. She lays fifteen to twenty eggs, which produce the first brood of offspring. The first larvae later become the sterile female workers.
It takes about sixty days for new eggs to become full grown workers according to the carpenter ant life cycle. The workers of the first brood are small because they are nourished only from food reserves that are stored in the queen’s body. They are the small ones, the runts you may see around your home.
Once the workers become adults, the queen’s only function is to lay eggs. The adult workers forage for food, enlarge the nest, and feed and care for the queen and subsequent larvae. They eat dead insects and other small invertebrates. They also eat honeydew secreted by aphids and scale insects from the plants around your home. They regurgitate this food and feed the larvae and the queen. Workers of succeeding broods are larger because the foraging workers feed them.
Carpenter ants occupy a key role in the ecosystem by aiding in the decomposition of decaying trees. They help return that carbon source back to its basics, resulting in new growth. However, they can also infiltrate human habitable areas, nesting in moist, rotting wood and causing significant structural damage.
Learning how to identify and control carpenter ants is crucial in protecting your property from potential damage caused by infestation of carpenter ants. If you think you have carpenter ants in your home or office, you need to act quickly to implement a treatment plan that will not only rid you of the nesting home invading ants, but also prevent them from returning, and eliminating the risk altogether.
To protect your property from the ravages of carpenter ant infestation, contact Senske Pest Control at (877) 944-4007 for an inspection by our experts who will provide a no-obligation treatment estimate or request an estimate online for FREE.
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