What are Carpenter Ants?
Carpenter ants are an indigenous species of ant that are found everywhere. They make nests and galleries in wood, which is why they are a pest. Carpenter ants can do a lot of damage to your home if left untreated. These creatures are one of the most destructive creatures to homes, the carpenter ant is named because of its habit of destroying wood. Carpenter ants are reddish black ants with a single node between the thorax and abdomen. The workers are usually black or red and black, and range in size from 3/8 to half an inch in length. Although these pests are not as destructive as termites or wood beetles, consider if they began to nest a support beam for your roof or a weight-bearing wooden pillar to your home. Or what if they began nesting in your deck, think of what damage they can cause.
What Attracts Carpenter Ants to My Home?
Like any organism, carpenter ants need food and water to survive. They are especially attracted to damp wood. So, if you have leaky pipes, a wet or damp basement where wood can get wet and moldy. carpenter ants would love to get into that wood. Carpenter ants don’t always get into your home by chewing their way through. Sometimes they are brought in with used furniture, firewood, or other items.
How do I Know if I Have a Carpenter Ant Problem?
Some clues that may indicate you have a carpenter ant problem include things like:
- Spotting ants.
- Finding wings they have shed.
- Finding insect carcasses.
- Crackling or crunching sounds inside your walls.
- Visible damage to wood such as tunneling, blistering, grooves, and ruts on the wood surface.
- Sawdust like substance, or strange powdery substance beneath the holes and furrows where they have been chewing tunnels.
How Do I Get Rid of Carpenter Ants?
If you want to get rid of your ant problem, the best way is to call All-Natural Pest Elimination to come in and survey your home, assess your damage, and give you an estimate of the treatment. However, there are some things you can do to help keep them away.
- Fix leaky pipes and faucets.
- Clear any dead wood away from your home, keep areas where you have mulched away from your home.
- Look for areas of your home where wood is moist or getting moldy and fix the source of the moisture.
- Plant flora around your home because most insects do not like strong smells. If you plant flowers and other fragrant plants around your home, it helps keep ants and many other insects away from your home. Examples of these kinds of plants include tobacco plants, plants that produce essential oils, rosemary, thyme, sage, basil, lavender, and lilac, just to name a few. You can look up other insect-repelling plants online to see which plants will grow in your area.
Remember if you suspect you have a carpenter ant problem, call the professionals at All-Natural Pest Elimination at 877-662-2449 to help, so you can breathe easier knowing damaging and harmful insects have been eliminated form your home safely and effectively. Call All-Natural Pest Elimination today!