Warning Signs Carpenter Ants Leave Behind

03/27/2017


Carpenter Ants    Home Pest Control   
ant on bark

March is the month that carpenter ants can become active. One of the biggest problems with carpenter ants is that they can cause devastating destruction to all wooden parts of a home without detection, as they burrow their way through it to build their nests. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants do not eat the wood; rather they hollow it out by burrowing. Early detection is key to getting rid of these pests before they can do costly damage to your home.

Signs of carpenter ants:

  • Coarse sawdust trails can be seen near areas of constant moisture like around stored firewood. You may also see the sawdust trails next to foundations, along outside walls, in basements, or around plumbing. These are the areas you will most likely find their point of entry into your home.

  • Dry rustling sound that may get louder if their colony becomes disturbed. It could be a form of communication made by their mandibles. If you suspect an infestation, try tapping near the area and listen for this sound.

  • Hollow wood structural beams, walls, ceilings, floors, and even furniture can also be a sign. If you are seeing this sign, you are probably deep into a heavy infestation and damage has been done. Early detection to prevent this stage is best, otherwise, you could end up spending a lot of money on repairs and rebuilding, depending on how much of an infestation you have.

  • Scent trails are the pheromones that ants leave behind for other ants to follow. Carpenter ants leave a wide trail across smooth wood, unlike the termite that will leave trails of mud.

Ants, in general, are social, and their primary goal is to protect and care for their colony. They can grow in numbers rapidly and are extremely self-sustaining. It is necessary to use a professional pest control service to get rid of them.

If you aren’t sure if you have carpenter ants or termites, by sight carpenter ants have dark bodies and narrow waists, their antennae are bent, and the winged ones will have shorter back wings than in the front. 

In any case, a professional pest control service should be contacted to help eliminate the infestation. In the Maryland and Virginia area, American Pest has been providing services for over 90 years. We are proud to say that we have 100 expertly trained pest professionals waiting to help you will all of your pest control needs. We have also achieved the Angie’s List Super Service Award for 6 consecutive years for excellent customer service. Contact American Pest and ask about our Preferred Care plans.






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