Carpenter ants are capable of doing serious damage to your home but thankfully, there are some signs to watch for so you can get a professional pest control as soon as possible. The sooner you treat your home, the fewer damage ants will do to it. If you aren’t sure whether you have carpenter ants or not, here are some things to look out for.
Learn to identify what carpenter ants look like. Because carpenter ants get most of their food from outside sources, you will not see many walking around your kitchen. This is the case even if your home is infested with them. What you want to look for is the shape of their bodies. They are the largest of ants that get into homes, and they are black just like pavement ants are. This can lead to confusion but put simply, pavement ants are small and carpenter ants are big. Carpenter ants have a single node between their thorax and abdomen. Another sign of carpenter ants is in their leavings. They do not eat wood like termites do, but they do leave behind piles of sawdust wherever they kick out holes to create tunnels. You are likely to find these piles in crawl spaces, basements, garages, and other secluded areas in the home.
Have you noticed flying ants on your window panes or on your doormats? Those are male and female ants that have been sent from mature nests to do one thing – to establish more nests. More nests mean more pests as well as more damage to your home. If you notice this behaviour, it’s time to contact your local pest control experts.
Many people try vacuuming to get rid of ants, but you will want to avoid this until your pest experts pay a visit. If you see ants in your home, contact pest control immediately. The ants will begin to do enough damage to cause doors and windows to stick and they will cause bulges in walls and slope to floors. Sadly, this is the worst stage that carpenter ant damage can get to. You can still get help, but the best course of action is to do something before the problem gets this bad. Carpenter ants are a difficult type of pest to control so it is very important to act as quickly as possible.
Burlington Pest Control has provided structural pest control and fumigation to commercial and residential properties for over thirty years. Our team of experienced technical associates is dedicated to professional and personalized service for each and every client. Contact Burlington Pest Control today to keep your home or business pest-free.
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