Having ants in your home may seem like a nuisance, but it can actually be a serious problem, especially if those ants happen to be carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are pretty talented wood destroyers! They will burrow into your wood and hollow it out to make room for their nests and their large colonies. Once inside your walls and the wood in your home, they will then come into your home to forage for food. Not only are they destroying your home’s structure but they are contaminating your food supply! Talk about an obnoxious pest!
Think you have carpenter ants? Here’s how to tell:
Carpenter ants are large black ants, typically. Sometimes they are reddish black, or a combination of red and black, but their size is usually what gives them away. They are approximately 5/8th of an inch in length. They often leave behind a pile of frass when they burrow into the wood in your home. Frass is just a fancy word for the sawdust piles you may see near the wood.
What damages are caused by carpenter ants?
Some people compare carpenter ants to termites; they both destroy wood, but for different reasons. Termites ingest the wood that they destroy- wood is what they feed their colonies. Carpenter ants treat wood differently. Although they are known for burrowing into wood much the same way termites do, they are only there to hollow the wood out to create galleries for their nests. After time, the wood that carpenter ants hollow out can become structurally unstable, which can cause wood to eventually sag or droop. These wood destroying insects can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home with their activities.
How can you prevent carpenter ants?
Preventing carpenter ants is important in keeping your home safe from these wood destroyers. You can prevent carpenter ants by:
Replacing any wood that is weather or water damaged. Damaged wood is much easier for a carpenter ant to burrow into.
Clean up crumbs and spills in your kitchen and pantry. Pay close attention to the areas around appliances like the stove and refrigerator.
Don’t leave pet food out for extended periods of time.
Make sure trash is stored in a container with a tight fitting lid.
Don’t leave food on the counters or dirty dishes in the sink.
If you have found that a carpenter ant infestation has made it into your home despite your best efforts, then you need the help of an Ocala pest control professional. Carpenter ant control from the pros at McCall is the only way to completely eliminate these pests from your home. If you are in need of ant control and don’t know where to turn, call McCall. Our pros know how to get rid of carpenter ants and we can offer treatments as well as suggestions to help keep these pests from returning.
Carpenter ants can be a destructive and annoying pest; don’t let them take over your Ocala home! Give McCall Service a call today!