Carpenter ants have become a widespread problem throughout the Eastern United States. They make their nests in damp, dead wood and create tunnels so they can easily navigate through the structure. Carpenter ants are small but the damage a colony can cause is not.
What happens if your home or business becomes infested with carpenter ants? You might be wondering, what should I do if I have carpenter ants? However, it’s also important to know what you shouldn’t do when it comes to carpenter ants.
Not properly identifying the type of ant infestation
Termites and carpenter ants cause similar damage to damp, dead wood. Oftentimes, you’ll see piles of wood shavings near wood that’s infested with either termites or carpenter ants. But in order to eradicate the infestation, you have to make sure you’re treating your property for the correct pest. Carpenter ants are black ants with segmented bodies that measure in at ¼-⅜ inches long. Termites or “white ants” don’t have segmented bodies and have a large head.
Ignore signs of carpenter ant damage
Common carpenter ant infestation signs are:
Carpenter ants crawling in a building or home
Carpenter ants crawling out of holes or crevices in home
Piles of wood shavings
Faint rustling noise in walls
If you have spotted any of these signs, it’s important to not ignore them! Carpenter ant infestations only get worse as time goes on. Early detection is the best way to prevent further damage from carpenter ants.
Solely relying on DIY ant control methods
The first line of defense most people turn to when it comes to ant infestations are DIY ant control solutions. This often includes borax or natural remedies like cinnamon. At first, these remedies might be effective, but will they eradicate the entire colony? Not likely.
The only way to ensure carpenter ants won’t return is by eliminating the colony. It’s one thing to apply treatment to a couple ants you see scurrying across your kitchen counters, but it won’t do much unless you get the source of your ant infestation.
Not calling a pest control company
A pest control company is the best line of defense when it comes to eliminating carpenter ants and any pests for that matter. Unlike DIY ant control methods, the ant infestation removal services of a pest control company can ensure ants will be gone and won’t return. Pest specialists will also be able to provide you with ant prevention tips.
Not preventing carpenter ants from returning
Once a carpenter ant infestation has been removed, it’s important to take measures to protect your home from ants in the future.
Seal entrance points like doors, windows and building foundations
Keep food in airtight containers
Clean food and drink spills immediately
Trim trees and bushes to keep away from home
Professional ant control services
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your carpenter ant infestation, your local Ehrlich Pest Control pest specialist is only a phone call away. Your dedicated pest specialist will devise a comprehensive ant control solution plan to remove ants and prevent them from returning in the future. Call us at 800-837-5520 or contact us online to find out how you can start benefiting from professional carpenter ant control.