What Are Carpenter Ants?
Carpenter ants are large ants that are typically black or reddish-black in color. They get their name from their tendency to build nests in wood, where they can cause significant damage over time. These ants are known for their ability to tunnel through wood, creating smooth, clean galleries as they go.
While carpenter ants do not eat wood like termites do, the damage they cause can be just as extensive. They often target wood that is already damaged or weakened, making it easier to tunnel through. As they build their nests, they can create extensive networks of galleries that can weaken the structural integrity of a building. In extreme cases, a carpenter ant infestation can even lead to the collapse of a structure.
Ideal Conditions for Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are attracted to moisture and are often found in damp or humid areas. They are commonly found in basements, crawl spaces, and other areas with high humidity. They are also attracted to wood that has been damaged by water or rot, and may be more likely to nest in areas with leaking pipes or other sources of moisture.
What to do About Carpenter Ants
If you suspect that you have a carpenter ant infestation, it is important to take action promptly to eliminate the pests and prevent further damage. At New Day Pest, we offer a variety of treatment options to effectively eliminate carpenter ants and prevent their return. Some of the methods we use include:
We use a variety of chemicals, such as insecticides and baits, to kill carpenter ants and prevent them from returning. Our technicians are trained in the proper application of these chemicals and take care to follow all safety guidelines to ensure the safety of our clients and the environment.
In some cases, it may be necessary to physically remove carpenter ants from a property. This can be done using traps, bait stations, or other methods, depending on the location and severity of the infestation.
Pest exclusion involves sealing off entry points and preventing carpenter ants from entering a property. This can be an effective method of pest control, particularly if the infestation is in an early stage. Our technicians can identify and seal any potential entry points to prevent carpenter ants from returning.
In some cases, it may be necessary to repair or replace damaged wood to eliminate a carpenter ant infestation. Our technicians can assess the extent of the damage and recommend the necessary repairs to eliminate the pests and prevent further damage.