Aerex Pest Control’s Guide to Carpenter Ants

It sure has been a busy summer for  We can thank a handful of pests for that, but one has stood out above the rest: carpenter ants. They’re a pest that businesses and homeowners have come to know all too well, creeping up in kitchens, garages and bathrooms everywhere.

While carpenter ants are a vital part of nature by nesting in dead wood and aiding in the process of decaying, they can become a major nuisance to humans for that very reason.

Identifying Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are one of the largest species of ants in the United States. They can be found both indoors and outdoors, particularly in areas of moisture or decaying wood. The best way to identify a Carpenter Ant is by size. They can be as large as an inch, which is significantly larger than other ants.

Signs of an Infestation
There are several signs we should all be aware of that could signal a possible carpenter ant infestation.  The easiest way to identify an infestation is the presence of worker ants or winged ants inside the property. While these ants can be seen without an infestation, their presence means that a mature colony is nearby. Hear anything suspicious? The sound of rustling can be heard when carpenter ants are building tunnels throughout the woodwork of the home.

Control & Prevention Tips
Many pest control tips are similar from pest to pest. Incorporate the same pest prevention routines for carpenter ants as you would with any other pest. Keep your kitchen tidy by clearing away food immediately after meals. If possible, keep as much food as you can in air-tight containers and stowed away. Trim all trees and bushes so they are not touching the house or office building.  Additionally, correct any plumbing or flooding issues.

If you believe you have a pest infestation,

 

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