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What Are Carpenter Ants?
While there are many variations of ants, it is the carpenter ant that has six legs, two antennae, and three main distinctive body parts. Sounds pretty intimidating, right? Well, this is just the start. It is their innate ability and nature to work together that make them even more intimidating. This is why they are such a formidable foe. They will work in conjunction towards a common goal. With their strong mandibles, they can excavate their way through wood and wood structures with ease, which will later be used for nesting. While they will build nests in nearby wood structures, they tend to build their primary nests outside in the ground. It won’t be until these nests or colonies reach maximum capacity that they move onto the wood.
These critters are usually black, red, and brown in appearance or a varying combination of these colors. The workers can grow to be as big as ½ inch in length, while the queen can sometimes reach a max of 5/8 inches. Either way, not something you want crawling around the home because it won’t just be one, it’ll be hundreds.
Signs Of A Carpenter Ant Infestation
When dealing with the carpenter ant it is best to discover the problem as early as possible. Here are some key signs that you can keep an eye on.
- Sight: if you see large black ants foraging in and around the property, you are most likely dealing with an infestation.
- Sawdust Trails: Carpenter ants have extremely strong mandibles, giving them the ability to make easy work of wooden structures. They don’t, however, use this wood. The evidence will be left behind in the form of sawdust.
- Sound: Sometimes with a carpenter ant infestation, you can place your ear to the wall and hear these critters scurrying about.
- Winged Ants: As was mentioned, carpenter ants will build secondary nests in wooden structures. They do this when their primary, underground colonies reach max size. It is the winged members of the colony that venture off and start these new colonies. If you see a winged any roaming around your property, it won’t be long before you are dealing with two colonies. Not something you want on your hands.
Why Do People Have Carpenter Ants?
Carpenter ants are just as opportunistic as any critter. If they have a chance to build a home or scavenge food, you best rest assured they’ll do it. This is why they are usually found on the property. They are either looking for food or a place to locate a shelter. They normally like to establish their secondary colonies in decaying wood structures.
Are Carpenter Ants Dangerous?
Carpenter ants don’t pose a physical threat. They don’t bite, they don’t sting, and they certainly don’t transmit disease. This doesn’t, however, mean they couldn’t damage you. It is entirely possible that they could weaken a wood structure to the point of falling and when you walk in, it falls. These cases would be extremely rare, but they would not be entirely unheard of. Regardless, this is why it is best to just hit the problem head-on as soon and early as possible.
How Do You Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants?
Carpenter ants are going to be extremely difficult to eliminate from any property. Even finding the nest early will still prove to be difficult. This is because these guys start outside about 300 feet from the property and build an underground network of tunnels leading in and out of the property. All it takes is missing one tunnel or one ant and you won’t clear up the infestation, you’ll just spread it, making it all that much worse. This is why these situations are best left to the pros. We like to use the method of tricking one of the ants into tracking poison back to the primary colony and poisoning the rest of the members.
Can I Eliminate Carpenter Ants On My Own?
When it comes to carpenter ants, you’ll find a whole slew of chemicals and products available saying that they can successfully eliminate these critters. You might even see some slight success with these products, but there is absolutely no way they will clear the entire infestation. This is because they simply aren’t powerful enough. The chemicals needed to kill these guys are illegal to the general public. They are only available to licensed pest management professionals. In addition to all this, these chemicals are dangerous. Whether they are commercial-grade or not, they are dangerous. This is especially true when they are mixed or used in the wrong hands.
When Will Help Arrive?
Dealing with carpenter ants is never fun and it only makes sense to eliminate the critters as soon as you possibly can. This is something we understand all too well as a pest management firm and why we’ll jump on the situation as soon as possible. Give our offices a call, set up an appointment, and we’ll have someone out to assess the property within the next 24 to 48 hours. We do have emergency services available when they are needed.
Is Treatment Safe?
Pesticides are one of the best ways to deal with ants. This is why they have been used for years and will continue to be used. If they weren’t so environmentally dangerous they would be a dream. This is why we practice every safety precaution and follow all the EPA guidelines when administering these chemicals. All our techs are trained and certified. In addition to this, we also offer eco-friendly solutions for those interested. All you have to do is give our offices a call, set up an appointment, and we’ll send someone out to the property to figure out if your property qualifies or not. These solutions aren’t available in all situations, but we try to utilize them whenever and wherever we can. We take your safety and that of your family in the highest regard possible. Give us a call today for service tomorrow!