Do you have carpenter ants?

Most pest issues begin outside the home. The best way to prevent these invaders from entering our home is to treat the exterior. A preventative exterior treatment program puts a barrier between you and the pests, protecting your home. This exterior service is a great way of avoiding unnecessary chemical application use in your home.

About Carpenter Ants

Earning their name by excavating of galleries in wood, the carpenter ant is a beneficial species since they feed on many pests. They are the largest of our common ants. In late spring and early summer, mature carpenter ant colonies produce winged adults. These swarm in mating flights, and may be a nuisance around homes at these times.

Outdoors, they nest in any wood that is in close contact to a moisture source such as, stumps, landscape ties, or wooden fence posts. In buildings, they often make their nests in hollow doors, in wood cabinets near dishwashers, in damp locations behind baseboards, fireplaces, window frames, or in basement and attics. Carpenter ants will rarely do extensive damage to wood. They usually limit the size of the colony to the area of the damp wood. However, several satellite colonies may be constructed in the same structure.

Carpenter ants may be seen in infested buildings at any time of the year searching for food at considerable distances from their nest. In some colonies a dormancy period occurs for several weeks during the winter months. Although they chew their way through wood, leaving frass particles resembling sawdust, they do not eat wood. Instead they feed on a wide range of insects, plant materials and, occasionally, on household foodstuffs. Carpenter ants are social insects, living in colonies. Within the colony winged reproductives are not produced until the colony is established, which takes about two to three years. After mating the winged reproductives leave the colony to establish new ones. Once established, an average colony contains 2,000 to 3,000 carpenter ants.

Since carpenter ants are attracted to foods such as honey, jelly, fruit and meat, they can carry disease germs from one area to another they are hazardous to humans. Although they do not sting, they can bite. The elimination of moist conditions by providing good ventilation and isolating wood from any direct contact with the soil will aid in carpenter ant prevention. Foods should be kept in sealed containers and areas where food is stored kept free of spillage or crumbs. Eliminate old lumber, logs, and stumps from your property and do not store firewood inside the building. In the case of new construction only properly treated lumber should be used.

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