06/12/2013 | The Importance of Quick Pest Extermination for Carpenter Ants
With the official start of summer just days away and temperatures quickly rising, carpenter ants are coming out in droves. These especially tenacious insects can be extremely difficult to eradicate once they’ve begun to build a nest. Quick action by taking steps for immediate pest extermination is the best solution for preventing a small problem from becoming a massive challenge.
Carpenter ants don’t eat wood, but tunnel into to it and are capable of doing extensive damage. Once they’ve gained entry into the home or structure, they typically start a nest in a moist area or one that is prone to decay. They often seek wood that has been softened by the dampness or by other insects. Crawlspaces, basements, attic vents, foundations and any areas that are prone to moisture tend to draw them in the most.
Although these pesky creatures prefer more moist areas, they will eventually expand their nests into walls, floors or even the roofs if a nest is already established nearby.
Pest extermination is crucial at the first sign or symptoms of a carpenter ant infestation. They can be difficult to locate and professional treatment is a must due to the damaged caused to the important wood elements and insulation in the home.
If you noticed any of the following, be sure to contact the professionals for quick pest extermination immediately:
- Winged carpenter ants seen emerging from around vents, window casings or baseboards. They may vary in color but are typically black or dark bodied. They range in size from about ¼” to ¾” in length. Typically, they will come out in the spring or summer months.
- Piles of wood shavings or a trail of sawdust. As nests begin to be established in the wood, they often leave these signs behind.
- Damaged wood. The ants tunnel through the wood in order to make their nests creating obvious signs of devastation.
- Rustling noises in the wood. If you hear crunching sounds or something that sounds like rustling in the wood near your home, this could be the ants moving around. They are most often heard at night when foraging for food.