Carpenter Ants Control
Carpenter Ants Control
Controlling the Carpenter ants differ from termite control, which use wood as a food source and will eat sound wood. Carpenter ants do not eat wood; they nest in wet or water-damaged wood. Sometimes they find a void to serve as a nesting area.
Most carpenter ants damage occurs during the summer months. Large numbers of ants can be destructive, yet most times they are more of a nuisance than a serious threat to the structure. If you see ants in number should consult and seek help for carpenter ants control. Remember that a few ants does not always mean that an infestation is present. Early in the spring, before their regular food is present, workers often wander inside homes looking for sweets. They will scavenge for fats and other foods.
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How to Inspect for Carpenter Ants Control
Outside the house at night, use a flashlight (preferably with a red cellophane filter) to find live ants. Examine the foundation, stairs, deck, porch, landscaping timbers, utility wires, and branches of trees and shrubs touching the house. Carpenter ants are nocturnal and will move in and out of your house at night to feed.
Sawdust is a hint for carpenter ants control. Inside the house, look for small piles of sawdust and moisture-damaged wood. Check corners near walls, inside walls from attic to basement, windows, and skylights. Piles of sawdust are from excavations.
Search for nests in wall voids beneath window sills, inside doors, under fiberglass insulations. Void areas are good nesting sites (because carpenter ants are considered too “lazy” to excavate sound wood). Check hollow staircase railings, even inside wooden curtain rods. Searching and destroying the nests is good for carpenter ants control. Carpenter ants first create a main colony (nest). As the colony grows, the ants form satellite nests. In managing carpenter ants, it is important to locate all the nests. The main colony and satellite nest, if present, can exist inside the house or outside, near the house. Look along the chimney, where it joins the house, especially if covered with ivy. Destroying the colony is major help in carpenter ants control.
Try to find distinct piles of debris that contain insect parts, and pieces of pupal cases discarded by worker ants. Look under sills, insulation; near openings in secluded walls (cupboards, closets).
During the winter, locate winged adults inside, near windows. Ants will be no more than 30 feet from the nest. Their presence indicates an indoor nest, because normal outdoor emergence time would NOT be winter!
Look for live ants outside during the day. Remember that ants avoid sunlight. Search the shady sides of linear objects (garden hoses, picket fences, under logs). Also check branches touching ground and look for shallow ant tunnels in the ground. Inspect for ants following trails inside, along pipes and electrical wires. Carpenter ants sometimes follow straight routes and leave scent trails.
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