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Carpenter ants are one of the most common indoor pests that are found in the United States. When these ants invade homes, they construct their nests in moist wood and destroy the wood. Unlike termites, these ants do not eat wood, but they create great damage to the wood as they excavate their nest to make room for their growing colony. Although they play a big role in our ecosystem mostly by helping in the decomposition of decaying trees, but when they infiltrate homes and other buildings, these ants become a nuisance.
Carpenter ants excavate via the wood parallel to the grain. Their galleries are free of debris and have “sandpaper-like” walls. The unfinished shreds of wood, which are called frass, are removed out from the small openings in the wood, which looks like sawdust-like piles. At times, bits and pieces of dead carpenter ants are mixed with the debris. If the galleries that they created are already close to the surface of the wood, and the colony is already large, you may hear mandibles scraping along inside the wood . And, if the nest is disturbed, most of the workers may bang their head and gaster against the sides of the galleries creating a weak vibrating sound.
These ants forage mostly at night, but they can also forage during the day during the early spring and summer. During the start of the colony, most of the workers are minor workers. But, when the colony becomes bigger, both major workers and minor workers will be out foraging.
Remove and discard. Remove the damaged wood, which includes the ant colony and replace them with pressure treated wood. Then, discard the infested wood far away from your home. Fixing the source of the problem will prevent re-infestation from happening again. However, carpenter ants can easily relocate their colony once they are disturbed or when the moisture changed greatly.
Search for an effective bait control. Baits are mostly effective when they are fresh and properly located where ants commonly passed. Look for baits that contain toxicants that are slow acting and will allow time for the bait to be spread throughout the colony.
Correct the structure. A permanent solution to carpenter ant problem is to correct structural problems that will let moisture to dampen wood. Get rid of moisture and carpenter ants will not be attracted to your home.
If infestation is severe and it has already destroyed a great portion of the structure, getting the help of a pest control service may be practical. To get the right services better:
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