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Yes, you’ll need carpenter ant treatment...if in fact you do have a carpenter ant problem in your Pittsburgh home. Unlike other types of ants in Pittsburgh, carpenter ants are different. Whereas pavement ants are nuisance pests (meaning they are more annoying than anything else), carpenter ants are destructive wood pests. They will find and excavate rotten, decaying wood in your home. What’s more, they will move into sound wood including structural beams.

How do you tell if you have carpenter ants in or around your home? Look for these signs of activity:

  • Big, black ants in your kitchen and bathroom.

  • Winged ants inside your home or on your property (May also be termite swarmers so a professional inspection is a must).

  • Frass (like sawdust) outside of holes made by these ants.

So if you’ve concluded that you may well have a carpenter ant infestation, you’re probably wondering what’s next. We’ll discuss that in a moment but first here are a couple things you shouldn’t do:

Beeline it to the nearest hardware store and load up on every ant control product on the market. Simply spraying the foraging ants in your kitchen will not take care of the problem. In fact, the use of sprays and other DIY techniques will only make the infestation harder to resolve.

Ignore it. Dismissing this particular pest problem is not a good idea because these pests really are destructive. Left un-treated they are likely to inflict significant damage to your home.

Now that we’re clear on what steps not to take, let’s discuss what will work. First, proper identification of the pest is crucial. There’s not a single treatment that works across the board. A professional inspection is highly recommended. Once a trained pest control technician evaluates the situation, he’ll explain what pest activity is occurring in your home. He will also be able to locate the carpenter ant colony (if that’s the pest problem) and explain what action(s) need to be taken.

Here at Witt Pest Management, our TopCare home pest control programs exterminate carpenter ants. They also target other household pests including spiders and mice. The great thing about our residential pest control services is that they offer ongoing protection, no matter what time of year.

If you’re looking for carpenter ant control in Pittsburgh or have a few questions about carpenter ant treatments, please feel free to give us a call. You can also complete our online form and we’ll contact you.

For further reading on carpenter ants, please check out these blog posts:

Pittsburgh Exterminators Share Carpenter Ant Prevention Tips 

Summer Pests Taking Over Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s Wood Destroying Insects: Carpenter Ants vs Termites

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