It's one little ant, what's the big deal? You're not afraid of an ant. Why should you be? You're like a thousand times larger than an ant--even a carpenter ant, which is the largest ant you'll find crawling around in your home. Ants are small. And ants that you find in your home don't even bite. So what is the big deal? But, before you squash that ant and go on with your day, you might want to think again.
A single ant may not look like a big deal, but it can be. Here's why:
If you have carpenter ants in your home, your home is being damaged. Carpenter ants chew tunnels and galleries inside wood. When left untreated, that damage can be significant.
Sometimes carpenter ants damage wood that can lead to personal injury. If they eat away at outside stairs, a step could break and cause a fall. If they eat away at supports for a balcony, the structure could give way.
Carpenter ants are drawn to wood that has been damaged by water. So, not only are those carpenter ants a sign that you might have water rotting the wood of your home or the beginnings of a mold issue, there is a good chance they are creating the conditions for more water to get in and damage those areas.
If you find one ant running around in your kitchen, that doesn't mean you only have one ant in your home. Carpenter ant colonies only send out a limited number of scout ants in search of food. Sometimes these scout ants never even make it into your kitchen or pantry. They may spend most of their time searching outside of your home. So, the number of ants you find inside isn't a representation of how bad your infestation is.
Carpenter ant damage is often the starting point for other pests like mice, rats, and squirrels. When rodents see a hole in a piece of wood, they are more than happy to make that hole larger. And when rodents get into your home, they can spread other pests around, such as mites, lice, ticks, and fleas.
If you are seeing winged ants on your interior window panes, you have even more reason to take note. When a carpenter ant nest matures, it begins to create male and female reproductives (winged ants) and send them out to start a new nest.
We know you're not afraid of a little ant, but when you see carpenter ants in or around your home, recognize them for the warning sign that they are and contact a professional pest control company. Carpenter ants can damage your home and create the conditions for other pest problems. Stop pest problems before they begin, by understanding how pests work together to damage your home and spread illness.
One ant is no big deal. But if that ant is a carpenter ant, it could be. Get help with ants and other pests with the expert team here at Witt Pest Management.