Do you have an ant problem? This is the time of year when most people do. The warm temperatures of summer get these insects moving, and when they move, it can bring them into your home.
Here in Pittsburgh, the ants you're most likely to see crawling around your home are odorous house ants, acrobat ants, pavement ants, and carpenter ants. You may see them as individual workers looking for food, or you may see them in mass numbers. Either way, they can be an annoyance; but before you shrug them off as just an annoying pest, there are two things you should know.
All the ants we listed are a sign that your home could have water damage. When water soaks the wood of a home, it can lead to wood rot. When wood rots, bugs and rodents chew on those spots and create holes. This type of damage should be located and fixed to preserve the equity of your home.
All the ants we listed are not an equal threat. Carpenter ants lead to millions of dollars in damages to property in the U.S. every year. If left untreated, they can cause serious damage to your home.
What Carpenter Ants Do To a Home
Carpenter ants don't consume wood like termites do, but they can still be quite destructive. This insect species targets soft, rotted wood and chews tunnels and galleries in it. When tunnels or air pockets are made in support beams, it can cause the entire structure to warp. Visible signs of this will be a sink in the floor, a bulge in the wall, and windows or doors that don't work properly. If this damage continues, a structure can become unlivable.
Carpenter Ant Control
At Witt Pest Management, we have over 100 years of experience dealing with pest issues. In that time, we have learned exactly what is necessary to eradicate carpenter ants and keep your property safe. We've also learned that not all customers want the same service. That is why we provide two options.
One-time service takes care of individual pest problems and comes with a 30-day guarantee. If you want those carpenter ants gone, we can target them and help you address the issues that brought them in.
Since carpenter ants can attack again, we have added them to our TopCare program. This is a year-round service that will not only provide continued defense against carpenter ants, but also protect your home from over 40 other common household pests--many of which can do a lot more than just hurt your home.
If ants are coming in, there is a good chance they're not coming in alone. Protect the equity in your home and the health of your family with pest management you can trust. Schedule an appointment to meet with one of our certified technicians today.