Carpenter ants are starting to become more and more active with the increasingly warmer weather in the Greater Pittsburgh area. With that, you need to arm yourself with all the knowledge you can to defeat these damaging ants.
You will want to know how to identify carpenter ants from other ants and termites. Carpenter ants range in color from black to red or a mixture of both. The adult workers are about 1/4” and the queen can be up to 3/4” in length. They have a segmented oval body, 6 legs, and antennae. They get their name because they are like mini excavators that tunnel inside wooden items and structures where they will build their nests.
The ideal conditions for carpenter ants are inside wet or damaged wood, but they will use dry wood if necessary. They prefer to live outside but will find their way indoors through gaps, cracks, broken screens, or damaged vents. Once these hardy ants get inside they can cause a variety of problems.
Carpenter ant damage can be extensive, as they invade decks, furniture, walls, floors, ceilings, and the foundational wood of your home. It does not take them very long to do a lot of damage because they are social insects that work together for the good of the colony. All of this damage can compromise the strength of your home and you should be on alert for carpenter ants at all times.
At the first sign of carpenter ants, you may be tempted to give DIY methods a try. You may want to resist that temptation because it really takes extensive pest knowledge to rid your home of every single carpenter ant in and around your home. A reputable pest control service will give you 100% effective control that is guaranteed. If you venture to try eradicating them yourself you will be taking a big risk when using dangerous chemicals that will be costly and ineffective. Pests will return over and over again, so it’s best to enlist the help of the professionals that can guarantee successful elimination and prevention of carpenter ants and other pests that are plaguing your home and yard.
There are some tips that help you limit your exposure, but in the end, you will ultimately need professional help. In the meantime, you may want to limit sources of moisture and water in your home. You should also keep vegetation trimmed back away from your home to prevent carpenter ants from gaining access. It will also help to seal off all potential entry points that consist of tiny cracks and crevices in your exterior walls and foundation.
To prevent damage to your Greater Pittsburgh area home, you can call us at Witt Pest Management. Our experienced technicians will use a variety of treatments and methods that include surveillance, baiting, and exclusion. Call us today to start making your home 100% carpenter ant free.