It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Carpenter Ants

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Carpenter Ants

As the weather slowly gets warmer, and the days get longer we can now begin putting winter behind us.  Those carefree summer nights are no longer a distant memory of last year.  As we make the transition from cold, dark filled nights to warm barbeque filled evenings, we must remember the warm weather awakens certain insects.  Carpenter Ant season is around the corner, so let’s learn some essential information to help safeguard our homes from a takeover of these destructive insects.

Aside from termites, carpenter ants are notorious for infesting homes in the Metropolitan, and surrounding areas.  Although termites and carpenter ants appear to be similar; they are relatively different.  Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood.  They cannot survive off of timber (cellulose) like termites.  They are considered wood destroying insects (WDI), because they excavate wood for a nesting area.  Carpenter Ants main food sources are both living and dead insects, honeydew, fats, and meats.

Carpenter Ants are typically larger black ants, and are polymorphic, ranging in size from 1/4′” to 5/8”.  They are quite complex, and through the years have become good at surviving.  Carpenter Ants start off with a main colony that has only one queen, also known as a parent colony, and within a few years the parent colony can produce up to six satellite colonies.  A satellite colony is the swarm of ants that a person will normally find infesting their homes.  The ants of the satellite colony will travel up to 300 feet away from their nest to find food (the size of a football field).  All it takes is 48 hours for a satellite colony to migrate into your home, and set up shop.  All of the colonies stay connected through pheromones, so if you find a couple lurking around chances are there are more.

Carpenter ants are attracted to moist wood, specifically in areas with a moisture content of 15% or more.  Homes are ideal nesting areas for these insects because the structures are move in ready.  They excavate the wood, and move into areas such as; wall voids, hollow doors, attics, and curtain rods to name a few.  An indicator that an infestation is in your home would be frass left behind.  Carpenter Ants will create holes to dump their trash, which is frass.  Frass is piles of debris, that appears similar to piles of sawdust, and contains wood, dead insects, pupil cases, and all garbage left behind by these ants.

If you are experiencing infestations of carpenter ants, call us at Select Exterminating.  We use state of the art technology to eliminate, and prevent carpenter ants.  Through our two phase process we will eliminate satellite colonies of carpenter ants, all the while reducing populations outside from re infesting your home.  Because carpenter ants contain multiple colonies it is imperative to not only treat the infested area, but for us to do perimeter, and fence treatments outside to treat the parent colony that may be on an adjacent property.

Here at Select Exterminating we are dedicated to helping you!  It is our mission to provide service that works, so that you can enjoy the warm weather we have waited all winter for!