Carpenter Ant Damage. Carpenter Ants are among the largest of ant species found in North America and thanks to their size as well as destructive behavior, are also counted among the most prominent pests representing the ant kingdom.
Now, while it is a general notion that carpenter ants invade wooden parts of our property and feed on it, this is simply not the truth. The reason these ants invade wood is to build a nest for themselves, and in the process, they end up leaving a trail of destruction. Therefore, carpenter ants do not eat wood at all, but surely, in building their colonies, they often end up causing serious damage to your property. Ant control by a professional is imperative.
Why Carpenter Ants Target Wooden Structures
Homeowners often complain of carpenter ants taking over their wooden structures and causing serious structural damage. The costs of repair are sometimes extremely high and at times, entire sections of the property have to be removed and refitted. Yes, carpenter ants indeed cause high amounts of devastation, and are therefore some of the most feared species of ants in North America.
So, why do carpenter ants target wood?
As a rule, carpenter ants have always built colonies, and further satellite colonies, in damp and decaying wood. Outdoors, these ants are responsible for the decomposition and the breaking down of trees, logs and stumps and are actually an important part of the ecosystem. Let them into the house however, and they leave a trail of destruction.
Homes that are built in wooded areas are especially prone to a carpenter ant infestation, where these ants are unable to differentiate between their natural and human habitat. In building their nests, these ants tunnel into damp wood, and the moist wood found in bathrooms or other wet areas of the house are usually their locations of choice. The basement, attic or garage are places where their presence often goes unnoticed too, and this is where they end up causing widespread damage.
Since they are social insects, their colonies grow in size as their numbers increase and since they tunnel into the wood, their presence often goes unnoticed until it’s too late. Satellite colonies follow the main colonies of these ants and before you know it, you have a full-fledged infestation on your hands.
How Do I Track Down a Carpenter Ant Infestation?
While carpenter ants manage to stay out of sight while building their colonies beneath wooded surfaces, the foraging ants from these colonies can always be tracked down while hunting for food and water around your home.
The damp areas of your home are where you need to start looking. Pillars and supporting timbers that are moistened by the earth, windows and doors that are exposed to rain, or the wooden areas in the bathroom etc. are the usual areas that these ants prefer to build a nest in.
At times, thanks to natural hollows in the wood or other hidden locations in floors, walls or ceilings, carpenter ants do not even need to take the trouble of excavation.
Hiring a professional ant control agency is often a wise choice, thanks to the comprehensive solutions they offer. These experts efficiently track down the location of the colonies, and after exterminating the ant population, also provide you with a fair idea of the extent of damage that has been caused. We offer customized solutions for carpenter ant control. Both residential and commercial. Call: 647-496-2211