Common Myths about Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ant Nests and Sure Signs of Infestation

People who usually try their attempts at keeping carpenter ants at bay have to abandon their efforts pretty quickly after discovering that their techniques and their strategies just aren’t working effectively. It is then that homeowners turn to professional pest control services to help them with this seemingly never-ending ordeal. Technicians that are specialized in pest control can adjust and adapt their strategies based on the needs that the issue requires and that is the reason why they succeed and an individual homeowner does not. It is best to contact professional carpenter ant exterminator Toronto in the Greater Toronto Area to declare your home ant-free as soon as possible! Not only are carpenter ants, a threat, but pharaoh ants as well. These tiny ants have their sights set on sweet and oily foods and getting rid of them as possible will avoid an uncontrollable infestation.

Carpenter ant colonies are quite unique from other colonies typically found in nature as the colony is sub-divided into two colonies actually. The parent colony and the satellite colony who typically takes residence in much dryer climates as opposed to the parent colony who starts out in moist wood such as tree stump or logs. As colonies appear in houses they can be problematic as carpenter ants usually move in droves and damage the structural integrity of the home these carpenter ants become a nuisance as they enlarge their presence by the month.

Wood Damage

One of the initial signs of a severe infestation is small, rectangular holes in wood. This indicates that the ants are chewing through the wood and the tunnel can go deep inside the structure.

Sawdust and/or Wood Shavings

This sawdust-like material is known as frass which the ants kick out as they burrow into the wood. You are most likely to spot small piles of frass in dark areas, corners and crawl spaces. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants don’t eat wood because it has no nutritional value to them. The ants simply burrow through the wood to create nests deep inside the structure.

Noises in the Walls

If you assume you have carpenter ants in the wall, simply knock on the wall and you should hear gentle rustling inside. This rustling noise, not unlike that of cellophane, is common when the ants are burrowing through the wood or moving around in the wall.

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