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How to Prevent Carpenter Ants in Your Home

How to Prevent Carpenter Ants in Your Home

How to Prevent Carpenter Ants in Your Home

Posted May 28, 2021

Have you seen large black or red ants roaming around the house? Is the wood in your home deteriorating? You may have a carpenter ant infestation. 

Signs of Carpenter Ants in Your Home

  • You’ve seen large ( ⅜ to ½ inch long) black or red ants roaming around
  • You have little piles of sawdust near the wood in your home
  • You’ve heard scratching noises coming from the walls

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

There are several easy ways to reduce the likelihood of carpenter ants entering your home, or removing the ones that have already moved in. Before you begin this removal process, it is helpful to understand how these ants operate.

Carpenter ants are mostly nocturnal, and live in colonies of up to 10,000. They build a main nest, where the queen, some workers, and larvae live. They then build satellite nests, where mature ants and older larvae live. These nests are built in logs, stumps and dead trees. At night, workers go out to hunt for food, including insects and scraps of human food like meat and sweets. They are most active during the summer months, becoming dormant during the winter. If they build a nest indoors, they will be active all year long. 

Now that you understand carpenter ants, you are ready to get rid of them.

Remove Dead Wood

Carpenter ants build their nests in wet or damaged wood. They don’t consume the wood, just burrow through it. This is why you will sometimes see small piles of sawdust lying around. By removing all dead or wet wood from your home you will reduce the chances of having a carpenter ant issue.

Seal Cracks and Entrance Points

Sealing cracks in walls and flooring in and around your home will prevent them from getting into your home in the first place. It is vital to seal cracks where they could get into your walls where there is an abundance of wood.

Reduce Excess Moisture

Any Standing water is in danger of damaging woodwork, and any excess moisture may make wood soft enough for carpenter ants to burrow through. Remember, carpenter ants lay their eggs in wet or damaged wood and you do not want to create a breeding ground.

Call For Help

If you are being overrun by carpenter ants, Fox Pest Control is here to help. Our licensed technicians will be able to diagnose the severity of the problem and swiftly eliminate it. Call (855) 953-2002 today for a free inspection and estimate. 

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