Damage That Carpenter Ants Cause In Norfolk Homes
May 31, 2019
The last thing you want popping up at the end of summer is a pest infestation, especially if pests are damaging your Norfolk home. Homeowners across Virginia face the issue of pest invasions of all sorts. Some people deal with mice in their home, others have issues with stinging insects.
Whatever the pest, Norfolk homeowners should be aware of the risks of pest infestations. One kind of pest that can cause extensive damage to properties is carpenter ants. Although small, carpenter ants can cause irreversible damage to the structure of your home if left untreated.
Damage Caused by Carpenter Ants
Despite the fact that carpenter ants do not eat the cellulose contained in wooden elements (the way termites do) carpenter ants still create destruction to the structure of homes. These busy workers spend their lives creating tunnels and nesting galleries for their colonies, sometimes resulting in a network of hollowed out spaces for a colony that can contain up to 3,000 or more adult ants. Most carpenter ant colonies start outside in rotting stumps or old wooden sheds but then venture into homes in search of a food source. Because carpenter ants don’t eat cellulose, they forage for food, which they often find in garbage cans, pantries, or on counters. In addition to the stress that they can put on the structure of a home such as weakening support beams, etc., carpenter ants can also contaminate food products.
Signs of a Carpenter Ant Infestation
How do you tell if your home is infested with carpenter ants? After all, carpenter ants typically stay inside their network of tunnels unless they’re out foraging for food. When it comes to identifying a carpenter ant infestation on your residential property, there are a few things you can keep watch for.
Shed wings next to window sills and doorways. Most carpenter ant infestations start with a parent colony somewhere outside. Once that colony grows large enough, the queen will produce winged reproductive ants, which break away from the original colony to start satellite colonies nearby. Sometimes, satellite colonies end up inside Norfolk homes.
Foraging ants. Ants need a source of food, just like any other pest insect. Since carpenter ants eat many of the same sugars and proteins that other ants require, there’s a chance you could spot a carpenter ant or two foraging for food on your floors or counters. Keep in mind, carpenter ants are typically much larger than other ant species.
Piles of wood shavings and debris next to tiny holes. Carpenter ants push wood shavings, excrement, and dirt out of their tunnels. These piles might be found around baseboards or other wooden structures.
Why Professional Services Always Beat DIY Methods
With any DIY solution, it’s best to take these “proven-to-work” methods with a grain of salt. Many websites that promise the effectiveness of DIY carpenter ant prevention are not being entirely honest with their solutions. Some methods can lead to a lot of stress, frustration, and wasted time. Professional pest control prevention beats DIY when it comes to efficiency, cost, and effectiveness. Carpenter ant prevention and control is best left to the pest technicians here at Hometown Pest Control. We have the dedication, experience, and knowledge you need to remove carpenter ant infestations and prevent your Norfolk home from being targeted in the future. Contact Hometown Pest Control today to learn more about how we treat for carpenter ants!