A Guide To Carpenter Ant Prevention

What are carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants are a large species of ant and a common pest problem in Norfolk, VA. They are usually black, red, yellowish, or a combination of those colors. Carpenter ants have received their name due to the way they build their nests. They excavate and tunnel through wood, forming smooth tunnels and nesting galleries. Outside in their natural habitat, carpenter ants' nesting habits help to speed up the decomposition of decaying trees.

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Are carpenter ants dangerous?

Carpenter ants are not considered dangerous pests, but they are destructive pests. They do not bite, sting, or transmit diseases to people. However, when carpenter ants nest inside homes, the tunnels and nesting galleries they create can eventually damage the structure of the home or building they have invaded.

Why do I have a carpenter ant problem?

Carpenter ants can find their way onto almost any property while foraging for food, water, and shelter. The most common things that attract carpenter ants to a property include gardens, outdoor trash cans, compost areas, pet food, outdoor eating areas, and leaky outdoor fixtures.

Once living or foraging for food on your property, it is only a matter of time before they wander into your home. Carpenter ants move inside through cracks in your home's foundation and exterior, spaces around doors and windows, torn screens, holes along the roofline, and any other tiny openings they come across.

Where will I find carpenter ants?

Homes built in wooded areas are at a high risk of experiencing a carpenter ant infestation, but carpenter ants can be found living in almost any suburban, urban, or rural environment. They build their main outdoor nests in woodpiles, fallen trees, and trees stumps. Carpenter ants that have moved indoors while foraging for food often stay and create satellite nests near their newfound food source. Carpenter ants nest in both moist and dry wood, but prefer moist wood. Carpenter ant nests are more likely to be found in structural wood in or near sinks, bathtubs, windows and door frames, attics, the roofline, and around chimneys.

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

To eliminate carpenter ants from your residential or commercial property, professional pest control is highly recommended. When you partner with the highly-trained pest control experts at Four Seasons | HomeTown Pest Control, our experienced and friendly professionals will provide the tailored, comprehensive services needed to eliminate your property’s initial infestation. We then have the ability to provide ongoing preventative treatments to stop carpenter ants and other household pests from returning.

To learn more about ridding your Outer Banks, NC or Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, or Norfolk, VA property of carpenter ants, give Four Seasons | HomeTown a call!

How can I prevent carpenter ants in the future?

To help you stop carpenter ants from taking over your home or commercial property we offer the following prevention tips:

  • Trim tree branches, bushes, and other landscaping away from the outside of your home.

  • Repair any gaps in the exterior walls, roofline, and foundation of your home.

  • Eliminate water sources from around your property.

  • Keep outdoor eating and grill areas cleaned up.

  • Remove fallen trees and tree stumps from your property.

  • Use dehumidifiers in basement areas to reduce moisture levels.

  • Outdoor trash cans and compost bins need tight-fitting or locking lids.

  • Leave a stone barrier between any mulch or soil and your home’s foundation.

  • Put into place a professional pest control service from the pest control experts at Four Seasons | HomeTown Pest Control.


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