December 2, 2020
What You Need To Know If You See Carpenter Ants Around Your Beaumont Property
As Beaumont homeowners, we know a thing or two about ants invading our properties. And by properties, we mean our yards, outdoor decks, basements, bathrooms, picnics, pool parties, and pretty much anywhere else we don’t want ants to be. However, that doesn’t mean it isn't startling to see giant ants crawling around your house. When carpenter ants invade your property, it should provoke a much different reaction than your typical annoyance.
The Bigger The Ant, The Bigger The Problem
In the realm of pests, size may not always matter. However, sizable carpenter ants can cause a lot more issues in your home than regular ants. You’ll be able to tell if they’re carpenter ants by their size, color, or wings. Carpenter ants measure anywhere from a half-inch to five-eighths of an inch long, which should make the alarm bells go off in your head. Many of them also have clear wings draped along the backs of their black or dark red bodies.
The main problem with carpenter ant infestations is their affinity for nesting in the wooden structures of your home’s foundation. While they prefer to nest in moistened wood, damaged from rotting, they will build their nests in healthy wood as well. Depending on the size of the infestation, they can do incredibly extensive damage to your house. They’ll nest in your outdoor deck spaces, creating unsightly holes, and weakening the structures. They’ll also create nests inside, causing door and window frames to tighten to the point of dysfunction when the infestation is severe.
Now, you may be thinking, “well, at least they don’t eat the wood like termites do”, which is true. However, they have to eat something as they work, so they’ll go hunting for your stored food supplies and wind up contaminating most of them. One way or the other, carpenter ants will cost you, whether it's in home repairs or medical bills.
Best Practices For Prevention
Unfortunately, once you have a serious carpenter ant problem, they’re nearly impossible to get rid of. You can, however, eliminate some of the factors that will attract them onto your property or give them access to your house. The best ways to avoid carpenter ant infestation include:
Eliminate standing water and moisture sources. Carpenter ants need a water source to survive.
Monitor moisture buildup that creates wood rot. This includes checking for leaking pipes and making sure humidity levels are kept in check throughout your home, even crawl spaces.
Trim tree limbs away from your house. Carpenter ants will climb up these limbs, onto your roof, and into the attic.
Seal cracks and crevices in the foundation or around doors/window sills. Silicone-based caulk is recommended as the most inaccessible for pests.
Store firewood away from the home. Piles of wood or firewood stacks are a prime nesting ground for carpenter ants.
As you look at that list, you may realize how comprehensive it is. You might also realize that if carpenter ants want to get into your home, they probably will. Like anything in the realm of dealing with mother nature, sometimes it’s better to just call in the professionals. Trying to prevent or eradicate carpenter ant infestations on your own can cost you money in the long run, increasing the damage done to your house and raising your risk of food contamination. Instead, go with the method that gets the job done right, every time. Contact the professionals at the first sign of a problem - Bill Clark Pest Control.
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