Carpenter ants have become a major pest throughout most of Canada. This species of ant is not harmful to humans, yet the harm is always felt through the major structural damage to wood within a home from the foraging behavior of the ants. Carpenter ants will also destroy trees outdoors, making them a truly versatile pest both inside and outside. Unlike other ant species that can become pests, carpenter ants are not as free in their roaming behaviors and typically will spend most of their time foraging inside of wood to expand their colonies. You can typically spot the possible signs of a carpenter ant infestation by noticing small holes on the outside of wood and the appearance of a sawdust-like material known as frass, which is the insides of the wood and other ants body parts that have been expelled from the colony. Pest control professionals in Cambridge will use a variety of ways to get rid of carpenter ants and should always be consulted due to the elusive nature of these insects.
Carpenter ants seek out water sources which is a primary component of their life cycle as well as the types of places they typically like to build their colonies near. If you have wood indoors or outdoors that becomes saturated with water, there is a good chance that carpenter ants may be living inside. Carpenter ants will also have to find an entry way into your home; therefore, you should always keep any tree limbs or other plants trimmed to avoid making a bridge to allow carpenter ants to gain easy access indoors. Keep all piles of wood or limbs as far away from the house as possible since this ant species likes to build nests in piles of wood or limbs. Since this ant species lives in areas that are far away from their food sources, all of the preventative measures taken against regular ants should also be applied to carpenter ants. Keep all sweets and food sealed and, in the refrigerator, or inside of air-tight containers.
Pest control professionals have a complex system of treatment options that are frequently utilized. Control measures are typically aimed towards insecticides that are administered in precise ways to both save wood sources where colonies are hiding and to penetrate deep within the wood to destroy the colony over time. It is nearly impossible to try and destroy a carpenter ant colony on your own due to the difficulty in trying to reach deep inside of wood to reach all of the colony. Exterminators have the equipment available to achieve this and can also apply preventative measures to keep the ants from returning after the colony has completely died.
Carpenter ants are difficult to get rid of due to their ability to infest deep inside of wood. Many homeowners rightfully do not want to completely destroy wood within their homes; therefore, control measures from a pest control professional is the best possible solution.