Carpenter ants need to be fought because they transmit diseases such as dysentery, typhoid, salmonella and diphtheria, to name a few, through their legs. In addition, they invade the food and spoil it. As if that weren’t enough, they also eat insects like cockroaches, which are highly contaminating. How do you get rid of carpenter ants in your home?
Proceed with your extermination. Finding the nest is a real problem but it doesn’t matter, when its sisters die, they take the poisoned corpses to the nest, the queen dies and the nest is destroyed. AKL Exterminator is able to eradicate them discreetly and efficiently. With its extensive experience in pest control in homes, stores and industry, it knows how to treat these pests once and for all.
Sometimes carpenter ants can be mistaken for termites. To prevent this from happening to you, consider their characteristics: they measure up to 8 millimeters long. The most common are black or brown with shades of red. In addition, you can notice relatively easily the hairs they are covered with and their antennas.
Since they are very active, you will notice that they invade the kitchen or pantry at any time, looking for food scraps. Also, carpenter ants, like termites, damage wood. The ants make their nests there, but the termites eat the wood. In short, both will weaken or ruin structures made of this material.
These insects like to nest primarily in damp wood, but they adapt easily to domestic environments. If they appear, it is important to check immediately if they live in windows, pergolas, doors and all parts of the house that are built of wood, because you can see them in the kitchen, but they live in the wood.
You see them and do not find the burrow?
The experts of the AKL extermiinator point out that carpenter ants seek their food in the kitchen but they make large galleries in the wood. Since they live in, but do not eat wood, they go directly to where they find food. They also feed on living and dead insects, meat, honey, fat, flour, seeds and other things, which is why they always invade your kitchen.
In nature, these ants nest in places close to water or in damp areas, such as tree trunks or the edges of water sources. However, when they find a domestic environment with ornamental plants or wet wood, they stay there.
A carpenter ant colony can number up to 2,000 ants, which creates a real problem, not only because they transmit diseases or infest and spoil food, but also because they are capable of weakening the structure of the house to the point of throwing it away. Now that you know this, do you still think this is the least of your problems?
To fight them: call the experts
If your home has been invaded by ants, it’s time to fight them, and to do it safely: hire the experts because you don’t know exactly how big the burrow is, let alone how many ants there are.
Consider that, while it is true that hiring experts represents a significant investment, you will get a first-rate answer: you will know that you are dealing with professionals and that with special equipment and certified products, they will fight the insect, without endangering your health.
To protect the house from future carpenter ant infestations, it is important to keep mowing the grass. Also keep trees and shrubs trimmed. Sometimes pests enter the house by using branches as bridges.
Consider that pruning plants promotes flowering, while reducing humidity inside the house, thus achieving two benefits at once: you control pests and beautify your home. Also, check and move pots so you can take immediate action if an ant colony takes hold.
While it’s important to keep the kitchen clean and free of debris, it’s also necessary to repair water leaks, clean roofs and eaves of dry leaves, seal cracks, and check wooden structures that may be part of the house at least twice a year.
If you let the AKL exterminator guide you, the control of this plague is guaranteed and you can have the peace of mind of having a disease free place. Also, keep in mind that a carpenter ant infestation is considered a hidden defect if a property is sold and is not mentioned at the time of sale, let alone addressed. In this case, the new owners can take legal action against you.