What is the best material to build a home out of? Most people would argue that it is wood, seeing that it is used in over 90 percent of homes. If your home doesn't have a beam, plank, or scrap of wood in it, then we have good news for you: you don't have to worry about carpenter ants. But, if it is even partly wood, then we have some information you need to know. Read on to discover the damage carpenter ants in Bradenton cause and some ways to keep these pests out of your home.
Identifying Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are the largest native species here in America. They grow upwards of a half an inch long, and this, combined with their red, black, or red and black color, make these ants fairly easy to identify. We should mention, however, that not all carpenter ants are large. Every colony has major and minor workers that vary in size from one another.
Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wood they infest. Their only reason for tunneling into a wooden structure is to build their nest. Once they invade, they will most commonly leave frass (wood shavings) around wooden structures such as baseboards, door jambs, and window sills. If you find frass, look around for tiny entry and exit holes. These signs indicate an infestation.
Problems Carpenter Ants Cause
Carpenter ants are not as destructive as termites, mainly because they are easier to identify. Like termites, these ants do, however, cause damage. If left alone, these pests can wreak havoc to wooden structures, weakening them from the inside. The only limit to how much damage these pests can do is how much time they have before they're found and eliminated.
Tunneling through structural wood is not the only problem carpenter ants cause. These pests also love to invade homes to steal food. If you've never dealt with lines of ants crawling through your kitchen, let us assure you it is not a pleasant experience.
Prevention Tips For Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants do not just invade any wood; they strongly prefer water-damaged, rotten, or decaying wood. When putting in place prevention tips for these pests around your house, focus on eliminating moisture problems, limiting their access to food, and blocking off potential ways for them to get indoors.
To help with this, here are some practical tips our experts recommend.
- Make sure your gutters are in good working condition.
- Fix leaky fixtures and pipes around your home.
- Invest in a dehumidifier to use around basements and other moist areas.
- Repair or replace wood around your home that is water-damaged, rotting, or in decaying.
- Treat the structural wood around your home and avoid building additions or making repairs with reclaimed materials.
- Use a caulking gun to fill in holes, cracks, and gaps in your home's exterior.
- Keep your house clean.
- Avoid leaving food out on countertops; instead, store leftovers inside airtight containers.
- Clean out your pet's food and water bowls after they finish.
For extra help preventing carpenter ants around your Bradenton home, or to have your home treated or inspected for a current infestation, trust the experts at Rodent Solutions. We are the best choice for high-quality pest control services.
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