Why Carpenter Ants Invade New Jersey Homes
May 7, 2021
Watching carpenter ants work, it is easy to think these pests have no rhyme or reason to what they do. It just seems like they are wandering about aimlessly without a clue in the world, but this could not be further from the truth. Carpenter ants are some of the most organized creatures on the planet. The only question is, are they going to use this organization to destroy your New Jersey home?
What Are Carpenter Ants?
A carpenter ant is reddish-black, ⅝” long, and has a segmented oval body. Once a year, carpenter ant colonies produce what are called swarmers. These winged reproductive members are tasked with finding locations to build new nests. Once a location is found, they then shed their wings and begin the process of colonization.
Most species of ants live in large colonies underground and have convenient mounds of dirt that they use to get around their home. Carpenter ants, however, prefer to build their homes within the safety of a structure of wood. More specifically, carpenter ants build their homes inside wood that is softened by water damage, rot, or decay. If you didn’t know, most human dwellings are primarily made out of wood and become affected by moisture in one way or another as they age. This makes them susceptible to a carpenter ant invasion.
The Extension Of Carpenter Ant Damage
Carpenter ants are not the most destructive pest in America. That title is held by termites. The biggest reason for this is simply that termites and the damage they cause are more subtle than that of carpenter ants. It is not uncommon for a termite infestation to go unnoticed for several years. Carpenter ants, on the other hand, crawl through homes and damage structures in a more obvious way. This doesn’t make them less of a problem, it just means you are more likely to find out about these pests before severe structural damage is done to your property. That being said, make sure to identify these pests early as prolonged infestations will rack up a hefty repair bill. One way to do this is to have your home inspected by a pest control professional.
Some Ways To Prevent Carpenter Ants
After you make sure your home is carpenter ant-free, your next step should be making sure it stays that way. To prevent these destructive pests from causing trouble around your property, here are a few simple exclusion tips to try:
- Use a caulk gun to fill openings in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Eliminate sources of water build up around your property.
- Inspect your gutters and make sure they are in good working order.
- Fix leaky water and sewer piping around your home.
- Repair or replace wood that is damaged.
- Address damage to windows and doors.
- Regularly clean your home and do your best to keep up with food messes and drink spills.
- Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
- Clean out your pet’s food and water bowls after every meal.
To avoid the hassle of dealing with carpenter ants alone, give the experts at Amco Pest Solutions a call. We have everything you need to keep out these destructive home invaders and would be happy to lend you a helping hand.