Another pest, another problem. What has wings, a heart-shaped head, and is dark brown or black in color? They’re not termites, they’re carpenter ants. As spring and warm air approaches, you may start to see more of these pesky creatures around your home.
Carpenter ants are a pain to deal with and can cause property damage leading to a heavy expense down the road. It’s better to try to prevent the problem before it arises or catch it as soon as possible.
Five Signs You Have Carpenter Ants
Unlike termites, carpenter ants chew their way through wood to create tunnels and build nests. Although they don’t eat wood like termites, the damage from carpenter ants can be extensive before it’s seen. If you’re able to find the problem early on, you can save yourself a lot of money and protect your property. Here’s how to spot them.
#1: Check for abandoned wings lying beside your baseboards and walls.
#2: Be on the lookout for winged ants.
#3: Look for trails of ants in your yard.
#4: Listen for faint noises coming from the walls.
#5: Check for wood shavings lying next to baseboards or wooden structures.
Damage from a carpenter ant can affect your wood flooring, wooden doors, and other wooden structures in/or surrounding your home.
How to Prevent Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants can make their way into your space through access points surrounding your home. They make their tunnels through decayed or water damaged woods. To prevent carpenter ants, an understanding of what draws the ants to your home is crucial.
- Fix any moisture problems and leaks.
- Dispose of damaged and water-damaged wood.
- Keep your kitchen clean to avoid carpenter ants contaminating or eating your food.
- Fix torn screens in windows or doors.
- Store firewood away from your home.
It may not always be possible to prevent carpenter ants from finding their way into your home. Call in an expert and get help from a pest control professional. Get a free estimate today.
Solve Your Pest Problem and Protect Your Home
If you don’t know how to fix your pest problem or simply don’t have the time to figure it out, Vulcan Termite and Pest Control, Inc. will quickly put our expertise to use to get your situation under control. Choose the most experienced exterminator in Birmingham, AL by contacting us today.