Manage Carpenter Ant Control to Prevent an Invasion
With a busy lifestyle, the last thing you want to be dealing with is an ant invasion. Carpenter Ants are on the larger side, and range from 1/4 to 1/2 inch long – but that doesn’t mean they’re any easier to spot. Make sure ant control is part of your pest prevention plan.
There are four common species of Carpenter Ants, and they can be found all throughout the United States. Their coloring varies from yellow to black, but they are most commonly dark. Even though there are different species, they have similar habits and can be managed in similar ways.
You’re most likely to encounter Carpenter Ants if you live in a wooded, rural area. This is due to the fact that these ants like to nest in decayed wood. Although they do not eat wood, they prefer wood that has been damaged by other insects or has been decayed by moisture.
Carpenter Ant colonies are smaller and take ample time to grow. Nonetheless, it’s important to get a grasp on the colony before it has time to increase in size. Stable and mature colonies typically have a parent nest outdoors in trees or other wooded areas, while satellite nests can be found in wall voids or other indoor locations. This means if you find a colony in your house, there’s likely a larger parent nest somewhere nearby that’s responsible.
Sugary liquids are the typical diet of Carpenter Ants. However, their protein consumption increases during the summer (when reproduction rates are high). You won’t find these critters moving about your house during the day, because they’re nocturnal. They search for food and are active only throughout the night.
No matter the type of ants, taking the right precautionary steps are key to proper ant control. As an easy rule of thumb for keeping ants out of your house, keep plants one foot away from the perimeter of your home. Seal cracks and crevices wherever possible, especially since ants are so small. To protect from Carpenter Ants specifically, free your home of any damaged structural wood and remove decaying wood from your yard.
If you already have an infestation on your hands, take control with the help of Combat Baits and Gels. Combat kills from the source, unlike spray insecticides. Don’t take any risks when it comes to pest infestations; kill one, destroy them all.