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Signs of Carpenter Ants

If you suspect Wood Destroying Insects, have your home inspected. Carpenter Ants damage a home by chewing out the wood and use the tunnels as shelters in which to breed and raise their colonies. Worker ants gnaw out tunnels to house the colony.

They don't use the wood as food, the way termites do. Sometimes homeowners will discover piles of coarse sawdust either inside or beside their house. The piles often look like a cone-shaped pile accumulating just below the nest entrance or hole. This pile may include, in addition to the wood fragments, other debris from the nest, including bits of soil, dead ants, parts of insects and remnants of eaten food.

But more often the carpenter ant does its damage without anyone noticing. That's because the "evidence" is often hidden in places such as: behind insulation in basements where there may be dampness from improper flashing of stairs or decks; around or in back of dishwashers that may be harboring moisture and behind siding that is hidden or covered by shrubs that are too close to the home.

Carpenter ants usually become pests when they come into houses because they are foraging there for food. If their "food" is available near or in your home (other living and dead insects, sweets, meats, and fats) then they may decide to stay, and build tunnels or "ant galleries" in the wood in your home. They also like damp or decayed areas that provide a water source and ease of entry.

Features_of_Carpenter_AntsBelow are measures you can take to prevent Carpenter Ant infestation:

If your home is infested with carpenter ants you should: either call a pest control company, or, you could do it yourself. If you decide to treat the problem yourself, visit a hardware-type store and ask for a salesperson who is well versed in pesticides to make recommendations on what product(s) you should use for a carpenter ant infestation. Be sure to thoroughly read the instruction labels and properly protect yourself during the application process. If you decide to call a pest control company, the good news is, a carpenter ant treatment is usually much less expensive than a termite treatment.

Remember, a homeowner must follow up treatment with the elimination of moisture and food source, and implementation of preventative measures mentioned above.

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