What Gainesville Homeowners Need To Know About Carpenter Ants

January 15, 2021

Most ants are small and cause trouble by stealing food and disturbing homeowners, but carpenter ants are bigger and don’t stop at just raiding your pantries and bothering you while you are going about your day. These destructive little insects love contaminating food and chewing nests into structures of wood. One big problem that comes with carpenter ants is that they are just as likely to build their colonies into a rotting log as they would be your home. To help you fight back against these property wrecking insects, here are a few things every Gainesville homeowner should know.

carpenter ant in a flower garden

Carpenter ants are sneaky

When carpenter ants invade a property, they do so quietly. Yes, you might see one of these pests crawling around inside your kitchen, but if you don’t know how to identify it, you will have no idea its friends are chewing their way through your home. That will only be apparent if the damage becomes clear enough or if you’re able to identify carpenter ants by their features. Here are some notable features to keep in mind. 
Carpenter ants are 3/16 to ⅓” long, reddish-black, and has a larger head than most ants. Once a year, nests of carpenter ants produce what are called swarmers. These winged carpenter ants are typically larger, growing to be upwards of ¾” in total body length, and are often found buzzing around infested homes.

Carpenter ants breed fast

It takes roughly three to six years for a fresh colony to become stable. This may seem like a long time, but this is the difference between a few dozen carpenter ants and over 10,000 active members. Eggs laid by queen ants lay take 6 to 12 weeks to mature into adults. These adults dig more tunnels through wood and open up more space for more carpenter ants. As time goes on, the damage becomes worse, carpenter ant colonies expand, and you’ll have to foot the growing repair bill.

Carpenter ants can be prevented

When it comes to picking a place to build, carpenter ants are a bit picky. For one, these pests can only tunnel through wood that is softened by rot, decay, or water damage. To reduce your home’s chances of a carpenter ant invasion, here are a few strategies our experts recommend:

  • Remove fallen trees and stumps from your yard.
  • Repair damage to the structural wood of your home. Make sure it is in good condition and properly treated.
  • Trim back bushes, branches, and other greenery away from your home’s exterior so that light can shine down and keep it dry.
  • Make sure your gutters are properly channeling water away from your home.
  • Fix leaky piping and fixtures around your home.
  • Use a dehumidifier indoors.
  • Keep your home and yard clean.
  • Store firewood and untreated lumber at least 30 feet from your home’s exterior.

Your best option to handle carpenter ants is to call in a professional

As difficult as carpenter ants are to prevent, they are much more difficult to eliminate. If you suspect these pests are causing trouble around your Gainesville, GA home, let the professionals at Alternative Pest Control have a look. We will evaluate your pest problems and implement a plan of action to solve them quickly. 
With advanced solutions, highly trained technicians, and a cutting edge approach to pest control, you can trust we are the right choice for the job. Contact our team today to learn more and have your home treated for carpenter ants.

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