Three Easy-To-Spot Signs Of Carpenter Ants Around Your Wilmington Property
October 21, 2020
One thing that makes pests so complicated is that many have a number of subspecies. The average person would assume that there’s no difference between each type, with the exception of color, shape, and size. However, the reality is the opposite. Distinctions may and can exist within behavioral patterns, feeding habits, lifespan, and habitat. One of the more important characteristics is the risk level. Some classes may be relatively harmless, while others are dangerous.
Within ant populations, all are a hazard because they can spread germs. Tainting food and surfaces can easily happen. But a few species can damage property in addition. Carpenter ants are a prime example. These critters wreck wood to the point of being semi comparative to termites. Your Wilmington home or business could fall victim to these pests. Learn about the critical signs of infestation and what Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators can do to help.
Sign #1 Seeing Shed Swarmer Wings
Carpenter ants are significantly larger than most ants. They are ¼ to ½ of an inch long. In regard to color, they vary greatly. You can find them in brown, reddish-black, yellow, black, red, orange, and tan. Depending on their position in the colony, a carpenter ant may have separate features from others. For instance, workers have large mandibles in the front. Swarmers have wings. (This kind is responsible for reproduction.) When the time comes for them to mate, they fly from the nest. In the midst, they shed their scaly wings and leave them around.
Sign #2 Finding Piles Of Wood Shavings
The main objective of a carpenter ant is to dig tunnels and create nests in wood. Lumber, logs, and trees that are rotting or damp are ideal for their tunneling. As they shred the material, shavings will land in a pile outside of their target. Ant body parts may be mixed in with it.
Sign #3 Hearing Things Behind Walls
When carpenter ants enter a home or business, they’ll do so from the roof or through holes around utility lines, wires, vents, and foundations. The structures they inhabit will be weakened from the inside, out. The physical injury will be visible in due time. Like termites, these ants stay undercover, hiding behind walls. You might hear their rustling or a hollowness when you knock on a foundation.
Carpenter Ant Prevention & Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators Elimination Services
You can ward off carpenter ants by taking these steps:
- Close openings around pipes, paneling, windows, doors, and foundations.
- Put weather-stripping around doors and windows and sweeps under doors leading outside.
- Fix leaks and any moisture problems dampening wood.
- Get rid of decaying wood and trees.
- Put food and garbage in airtight containers.
- Clean your kitchen thoroughly and often.
- Distance greenery and wood from the property.
- Contact Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators if other pests that carpenter ants consume are hanging around.
If all else fails with your deterrence efforts, we at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators are just a call and/or email away. We’ve been in operation for over 20 years and have enjoyed great success. One reason for this is that we offer affordable plans that keep the regional climate and pests in mind. You won’t have to worry if relevant critters will be included, because they will. You can choose to have monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly visits. You’ll have the coverage you need.
Other important factors for us are professional and effective treatments. Our technicians are highly knowledgeable. They will skillfully utilize our advanced solutions and equipment. Our products are safe and specially designed. Carpenter ants won’t stand a chance. Protect your residence! Guard your business interests. Reach out today. You'll receive a no-obligation inspection when you do!