How To Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants On Your Naples Property

11/5/2021

As a Naples, FL homeowner, you’re probably familiar with the serious dangers of termites. But did you know there’s another pest that can pose just as significant a threat as termites?

Contrary to what you might think, certain types of ants – specifically carpenter ants – can do just as much damage as any termite infestation. And since they don’t eat wood but prefer to eat many of the same foods that people do, you might be attracting them even if you take preventative measures to keep out termites. Fortunately, with a few additional steps, you can make your anti-termite measures, anti-carpenter ant too. 

carpenter ants crawling on the ground

Big Ants, Bigger Problems

Carpenter ants are on the larger side for ants. These ants can be up to half an inch long and usually are solid black. Seeing one carpenter ant in your house once in a blue moon isn’t typically cause for concern. These ants can travel a considerable distance from their nests while foraging for food. If a carpenter ant happens to wander into your house because it smells the pie cooling on your windowsill, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a carpenter ant problem. However, if you start seeing big black ants in your house regularly, you should begin to be concerned.

Carpenter ant foraging gives you an advantage that you don’t have with a termite infestation – you can catch it earlier. Unlike carpenter ants, termites eat the wood they tunnel through. That means you might never see worker or soldier termites. But you will see worker carpenter ants. This gives you the ability to realize there’s a problem before the ants do too much damage. And they will do damage.

Dangers Of Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants may not eat wood, but they can tunnel right through it. They sometimes dig hundreds of feet of tunnels through the wooden frame of your home. This can weaken the wood’s internal structure and lead to severe damage, including:

  • Warped walls

  • Sagging ceilings

  • Buckled floors

  • Windows and doors that don’t fit in their frames

  • Loose or decaying decking and railing

If you start to notice any damage like this, it’s crucial to contact professional help right away to determine if you have termites or carpenter ants and how to get rid of the infestation.

What To Do About Carpenter Ants

Because these ants prefer rotten and damage-softened wood, some of your termite prevention methods could also help you keep away ants. Storing firewood away from your home and off the ground can help you avoid attracting carpenter ants, as can trimming back trees and brush away from your house.

Making sure all the wood in your home is in working order is another suitable prevention method. Carpenter ants want to nest in the wood that’s easiest to tunnel through, so ensuring the wood in your house is dry and hard is an excellent way to make them move on. You also need to make sure your property doesn’t have a lot of rotting trees and logs.

General ant prevention is the other way to keep carpenter ants away:

  • Store all foods in airtight containers or the fridge at all times. 

  • Clean up immediately after meals. 

  • Never leave pet foods or dirty pet bowls sitting out. 

  • Keep garbage tightly covered both indoors and outdoors. 

If you suspect you have a carpenter ant infestation, you will need to act immediately. Carpenter ant nests propagate themselves, so the longer you wait, the larger and more complex the infestation will be. Fortunately, here at Keller’s Pest Control, we can handle any size carpenter ant infestation – so let us protect your home from their damage. Give us a call or visit our contact page to get started on our effective home pest control services.

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