How To Tell If Your Bradenton Property Has Carpenter Ants
One day, you notice smooth boreholes on your deck. A small dusting of sawdust lies at the base of the hole. Listening closely, you can hear a dull scratching noise coming from inside. Have you encountered this around your Bradenton home? You might be dealing with a carpenter ant invasion.
Carpenter Ants Are Destructive Insects
Ants are the number one reported nuisance pest according to the National Association of Pest Management. But carpenter ants aren’t just a nuisance, they are the most dangerous ants to have inside your home. Carpenter ants, like termites, target wood. These ants tunnel through wood to build their nests, leaving piles of sawdust particles in their wake. Carpenter ant colonies can contain 10,000 to 50,000 workers. Given enough time, they can cause structural damage to your home as they tunnel through support beams and frames. That’s why looking out for signs of carpenter ant activity is so important. Learn these signs to protect your Bradenton home.
Signs Of Carpenter Ants
Tell-tale signs of carpenter ants are smoothly bored holes on wood surfaces and piles of tiny wood shavings. Carpenter ants are included in the category of sugar ants because of their attraction to sweets. They may take breaks from boring through the wood in your home to snack on grease, meats, or sweets in the kitchen. Carpenter ants, which are larger than other ants, can sometimes be heard faintly rustling inside the walls. If you see any of these signs, it is time to call the professionals at Keller’s Pest Control.
Winter brings cooler temperatures, which often slows an ant colony’s activity down. That doesn’t mean they leave your home. Often, they will hunker down in their nests until warmer temperatures arrive. Then, they will pick up their activity as before. In warm and moist areas of the southeast, like Florida, carpenter ants can be active year-round, posing even more risk to your home.
Preventing Carpenter Ants
The best way to manage carpenter ants is to stop them before they gain entrance to your home. Carpenter ants are between ½” and 5/8” in size, which makes it easy for them to slip through cracks in flooring and foundations or through gaps around windows or doors. Once they’re in your house, carpenter ants create their nests inside your home and create more ants!
Carpenter ants need water and food to survive. They often look for wood that is damp or rotting or for areas with standing water. Keller’s Pest Control recommends these tips for keeping carpenter ants from entering and nesting in your Bradenton home.
- Seal any spaces around doors and windows with caulking. Test to make sure you’ve sealed the openings properly. If light can’t get through, you have a good seal.
- Make sure there are no cracks or spaces around the foundation, especially around utility openings. Fill them when necessary.
- Eliminate moisture from your home by using fans or dehumidifiers.
- Fix any leaks around your home as soon as possible.
- Keep areas free from food particles by frequently wiping down countertops, sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping.
- Clear outside areas of moist debris like wood or mulch piles as these are prime habitats for carpenter ants.
If you see any signs of carpenter ants around your home, it’s time to call the professionals at Keller’s Pest Control. Our team of professionals provides thorough pest control services that can rid your Bradenton home of these damaging pests. We won’t stop until your home is free from carpenter ants. That’s our guarantee.