Tips For Keeping Carpenter Ants Out Of Your Florida Home
Do you know what type of ant is inside your home? It can be hard to tell if you’re dealing with carpenter ants or a different kind and is why it’s important to take any ants you see seriously. Most ants are nuisance pests and contaminate food, but carpenter ants will also damage the stability of your home. The destruction that carpenter ants cause is similar to that of termites. They tunnel through wooden structures, hollowing them out and making them insecure. Learn more about how carpenter ants damage Florida homes.
Ant infestations can occur year-round here in Florida, which is why preventative measures are necessary. At this time of year, it is particularly important to actively defend your home. The warmer the weather, the more mobile ants become. Given that it’s June, we’re going to see an increase in carpenter ants over the next few months. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to put preventative steps in place for the summer.
Prevention Tips for Florida Homeowners
- Tip #1: Fix leaks
Carpenter ants will look for soft, damp wood first because it’s easier to tunnel through.
- Tip #2: Repairs
Stopping leaks isn’t always enough. It is a good idea to replace wood that is already damaged.
- Tip #3: Remove food sources
Carpenter ants do not eat wood the way termites do. They tunnel into wooden structures to build nests but obtain their food elsewhere, like your kitchen or trash. Make sure food and trash bins are well-sealed.
- Tip #4: Seal gaps/cracks
Sealing openings can prevent carpenter ants from getting into your home to start with and using it as a nesting place.
- Tip #5: Moist lawns/debris
If carpenter ants are in your yard, chances are they’ll enter your home next. Wooden debris such as fallen trees, logs, and stumps can all be attractants to carpenter ants. Removing and cleaning up the yard can help keep them away. Keep your firewood up off the ground and away from your home.
- Tip #6: Trim back shrubs away from buildings
Trim back tree branches and bushes that allow easy access for ants to crawl onto your siding and roof. It can also be helpful to have a foot of crushed stone around your home.
When carpenter ants invade properties in Florida, Keller’s Pest Control is here to stop them in their tracks. With over 20 years of experience and over 5,000 pest-free homes, you can trust us to get the job done right. Avoid the destruction caused by carpenter ants and give us a call today. We offer both residential and commercial services. If you live in Bradenton or Southwest Florida, contact Keller’s Pest Control today.