Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Bill Cowley
Carpenter ants are a common complaint to hear from homeowners in the spring. This spring, in particular, carpenter ant calls have been plentiful. I attribute this to the wet weather we are having as well as the harsh winter we just came away from. Weather plays a large part in carpenter ant activity. Carpenter ants come out in search of moisture. Typical areas of your home that you may discover carpenter ant activity include any area of moisture or damp wood such as:
A homeowner can identify an ant as a carpenter ant by looking for the following characteristics:
Spring is a common season for carpenter ant activity inside a home. For long-term control you must locate the nest, determining whether it is inside or outside. It is very common for carpenter ants to nest in trees or other wet wood sources outdoors but forage for food and moisture inside. If you are noticing large numbers of carpenters inside your home or noticing them during the winter months then there is a good chance that the nest is indeed indoors. If the nest is outdoors, you must eliminate the moisture source inside the house that is attracting the ants into the home, such as repairing any leaky pipes or standing water.
Carpenter ants are a wood destroying insect and, if left untreated, carpenter ant infestations can become widespread weakening the wood within your home and resulting in costly repairs. If you notice carpenter ant activity in or around your home, contact us today for a free estimate. We service West Windsor, NJ and many neighboring areas.