What Can A Homeowner Do To Prevent Carpenter Ant Infestations?

bathtubAt the top of the list is eliminating sources of moisture. In all likelihood, if a home has a carpenter ant problem, it usually has a water-related problem as well that has caused decaying or mold-infested wood that has attracted the ants.

Nests are commonly found:

To effectively control carpenter ants over the long term, it's essential to locate and eradicate their nests, replace any damaged or decayed wood, and address underlying moisture issues. Without addressing these factors, re-infestation is likely to occur, leading to ongoing problems for homeowners. When dealing with any pest issue, the homeowner's primary goal should be to implement necessary changes to minimize the risk of re-infestation and mitigate its severity if it does occur. A pest control professional can collaborate with homeowners to identify and implement these changes effectively. Ultimately, prevention is the key to managing carpenter ant infestations successfully. Some of the key areas are to:

Finally, landscaping must be done with an eye toward minimizing the possible nesting sites of the ants. Piles of decorative bark are one of the prime sources for carpenter ant colonies and, even though it may be aesthetically attractive, it must be kept at a minimum for at-risk homes on wooded lots. Stacking firewood against a home is always a bad idea and can lead to problems. If the wood happens to be infested, the home will be infested. Firewood should be stacked away from the house in a shelter to keep it dry.

By being proactive in caring for one’s home and surrounding property, homeowners can take important steps that will significantly reduce the likelihood of a carpenter ant infestation. But if there is a carpenter ant infestation, contact a pest control professional immediately. Otherwise, the colony will continue to expand and cause even more damage. A licensed, reputable, experienced pest control operator can handle the infestation quickly and cost-effectively.

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