You know how to recognize cockroaches, fire ants, and other pests, but those aren’t the only ones you need to worry about in your home. Carpenter ants make tunnels in wood and can cause severe damage to your house before you even know there’s a problem. Here are some ways to recognize a carpenter ant infestation in your home:
Seeing carpenter ants in your home may seem like clear sign that you have an infestation, but that’s not necessarily the case. After all, worker ants can forage quite a ways looking for food. However, if you’re seeing lots of winged ants emerging from crevices, ceilings, etc. you know you have a problem. Trust us, it’s hard to mistake the sight of hundreds of these pests pouring out of your wood! But if you’re at all uncertain, be sure to call Progressive. Our highly trained Registered Operators will make sure to determine whether you have foragers or an infestation.
Unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat wood. Therefore, you may see piles of wood shavings underneath wooden items. If you get a chance to investigate the tunnels themselves, you’ll know that they’ve been made by carpenter ants, rather than termites, if they are clean and polished inside. If you have an infestation of carpenter ants, it’s likely a sign that you also have water damage, or even fungus in your wood, since they seek out wood that’s already softened.
Don’t panic if you notice carpenter ants in your home. Call Progressive Pest Control right away to deal with these pests!