Carpenter ants are widely misunderstood creatures that commonly - and incorrectly - receive the same blame for structural damage as termites. However, the truth is that carpenter ants are only attracted to wood with existing damage. By understanding exactly what draws carpenter ants into your home, you can better understand how to tackle an infestation.
A Quick Introduction to Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are one of multiple varieties of ants found in Florida. The specific type of one that lives in the Sunshine State is known as either the Buckley or the Emery based upon body structure. As the largest ants found in Florida, carpenter ants are hard to miss as they forage or fly indoors and outdoors.
Unlike the wood-damaging black carpenter ant found in Florida’s panhandle, the Buckley and Emery carpenter ants simply seek out existing rotten wood for their nests. They also love sweets and will forage at night for any signs of remaining sugar and moisture in a household. Since carpenter ants forage in large numbers, this can be incredible unsettling for homeowners. Contrary to popular belief, these ants cannot sting. The most they will do is pinch slightly with their mandibles, but even that isn’t likely.
Carpenter Ant Control
If you have an infestation of carpenter ants in your Florida home, you might find them indoors or outdoors. Interior nesting sites commonly include wall voids, under attic insulation, under bath tubs, in wood furniture, and around skylights and windows. Frequent exterior nesting sites include old dry wood termite galleries and wood objects that have sustained rotting damage.
DIY eradication of these are not recommended due to their nature. It is best to hire a pest control company experienced in directly treating ant nesting sites. By targeting the nest, the brood, queen, and workers can be killed at one time. This requires watching for trailing ants during their peak foraging hours in order to follow them to their nests. It is important to only use a small amount of insecticidal dust or spray, as too much can actually make the issue worse.
Eco-Friendly Ant Removal in Tampa Bay
Ant removal takes an experienced eye and practiced patience. By trusting your carpenter ant removal with a professional from Green Solutions Lawn Care and Pest Solutions, you will know that we are tracing ants to their source and removing them accordingly. As a result, the ant infestation will be eliminated and you can regain control over your environment. Call (813) 684-7336 today to get the pest control help you need.