Carpenter ants can cause severe damage to your home if the problem is not treated quickly. Carpenter ants can be found on both the exterior and the interior of your home, and although carpenter ants are typically large in size and black in color, a Carpenter Ant Infestation can have ants of varying sizes. If you are noticing them in the house, chances are they have been nesting inside your home for a while, so one of the first steps in getting rid of carpenter ants is determining where they are nesting.
It is beneficial to make sure the type of ant you are having a problem with is a Carpenter Ant Infestation before you contact an exterminator, such as Triple AAA American Exterminators. If you notice a trail of small ants in the kitchen or bathroom, it may not be carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are very large and nocturnal, so you will typically see them at night or early in the morning. Carpenter ants have to have water to survive, so you will often find them in the sink, under the sink or in the bathtub as well as moist, damp areas, such as the basement or near drainage systems.
The only way to get rid of a carpenter ant infestation is with extermination. The majority of over-the-counter pesticides do not work, especially if the carpenter ants have already built extensive colonies inside the walls of your home. An exterminator is experienced in finding the colonies and using the correct treatment to get rid of the entire colony. In some situations, the pest control company may need to come out several times to completely get rid of the problem. If the infestation is severe, the pest control company may need to drill holes on the exterior of your home to spray the pesticide inside the walls to ensure the problem is taken care of.
There are a few ways to prevent carpenter ants from invading your home. For example, move any wood piles away from the structure of your home, and if you notice a colony of carpenter ants on the exterior of your home, contact a pest control company as soon as possible to get rid of them before they get into the walls of your home.