Hulett Environmental Services recommend the following tips to keep these pests outdoors where they belong:
Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with caulk. Pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well trimmed.
Consider partnering with a licensed pest professional to identify pest problems and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.
We also encourage homeowners to eliminate all moisture sites, as some pests such as termites and carpenter ants are specifically attracted to this element. Once inside, both of these pests can cause extensive damage to homes.
Here in Florida, carpenter ants are prevalent, and can sometimes wreak havoc on wooden structures, not because they eat wood, but because they bore through it when making tunnels from which to forage food. At the first sign of carpenter ants, you’ll need to contact pest control in Palm Beach.
Identifying Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are generally larger than other species of ants, being anywhere from 3/8” to 1/2″ in length. Workers may be solid black, solid red or a combination of red and black. The queen is somewhat larger than the other ants in her colony, and can sometimes be as long as one inch. Reproductive males and females are around 3/4“ long, and are outfitted with clear wings.
A carpenter ant’s body is characterized by a thorax, which is the area between the head and abdomen that is rounded and generally smooth without any lines or ridges on it. Its antennae are also bent at an angle.
Signs of Infestation
If your home is infested with carpenter ants, you might notice large numbers of them crawling on wooden surfaces. There could also be small holes bored into your walls, windowsills or the foundation of your home. Directly beneath these holes, you may discover what appears to be small piles of sawdust. You may be able to hear carpenter ants by placing a stethoscope next to your wall. Ants are more likely to be active during the summer months, and they tend to forage for food at night more often than they do in the daytime.
Carpenter ants can nest in a number of areas of your home including inside foam insulation, underneath sinks, behind shower tiles, or near toilets and bathtubs. Finding their nests and successfully eliminating them requires the service of an experienced exterminator. If you’ve noticed carpenter ants in your home, don’t wait until damage has already been done- contact us right away instead.