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How To Identify And Get Rid Of A Carpenter Ant Infestation In The Woodlands

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Many people would love to live in The Woodlands. We have hiking, the Waterway promenade, golfing, and much more. We are a vacation destination for those wanting to enjoy a break from the big city. Living in The Woodlands has its privileges and challenges.

One challenge is our long seasons of warmth that attract pests creating problems for many Woodlands homeowners. While we sit inside our screened-in porches, sipping tea and enjoying a summer's breeze, carpenter ants may be busy slowly destroying the structure underneath. Combating pests in The Woodlands means securing The Woodlands pest control team from All-Safe Pest & Termite. We are your local five-star rated experts in carpenter ants who will eliminate the problem from your home.

How To Tell If The Ants In Your Home Are Carpenter Ants

Detection of carpenter ants in The Woodlands can be difficult, but these signs indicate their presence:

  • Tiny openings on wood surfaces
  • Sawdust-like shavings near the small openings
  • Small pieces of insulation near the tiny openings
  • Body parts of dead carpenter ants
  • Groups of worker carpenter ants
  • Winged ants (swarmers) around the home beginning in late winter through spring

Because carpenter ants prefer rotting wood, look for these signs of black carpenter ants in your home in areas where there is moist, rotting wood. 

A Carpenter Ant Infestation Can Cause Many Problems Around Your Home

Unlike dry wood or subterranean termites that eat wood, carpenter ants in your house do not consume wood; instead, they bore smooth tunnels through the wood to create nests. The sawdust-like shavings outside the openings are from the excavation for their clean, well-sanded tunnels.

The amount of damage from carpenter ants depends on the size of the colony of ants; the more ants in the nest, the more damage. The growth of a carpenter ant colony takes many years, but a mature nest may have up to 10,000 carpenter ants. Evidence of harm to structures often takes years to manifest itself. 

Factors That Attract Carpenter Ants To Your Home

A colony of carpenter ants in your home is likely a satellite nest of a carpenter ant nest on your Woodlands property. The following attracts carpenter ants to your property:

  • Rotten tree stumps or logs
  • Firewood stored on the ground near the structure
  • Decaying wooden fence posts
  • Moist, rotting wood in contact with the soil

Carpenter ant treatment involves taking steps to address these problems on your property. 

How To Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants In Your Home For Good

If you see carpenter ant swarmers on your Woodlands property and other signs of infestation, remove rotting tree stumps and logs within 100 yards of your home. Store firewood away from the house and elevate it to allow airflow to prevent moisture buildup. Inspect the firewood for carpenter ants before bringing it into the home. Replace rotting fence posts and any decaying wood on the property with pressure-treated wood where it comes into contact with the soil. Add metal flashing around any wood structure on the property where it comes into contact with the ground and paint exterior wood structures.

A necessary step for getting rid of carpenter ants is to partner with All-Safe Pest & Termite. Our award-winning service teams take an environmentally safe approach to stopping carpenter ants. Because we have been eradicating pests from The Woodland Homes since 1984, we have the experience, tools, and knowledge for a successful outcome.

Contact us and let us inspect your property, create a customized strategy, identify preventative measures, and stop the carpenter ant infestation on your Woodland property. By working together, you can enjoy relaxing on your porch because carpenter ants are not slowly destroying the structure underneath your feet!

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