Most people don’t know it but there are over 700 different species of ants in the United Sates alone. One other crazy ant fact is that if you took the weight of all the ants in the world they would be more than all the weight of the humans in the world. Ants even though they are so abundant on this planet most people don’t often view them as pest species. When in fact that ants are the number one pest species in the United States. Lucky for us most species of ants pose a little threat beyond annoyance, but Carpenter Ants are a different story.
Carpenter ants unlike other species of ant species can cause serious problems for property owners. Carpenter ants are called that because of their behavior were they excavate wood from various sources to build their nests. The behavior and damage is similar to that of termites, or other wood destroying insects. If Carpenter ants are not dealt with accordingly they can damage wood beyond repair, and harm the structural integrity of your property.
You may be wondering what can I do to prevent carpenter ants at my property? Here are some of the best tips to keep Carpenter ants from invading your property this year.
- Carpenter ants require a constant water source so remove moisture or standing water on your property to ensure they don’t develop. If your home is very damp consider using a dehumidifier to dry out your home.
- Trim branches and shrubs away from the home so that if the ants are inhabiting these things they do not move directly onto your property. Trees and shrubs that are connected to the home are direct gateways for carpenter ants into your home.
- Check for gaps or cracks in your homes walls or borders, these can be a big problem letting insects/pests into your home. Use silicone caulk to seal any breaches on the premier of your home to better protect your property from Carpenter ants.
- The biggest tip when protecting yourself from Carpenter ants is regularly inspecting your home especially the wood for signs of an infestation. Wood will appear darker and you will find sawdust or small opening on the surface of the wood if an infestation is present.
If you or someone you know is dealing with Carpenter ants, or any other pest you should always call a licensed processional like B&B Pest Control. At B&B Pest Control we can handle any pest problem you might have for your home, or business. We have been serving the greater Boston area for over 30 years, all while being family owned and operated. Contact B&B Pest Control today to find out how we can help you with all of your pest problems!
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