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What Kind Of Damage Can
Carpenter Ants Cause?
Of all the different species of ants, carpenter ants rank among the most undesirable by many homeowners. Given the potential harm they can cause to wooden structures in particular, we certainly understand why. Knowing what kind of damage carpenter ants can cause, and where they are most likely to be found, will hopefully help you to react more effectively in case of an ant invasion.
Carpenter Ants: Where Can They Be Found?
As their name suggests, carpenter ants can be found in the frames of homes and commercial buildings. However, they are particularly attracted to damp wood. For example, firewood represents an ideal nesting place for carpenter ants. Consequently, when they are present in the wood structure of a home, this may be a sign of an underlying moisture problem. So if you notice a carpenter ant in your house, it is recommended to look out for any source of water infiltration at the same time.
In addition to wooden structure, this type of ant can sometimes also be found in a building's insulation materials.
Main Damage Caused By Carpenter Ants
Although they do not actually feed on wood, carpenter ants do dig some tunnels inside wood. This is why you may notice the presence of sawdust in your house if carpenter ants invade. Because of these tunnels, and the fact that carpenter ant colonies can number in the thousands, it becomes quite easy to understand how the structural damage caused can go as far as weakening a building's frame.
How To Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants?
Because of the serious risks associated with structural wood damage caused by the excessive presence of these undesirable ants, the intervention of a professional exterminator is strongly recommended. Through a comprehensive approach, including a detailed analysis of the situation, regular visits and a re-treatment service if necessary, our pest control experts can help you keep those carpenter ants out of your home !
With a better understanding of the damage that carpenter ants can cause to the structure of a building, it becomes easier to see why the services of a qualified exterminator should be called in as soon as you suspect the presence of these tiny creatures inside your walls.