Carpenter Ants are a structurally wood-boring insect found in and around homes where there might be an abundance of trees, foliage, stored firewood, old trees, stumps or wet wood.
Carpenter Ant Nests have been found behind bathroom tiles; around tubs, sinks, showers, and dishwashers; under roofing, in attic beams, and under subfloor insulation; and in hollow spaces such as doors, curtain rods, and wall voids. Carpenter Ants may also nest in foam insulation. Carpenter ants are 1/4″ to 3/4″ in length, and are usually black in colour. “Big and black” are the two common most terms homeowners use to describe Carpenter Ants.
In the home, people may notice signs of damage by seeing actual holes in wood, especially structural posts or beams or by seeing a sawdust-like material. Carpenter ants damage wood by excavating and creating galleries and tunnels. The damage Carpenter Ants cause to wood structures is variable. The longer a colony is present in a structure, the greater the damage that can be done. If structural wood is weakened, Carpenter ant damage can be severe. An important method for preventing indoor carpenter ant problems is to eliminate high moisture conditions that are attractive to them. Also, replace any moisture-damaged wood. Be careful that wood or lumber that is stored in a garage or near the house is kept dry and, if possible, elevated to allow air circulation.
In order to eliminate indoor Carpenter Ant nests, you need to locate and destroy their nest. To locatethe nest, carefully and patiently observe theactions of the worker ants, especially between sunset and midnight, and during spring and summer months when the worker carpenter ants are most active.
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