Carpenter ants. The name might sound harmless, even industrious. Yet, an infestation of these wood-destroying insects is anything but benign. At True Blue Termite and Pest Control, we want to emphasize the severity of a carpenter ant infestation and what could happen if you ignore it.
Unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat wood; instead, they carve out galleries or tunnels inside it to build their nests. This characteristic behavior can pose a significant threat to the structural integrity of your home if left untreated.
The Impact of a Carpenter Ant Infestation
- Structural Damage. Carpenter ants burrow into wood to build their nests, which can cause extensive damage over time. They prefer damp, decaying wood, but they won’t shy away from dry, sound wood either. If the infestation is left unaddressed, this can lead to severe structural damage requiring costly repairs.
- Large Colonies. A carpenter ant colony can grow exponentially, housing thousands of ants. The more ants, the more extensive the damage. They can also establish satellite colonies, spreading the destruction throughout your property.
- Risk of Injury. In extreme cases, the structural damage caused by carpenter ants can lead to sudden and unexpected collapses, potentially causing injury to the home’s inhabitants.
Ignoring a carpenter ant infestation can lead to significant consequences, making it vital to address the issue at the earliest signs.
Early Signs of an Infestation
If you see carpenter ants indoors, especially in colder months, it’s a likely sign of an indoor colony. Other signs include small piles of wood shavings, rustling sounds within walls, and trails of ants moving back and forth from a food source to their nest.
We have extensive experience in identifying and eliminating carpenter ant colonies. We use proven, environmentally friendly methods to ensure these pesky invaders are removed completely, protecting your home, and loved ones from the harm they can cause. Don’t let carpenter ants turn your property into their playground. Contact us today and let us help you maintain the integrity and safety of your home.