What To Do If You Spot Carpenter Ants On Your Santa Rosa Property

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Pest control in Santa Rosa is necessary for ants, contrary to what people say. These bugs are a threat to human health. Their skin has bacteria on it, and microbes exist in their saliva and waste, making food and surface contamination possible. You or someone else may contract salmonella, E. coli, or another illness. By and large, ants aren’t known for property damage, but some species are ruinous. The carpenter class will wreak havoc.

Carpenter ants can destroy wood, which means your home or business is at risk. Since these critters get in tiny holes and swiftly reproduce, keeping them away is a challenge. Learn more about appropriate ant control solutions now. You’ll have information to protect yourself. Armed Force Pest Control can help get rid of carpenter ants.

How To Identify A Carpenter Ant 

Carpenter ants visually stand apart from other species because they’re much larger. Typically, they’re 0.25 to 0.50 of an inch long. Regarding color, most are entirely black; however, some are orange, red, reddish-black, yellow, brown, or tan. Workers in the colony that break down wood have sizable mandibles. Swarmers, who have a procreative role, don wings. When the mating season begins, they’ll leave nests and begin new cocoons.

The tunnels and nests of carpenter ants impair wood. They usually go after decaying tree bark, lumber, and logs. Openings in foundations, utility lines, wires, and vents are how they penetrate domiciles and establishments. The bugs access rooflines by overhanging tree branches. A few things they eat are honeydew secretion from aphids, bugs, meat, proteins, sugary foods, and pet meals. Given their diet, having carpenter ants hints at a general pest problem.

Spotting A Carpenter Ant Is A Warning Sign Of A Problem

Your structural bases and walls will weaken as carpenter ants flourish; they could become unstable. The injury might not be evident to the eye until it’s too late. Termites might move faster, but these ants are just as dangerous; repairs will be equally pricey as well. Should you tap on affected foundations, the pests will come rushing out. Otherwise, you may not spot them. In addition to sightings, these are infestation signs:

  • Discovering mounds of wood shavings mixed with ant body parts

  • Finding the discarded wings of swarmers

  • Hearing soft noises behind walls 

  • Having walls that sound hollow

Contact professionals as soon as you notice these things. Don't take carpenter ant invasions lightly. 

The Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of A Carpenter Ant Infestation

“Do it yourself” ant control solutions and commercial insecticides are fashioned for brief use to kill small groups of bugs. Further, these items are generally high in price. They also can be too noxious for humans, domestic animals, and vegetation.

We at Armed Force Pest Control have effective industrial-grade solutions that are entirely safe. Our certified technicians will utilize liquid treatments, granular baits, and more. Call us today for a free quote!

How To Prevent Carpenter Ant Infestations In The Future

You can deter carpenter ants by doing the following:

  • Seal cracks in caulk, foundations, doors, windows, paneling, and utilities.

  • Attach weather stripping and sweeps to windows and doors. 

  • Fix leaks and moisture defects right away; begin with those wetting wood. 

  • Remove rotting trees and wood. 

  • Use airtight canisters for food and trash storage.

  • Thoroughly clean the kitchen and wash dishes regularly.  

  • Vacuum frequently.

  • Distance the greenery and free wood two feet from the property.

  • Contact Armed Force Pest Control if you have critters carpenter ants consume. 

No matter the species, Armed Force Pest Control can conquer ants for you. Reach out to us now!

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