If you have spent any time at all in our beautiful state of Florida, chances are you have run into ants. There are many species and varieties. We have covered many ants in the past, everything from tiny black ants that move very fast to red fire ants that bite. Today we will be tackling a different kind of ant, the so-called Carpenter Ant.
No this ant doesn’t make great furniture out of wood like its name may imply. Instead, this ant is very good at chewing through wood making holes in it where it can live and breed. Unlike termites, this insect does not consume the wood. It simply chews through it and discards it.
As many as 20% of ant-related pest calls are because of Carpenter Ants. These insects chomp away at your home’s structure during the day but mostly at night when it is cooler and you are asleep.
Sometimes homeowners are not even aware of the infestation until the ant has done significant damage. That is why it important to be proactive with this species. You should have an inspection done every so often to preserve the value and stability of your home.
Carpenter Ants are so comfortable in Florida they even have their own species named after the state: The Florida Carpenter Ant (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Subfamily Formicinae: Tribe Camponotini)
They eat protein and sugars like many other ant species. There is a chance they are eating any crumbs you have lying around. They have been known to get into bags of pet food as well. This is why it is a good idea to use air-tight containers for any type if food and that includes pet food.
They also eat saps from trees, nectar from flowers, dead insects or just about anything they can get their tiny little legs on.
Basically trees around your home may be what attracted them there in the first place. But the Carpenter Ant spreads very quickly thanks to a winged version of the ant which will fly to a new location and set up shop.
Once they find the wood structure of your home, its on like Donkey Kong. You can have this wood treated to prevent these ants from ever taking home. Call us today to find out how.
Your pest control specialist will lay out the very best plan for you to approach your Carpenter Ant problem. Once the infestation is killed, you may need to hire a professional contractor to repair the damage. Then your pest control specialist in Melbourne – Viera – Palm Bay – Titusville – Rockledge can secure the wood to prevent re-infestation.