Signs of Carpenter Ant Infestation
Swarms: When conditions are warm and humid, winged males and females participate in a nuptial flight. They emerge from their satellite nests and females mate with a number of males while in flight. The males will die after mating. These new fertilized queens will discard their wings and search for new areas to establish primary nests. New satellite nests will be established and the process will repeat itself.
Debris: Carpenter ants infesting wood in your home often leave behind a sawdust-like material that provides clues to their nesting location. Carpenter ant galleries in wood are smooth and very different from those made by termites, which have mud packed into the hollowed-out areas.
Prevention: The most important tip we can give you to prevent carpenter ants (and all insect pests) from infesting inside your home is to eliminate moisture and leaks. Repair all water leaks, no matter how small, and make sure outdoor water hoses/spouts are not leaking/dripping.
Keep gutters clean and flowing properly into drywells or far away from the house.
Keep a clean, organized home and remove food debris, crumbs, etc. from floors and behind furniture as often as possible.
Seal cracks and openings where ants are seen entering or exiting.
Treatment: Paramount Pest Management uses the latest innovations and technology to safely and effectively eliminate carpenter ants and stop them from damaging your home...and we don't stop there! We will also work with you to identify and correct the conditions that are attracting them and allowing them access into your home.
It all begins with a through inspection by our highly trained technicians to locate primary and satellite nests, inside and out. Once located, active nests are safely treated using materials that will kill ants on contact while also providing long-term residual control. In many instances we will inject small amounts of residual dust insecticide into infested wall voids through outlet and light switch openings. For heavy infestations, we may drill tiny holes in walls to inject dust between the framing.
AND REMEMBER: All of our ant management programs are backed by a re-treatment warranty protecting your home or business against
If you have or suspect a problem with ants in your home or business, please call the experts at Paramount Pest Management.
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Ant Solutions on Long Island, NYC, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens
Certain parts of a house, such as around and under windows, roof eaves, decks and porches, are more likely to be infested by carpenter ants because these areas are most vulnerable to moisture. Sometimes carpenter ants will hollow out sections of trees and infest wooden structures like sheds and barns.
Carpenter ants have been known to construct extensive underground tunneling systems. These systems often lead to and end at some food source – often aphid colonies, where the ants extract and feed on honeydew. These tunneling systems also often exist in trees. The colonies typically include a central "parent" colony surrounded and supplemented by smaller satellite colonies.
There are over a thousand species of ants, but the most likely species to be damaging your home is the Black Carpenter Ant. Among the largest of ants, these swift and hungry pests become active in the spring and live both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. Carpenter ants are a widespread nuisance and a major cause of structural damage to homes and other structures.
Carpenter ants create "galleries" inside wood grain to provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood. They only create tunnels and nests within it.