Pest Spotlight: Combatting Carpenter Ants In Plymouth
Most homes here in Plymouth provide for more than just one individual. If you have a family or even a pet, you know what we are talking about. But did you know that some residential properties in our area provide shelter for thousands? No, we are not talking about people, but rather pests. Carpenter ants in particular invade homes en masse. They do this to find a permanent source of shelter. If you do not like the idea of these creatures turning your home into their own breeding ground, we have some things you need to know. Here are some secrets about combatting carpenter ants in Plymouth and the best way to keep these pests out year-round. Call Combat Pest Control if you would like to know about our options for pest control in Plymouth or if you would like to make an appointment to get rid of carpenter ants in your home.
How To Identify A Carpenter Ant
Carpenter ants are at the same time more and less difficult to identify than other species of ants in our area. On one side, after they have established a presence indoors, notable signs of damage may occur, indicating the problems these ants are causing. On the other hand, these pests are not as likely to crawl around inside your living areas as other ants. Keeping this in mind, identify a carpenter ant by its ⅗” long, red, black, or red and black body, and its larger head and mandibles. To find out if your home has an active infestation, let us help. We know how to identify the signs of carpenter ants and can quickly find out and let you know if these pests are causing trouble inside or around your Plymouth home.
How And Why Carpenter Ants Damage Your Home
Carpenter ants are not like termites. They do not eat the wood they tunnel through. The reason carpenter ants tunnel into wood is to build their nests. These nests can be small or they can be massive, sprawling all throughout a home. The only thing that limits growth is access to food nearby. If you didn’t know, carpenter ants feed on honeydew, fruit juices, insects, and other similar items. They find these things all around properties and will occasionally come indoors to hunt for items that humans eat. If you are looking to avoid the damage that these pests cause, you have to have some form of ant pest control in place to stop them from invading.
Effective Carpenter Ant Prevention Tips
Unfortunately, there is no carpenter ant spray that will magically keep these pests away from your home. At least there isn’t one that will work perfectly by spraying it around. To prevent these pests on your own, the best option you have is exclusion.
Here are a few tips and tricks to consider to help you deter an infestation inside your home.
- Seal gaps and cracks around your home’s exterior.
- Repair damage to exterior windows and doors.
- Replace structural wood that is water-damaged.
- Remove clutter from around your yard and store wood piles at least 30 feet away from your home’s exterior.
- Keep your living areas clean and tidy.
For more help with deterring a carpenter ant infestation, talk with our team about our professional options.
The Most Effective Carpenter Ant Control In Plymouth
Professional carpenter ant control will always be the best way to deter and eliminate these pests here in Plymouth. Whether you think you are dealing with an active infestation or you are trying to deter future problems with these pests, we are here to help.
Contact Combat Pest Control now to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Plymouth and to find a plan that will solve your issues with carpenter ants and other invasive species.