Now that the cost of building materials is finally starting to come down, many local home owners are tackling the repair and renovation projects that got put on pause during the pandemic. If you’ve recently done renovations and are now discovering signs of pest activity in your home, here’s what you should know:
Pests can travel on building materials.
If you’ve run down to the local home improvement store to pick up a dozen two-by-fours, ants and spiders were probably the last thing on your mind. But the fact is, despite the best efforts of the building materials supply chains, insects do occasionally make it all the way from the forest through the lumber mill into the retail setting before winding up in the customer’s home. Lumber is the most common culprit, but other home improvement supplies, including mulch, drywall, and even gravel can bring pests into your household.
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Look out for Carpenter Ants.
Because Carpenter Ants nest in wood, they’re among the most common pests to find in the home after renovation projects. Carpenter Ants are large black ants that occasionally have wings. Signs you have Carpenter Ants in your property include seeing the ants, small piles of what looks like fine sawdust, and, once a large colony has been established, a chewing sound coming from inside the walls.
Are Carpenter Ants a Serious Problem?
As a Middleboro pest control service, we can tell you the answer to that question is an unqualified yes. Carpenter Ants can do serious damage to your home in a relatively short period of time. Because they eat into the wooden structure of your home to create space for their nests and for nurseries for their young, Carpenter Ants can significantly weaken the integrity of your home’s floors, walls, or roof.
Professional exterminators eliminate Carpenter Ants quickly and completely. Because the most probable source of the Carpenter Ant infestation was the building materials coming into the home, this type of pest problem is not likely to recur, but the exterminator will work with you to identify and eliminate any other possible areas vulnerable to carpenter ant intrusion.