Summer is ant season here in the South Shore. Particularly active this year – carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are the big black ants that eat the wooden structure of your home, garage and outbuildings. Pro tip from your South Shore exterminators – take the time, now, to inspect your garage, sheds, and other outbuildings for signs of carpenter ant activity. Because we’re not in these spaces as frequently as we are in our homes, it’s easy for an infestation to go unnoticed. And when that happens, look out. These voracious insects can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your property.
What are the signs of carpenter ant damage?
Incredibly, sometimes you detect carpenter ants with your ears. Large colonies of carpenter ants can actually be heard chewing on your home. It sounds like a steady crunchy sound coming from within your walls. Professional South Shore exterminators use additional tools to determine with pinpoint accuracy where carpenter ants are most active within your home.
Other signs of carpenter ant damage you’ll want to look out for include damage to the walls, baseboards, crown molding and floorboards. Inexplicable small piles of sawdust are another good sign you’ve got carpenter ants in your house.
Do Carpenter Ants bite?
Carpenter ants very rarely bite people. They are much more likely to try to escape from you than to cause you or your family any injury. The only ants that bite in this part of Massachusetts are European fire ants. European fire ants are extremely tiny – insect researchers use a magnifying glass to identify them by a segmentation of their middle section – and generally do not present a problem for the South Shore homeowner.
South Shore Ant Removal
Carpenter ants can cause serious damage to your property quickly. Once you’ve determined you have carpenter ants on your property, call the best local exterminator for ant removal. The ant removal process is quick and safe for your pets and family.