3 Signs Your Tulsa Property May Have A Carpenter Ant Problem
October 13, 2020
When you value your home, you do everything you can to protect it. We all know that pests can be very detrimental to the investment we’ve made in our homes, and we are especially aware of this when it comes to the wooden structures in the foundation. That’s why we are careful about preventing termites. However, if you’re only protecting wooden structures from termites, you’re leaving yourself exposed to expensive repairs at the hands (or jaws) of carpenter ants.
Most carpenter ants are red, black, or a little bit of both. They’re fairly large for ants, measuring five-eighths of an inch long. Since they love creating nests out of wood, they are a very significant threat to your home. What attracts them most is rotten, soft, or moistened wood, preferably damaged by mold. As they work through the nesting process, they can severely damage the wood they’re using, so they’ll cause expensive damage to your home very quickly.
They may not be seeking out your home, but if the conditions fit, they’ll find small openings in the side of your house through which to crawl. Once they’re in, they’ll crawl around until they find something suitable to make a nest out of, or they’ll exit through another opening. You’ll probably find them in the yard first, chewing through stumps and fallen branches.
Signs Of Infestations
In order to avoid expensive repairs, you’ll need to spot an infestation early. There are three major signs of infestation you can look for:
Piles of wood shavings: as carpenter ants work, they’ll leave small amounts of debris next to the corners of your walls. If you see unexpected, tiny woodpiles in areas where you haven’t been working, then you need to be on high alert.
Winged ants: these are known as swarmers, and they’ll fly around in a large, black cloud when it’s mating time. A carpenter ant swarm is a good indication of an imminent colony on your property.
Rustling noises within the walls: as they work, they won’t be silent. This won’t be a very loud noise, but, if you listen closely, you can hear them creating their nests out of the material holding your house together.
As they nest, carpenter ants need moisture to survive. If you limit standing water around your home and property, they’ll most likely move on. Make sure to address any leaking pipes or moisture issues quickly to eliminate the attraction. You’ll also want to eliminate any source of entry. Make sure that the weather-stripping on doors is secure and caulking around the windows is sealed.
Don’t just focus on the ground level. These ants are talented climbers, and many of them can fly, so they’ll crawl on high tree branches to get on top of or into your house. If you make sure to cut tree limbs back from your roof and windows, this can limit their ability to get in.
Furthermore, if you have wood stored anywhere, make sure it’s not close to your house or any structure you value. You’ll either need to seal the firewood or store it away from your house, as this is a prime candidate for a carpenter ant nest. Unfortunately, though, you can do all of these things and still run the risk of an infestation. With costly damage on the line, do you really want to leave it to chance? To save hundreds or even thousands on costly repairs, contact Dandi Guaranty at the first sign of carpenter ants to protect your investment today.