Why You Should Call The Professionals If You See Even Just One Carpenter Ant On Your Tulsa Property
April 8, 2020
If a pipe bursts inside your bathroom, the plumber is going to get a call real quick. If a section of your roof collapses, you likely will have a carpenter on the phone in a matter of minutes. But, what if you saw a large black and red ant crawling around in your kitchen? Is that concerning enough to call in a professional? It should be.
Carpenter ants are destructive little creatures. Even if you are not seeing visible damage to your home, just seeing one of these little wood destroyers should have you running to the phone to call for help. If this isn’t your first response, you could be looking at hundreds if not thousands of dollars in property damage in the long run.
What Are Carpenter Ants?
Most ants build their nests outside deep underground. These nests are called anthills. Carpenter ants are a bit different. They find much more security building their nests inside a structure of wood. This could be anything from a tree in the forest to the walls of your Tulsa home. Unlike termites, another type of wood-destroying pest, carpenter ants do not eat the wood they tunnel through. They push it out of exit holes, leaving frass (fine sawdust) around areas they have infested. One thing that sets carpenter ants apart from other ants is their size
Carpenter ants are the biggest species of ants here in America and can grow to be upwards of a half an inch in size. Carpenter ants can be red or black in color, and sometimes a combination of both.
Problems Carpenter Ants Cause Around Homes
Here at Dandi, we call carpenter ants double threats. Not only do they destroy wood as termites do, but they also can contaminate food like other species of ants can. Because carpenter ants do not eat wood, they sometimes scavenge for food inside of residences they have infested. This can lead to contamination inside your kitchen and food-storage areas. If you like avoiding sickness, carpenter ants are not a pest you want living inside your Tulsa home.
As for destroying homes, carpenter ants are adept at doing this. The more they expand their colonies, the more damage is done. The only limiting factor regarding their ability to damage homes is their access to food. As long as carpenter ants have enough to eat they will continue to tunnel to make more space for new ants.
How You Can Prevent Carpenter Ants
If you have not yet seen any carpenter ants around your Tulsa home, it is not too late to take action to prevent them. Here are some things we recommend you do to make your home less attractive to these destructive insects.
Eliminate sources of standing water in and around your home.
Fix leaky piping.
Make sure your gutters are working properly.
Use a dehumidifier to keep moisture down inside your home.
Seal gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation and around window and door frames using a caulking gun.
Make sure all of your trashcans have tight-fitting lids.
Clean regularly and thoroughly.
Store leftover foods inside airtight containers.
Pick up and clean out pet food and water dishes before going to bed at night.
Keep your yard free of debris.
Trim back branches and bushes from your exterior foundation so that sunlight can keep it dry.
Store firewood and or lumber at least 30 feet from your home’s exterior.
What To Do If You See Carpenter Ants Inside
If you have been seeing large reddish-black ants roaming around in your Tulsa home, it is time to get the professionals involved. At Dandi Guaranty, we have detailed and efficient solutions for getting and keeping wood-destroying pests like carpenter ants out of homes. If you are in need of assistance, we have your back.
Contact us today to find out more about our services or to schedule an inspection for your Tulsa home.