Are you seeing lots of ants in your yard? Do you wish you could just drop a bomb on those ants? We understand. Ants can be maddening. They can also present a threat to your property if you're dealing with carpenter ants. Today, we're going to discuss how to identify carpenter ants, what it means when you see a carpenter ant in your Merrimac home, and offer up some ant control solutions.

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a carpenter ant in a kitchen

How To Identify The Type Of Ants Infesting Your Merrimac Home

Most ants are just a nuisance. But, as we pointed out, carpenter ants can be more than a nuisance. They have the ability to damage your property. If you don't detect them early so you can do something about them, these ants can dig into your retirement savings. That is why it is so important to know how to identify carpenter ants.

  • The most destructive carpenter ants are black carpenter ants, which are entirely black.

  • Carpenter ants have major and minor workers. When you see them, you may notice the different-sized ants all grouped together.

  • Carpenter ants usually range in size from ½ to ⅝ of an inch in length, but they may be as small as ¼ of an inch.

  • Carpenter ants have one node between the thorax and abdomen. Think of this as the waist of the ant.

Should I Be Worried If I See One Ant In My Merrimac House?

You're probably not going to notice one ant in your home if it isn't a carpenter ant. Many ant species have workers that are only 1/16 of an inch long. They're very tiny. Carpenter ant workers are big. They're also likely to be black. That means you're going to see one if it is crawling in your home. You're even more likely to notice them if they have wings. The winged reproductives are twice the size of workers, which means they can be over an inch long.

If you see one carpenter ant, should you be worried? It is certainly cause for concern. Black carpenter ants tunnel through wood and this can weaken support timbers inside your home. If they are given enough time, these ants can do a lot of damage to a home. We recommend investing in effective ant control at the first sign of carpenter ants. It is a good idea to get in front of this ant pest control problem.

What Causes Ant Infestations In Merrimac Homes?

All ants are attracted to food sources and moisture. If you have an ant problem in your home, it is likely that ants have found food or water—yes, even carpenter ants. While carpenter ants create tunnels in wood, they don't eat wood. They eat the same things other ants eat.

Sometimes ant infestations begin when ants find a way inside.  They come in through tiny holes, cracks, and gaps in your exterior. Even carpenter ants do this. While carpenter ants can chew through wood, they'll follow the path of least resistance and take advantage of tiny entry points. Effective ant control begins with sealing these tiny entry points.

Often, an indoor ant pest control problem begins with an outdoor ant control problem. There are conditions in yards that can invite an ant problem, such as clogged gutters and a damp perimeter, leaf litter, branch piles, dense landscape vegetation, etc. Yard maintenance is very important for outdoor ant control.

If you need more control than yard maintenance can provide, ant bait may need to be put down, or targeted treatments may need to be applied to control ant colonies. If this is the case, it is best to have a professional handle this. You can actually make your ant problems worse if you apply the wrong products, or apply them incorrectly.

How Do I Get Rid Of Ants On My Merrimac Property?

It is not good to have black carpenter ants in your home. These are destructive insects. This is why we recommend professional control for this pest problem (as you may have already guessed). Your home is a big investment. It may be part of your retirement nest egg. Don't take any chances. At Freedom Pest Control, we offer effective ant control solutions for Merrimac residents. The methods we use are field-tested, and the products we apply are the most trusted products in the industry.

You won't have to wonder if you have any more black carpenter ants in your home. We monitor and evaluate the success of our treatment programs to make sure your property is protected. If you have questions, or you'd like to request an ant control inspection for your home, connect with us through our contact page. We look forward to helping you find the right solution for your specific needs and budget.


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