Carpenter Ants – A Big-Time Pest

The warm moist climate in South Florida makes fighting insect pests a common problem. One of the big-time pests is the carpenter ant. We’re going to get into the details shortly, but if you have them, you need to call as soon as possible for pest control services Cape Coral FL.

Carpenter Ant Life Cycle

Carpenter ants are generally black (although brown and red ones are common too) ants about 1/2″ to 5/8″ long.  They generally look to form new satellite colonies in the spring. That’s when they may invade your home, looking to build a new nest. If you see winged ants swarming, it’s a sure sign that an infestation is developing or already manifest. Once their nest is established, eggs are laid, which hatch into larvae, then progress into pupae before becoming an adult ant. The hollowing out of wood is how they construct their nests. Keep in mind that if there is an infestation in your home, there may be more than one nest.

Problems Caused by Carpenter Ants

Ants, and in particular carpenter ants, can be highly destructive to your structure. They do not spread disease and are not venomous. But, because of their lifestyle, they can bore into the wood of your home. They construct tunnels and open pathways in wood, weakening it and making it much more prone to decay. 

Carpenter ants need a water source to survive. Elimination of water and moisture from your home, especially in the basement and walls, can deter an infestation from occurring. It is also wide to seal opening into the home, especially around utility pipes and wires. Once there is a carpenter ant infestation, you’ll need to call a licensed pest control professional. They will be able to assess the situation in your home and recommend a method of extermination.