Although not typically harmful, ants can be very annoying if left untreated. It is possible that a large infestation of ants can destroy structures, spread bacteria and, cause serious allergic reactions. That’s why it’s best to call in a Pest Control Specialist to rid your home or property of them quickly. Carpenter ants are capable of causing serious damage to the structure of your home. Unlike termites that eat wood, carpenter ants are more interested in building nests and so they systematically tunnel through wooden beams and pillars to create space for nests.
They need moisture to live so if there’s high humidity in your house, ants will be attracted to it even if there’s no food around. As well as keeping water and moisture away, keeping things clean and free from food supply is also very helpful in managing indoor ants. Finding the nest is critical because ants are social insects and will bring any ant killer back to the nest. Often you might kill large numbers of ants without ever solving the problem if you haven’t found the nest. Ants will come out in the spring and in the fall and find their way into homes. In the spring they emerge early and have to find a place that is warm at night and has food.
Ants systematically tunnel through wooden beams and pillars to create space for nests!
Ants have three distinct body regions: head, thorax and abdomen, as well as antennae. Despite similar construction, ants vary in overall appearance. Small or large ants and brown or black ants are common nicknames for different species. Carpenter ants are larger and have a head that is shaped like a heart, while regular ants have a more circular head. The thorax of the carpenter ant is also more symmetrical than a regular breed.
Ants are social insects that live in structured nest communities. The species determines their ant habitat – whether they live underground, in mounds built at ground level, in wood structures or in plants or trees. Soil and plant matter are typically used to construct the nests.
The life cycle of an ant is called complete metamorphosis. The queen lays eggs that hatch into larvae after 6-32 days. The larvae grow and are taken care of by the worker ants for 12-32 days. A worker ant will develop from the egg in 5-6 days. Full development to an adult ant takes 38-45 days.
We always try to find the most humane and least stressful options in removing the nuisance animals. Sometimes different animals, pests or situations may require different solutions. We are always prepared for whatever wildlife or pest issue you have.