Is Your Whippany House or Yard Infested with Carpenter Ants?
Amazing as it sounds, carpenter ants may be one of the most valuable insects we have on our earth. Why? They chew up tons of wood and turn it into fine sawdust that rots, and provides compost for new environmental growth. That’s great as long as they do it in the wild!
A major problem arises when they enter your Whippany home or business because they are a highly destructive pest.
When you see carpenter ants crawling around your yard they may seem harmless enough, it is what you can’t see that may cost you thousands of dollars down the road!
Carpenter Ant Damage to Your Whippany Home or Business
As is the case with termites, carpenter ant infestations often go unnoticed until it is a costly situation to correct.
The damage caused by carpenter ants is distinct and is often confused with termite damage. The difference is, termites eat the cellulose found in the wood, while carpenter ants create tunnels in decaying or moist wood. Despite what you may have heard, carpenter ants do not actually eat the wood in your home. They hollow it out in order to nest inside, which may result in structural damage to the homes they infest. Also, unlike termites, carpenter ants can take years to cause significant damage to your Whippany home. If you see them in your yard they may be in your house!
A carpenter ant infestation your house or business usually means that there is a moisture problem. For instance, these ants are often found around dishwashers, sinks, laundry areas and bathrooms, especially if you have plumbing leaks. Taking care of the source of that moisture makes your home less attractive to the ants.
Carpenter ants can infest building materials such as wood or foam insulation, and can occupy cavities like those found in the hollow doors or window frames in your home. It’s important to understand that because they usually feed on dead foliage and other insects, the ants may be living outside, and also searching inside your house for food scraps or moisture.
How do you get rid of carpenter ants in your Whippany home or yard?
The first and most important step for carpenter ant removal is to locate the nest. The best indicator will be areas where you find the sawdust that is created when the ants dig out their tunnels.
Depending on where the ant nest is located, you may simply be able to remove it. If not, you can still remove the ants from the nest with a vacuum cleaner.
Important: Make sure to dispose of the bag in order to prevent the ants from getting loose and returning to your home or yard. Keep in mind, that a mature nest may have smaller nests located nearby, which also need to be discovered and destroyed in order to properly eradicate the ant infestation.
Tips for preventing carpenter ant infestations in your Whippany home from Licensed Whippany NJ Pest Removal Service
You can help prevent a carpenter ant infestation by applying some of these simple tactics around your home or building structure:
• Caulk any cracks you find to eliminate entrance paths
• Caulk around electrical and water lines where carpenter ants could enter your home, shed, or business
• Trim branches near your home or office so that they aren’t touching it. This stops the ants from using the branches as a pathway into your home.
• Consider installing a gravel or stone strip around your home
• Store firewood away from your house and up off the ground
• Check for signs of ants before bringing firewood inside
• Store food in tightly sealed containers and clean your kitchen regularly
• Clean clogged gutters in order to prevent water damage
• Remove logs, stumps, and wood near or under your building
• Make sure all crawl spaces and attics are well ventilated
• The wooden parts of porches and decks should not be in contact with the ground. Use concrete pier blocks underneath these to eliminate other possible entrance paths
• Immediately fix any leaks in the roof or plumbing pipes
Professional Whippany Pest Removal Service will routinely treat the exterior perimeter of your home or office in order to control a nest or protect it from carpenter ant foraging. This process of drilling and treatment is highly effective if nests are able to be pinpointed. Keep in mind, the ant removal materials used can only be applied by a trained ant exterminator.
Properly removal a carpenter ant infestation requires residual insecticides and void injections of insecticide. This ant treatment typically requires all occupants and pets to vacate the building for a given period of time.
Buying ant traps at the store may kill the ants crawling around your house, but they will not remove the nest. The carpenter ants will not be removed until the nest is located and destroyed.
Contact a Professional Whippany NJ Pest Removal Service for car[enter ant treatment
When a carpenter ant infestation is suspected, it’s always best to employ a licensed Pest Removal Service, especially when ant nests are difficult to find. The Whippany Pest Removal Service should conduct a thorough and complete inspection that provides you with the location of the nest(s) or at least a probable nest site prior to treatment. Locating the nest is not always easy, so be patient. Once all the nests are found and treated, it is unlikely that additional pest control for carpenter ant removal will be needed.
Assure Pest Control is a professional Pest Removal Service specializing in Carpenter ant treatment. We only send licensed exterminators to the Whippany NJ area as well the rest of Morris county and Sussex County areas of Northern New Jersey. If you live in the Whippany area and suspect you may have a carpenter ant infestation contact us right away and we will come out and give you a professional assessment.
Assure Pest control is an experienced Whippany Pest Removal Service with over 18 years of pest removal and control experience.
When we tell you we will be there, you can count on us! When we say the ants are removed, they are gone. We guarantee that the job will be done right the first time!
If you live in the Whippany area or anywhere in the Morris County, Sussex County area contact us first and let a licensed Whippany Pest Removal Service get rid of your Carpenter ants once and for all!