The Truth About Carpenter Ants

The Truth About Carpenter Ants

Munch, munch, munch.  If you hear that sound as you’re lying in bed at night, you might be tempted to suspect rodents.  Here in the Pacific Northwest, you are more likely to be listening to the sound of carpenter ants making a mess of the wood in your walls.  Despite popular belief, carpenter ants don’t eat wood.  They merely break it down to use as infrastructure for their own home.  That said, the insistent munch indicates a problem that has probably been going on a long time without you even knowing.  Here are some things to look for:

1.       Sawdust on the floor next to the wall.  The ants push it out as they break it down.

2.       A stray ant or two crawling about near any water source.  They are scouting the territory for resources.

3.       A stream of ants going back and forth around the outside base of your home.  If they are carrying little white dots, that means they are moving larvae into the new space, and the home is near completion in your walls, basement or roof.

4.       A woodpecker is having a heyday in the siding of your home.  These little birds may seem like a nuisance, but they are actually warning you that you have an insect problem which they consider their duty to remedy. 

If any of these signs lead you to believe you have an infestation, call an exterminator right away.  The longer you let it go on, the more damage your house will suffer from these home wreakers.  Mathis pest control came out to take care of our carpenter ant problem, and they did a full fog of the house (be prepared to take your entire family – pets included - on holiday for a few hours while the spray settles down).  They had to drill several holes in our sheetrock to insert the fog.  If your ants are pretty hardy, it’s likely they will have to spray a second time after about two weeks to completely get rid of them.  The survivors of the first spray simply pick up and move to the other side of your house.  A good pest control company will put you on a preventative plan that doesn’t charge for that second spray, and they will come back on a quarterly basis to keep these critters in check.


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