In nature, black carpenter ants are vital to our ecosystem. Carpenter ants chew up wood into fine sawdust which rots and turns into nutritious compost for soil. However, you do not want these creatures creating a nest in your home, quickly destroying your wood. If you suspect a carpenter ant infestation and need pest control in Montgomery County, or the surrounding area, please read on to learn about Raven Termite and Pest Control’s services.
Carpenter Ants Versus Termites
Carpenter ants are often confused with termites. Both are considered social animals that live in colonies and destroy wood. However, the main distinction is that while termites eat the wood, carpenter ants do not. Instead, they burrow into wood to make nests for themselves. It is very important to know the difference between the two, as infestation tactics vary for both.
Termites are smaller in size ranging from ⅛ to ¼ inches. Carpenter ants range from ¼ to ½ inches in length. Carpenter ants have elbowed antennas while termites have straight antennas. Lastly, the front wing of a reproductive carpenter ant is longer than its hind wing. Termites have wings that are equal in length for front and back.
Carpenter Ants Infestation
A carpenter ant infestation should be dealt with right away. It is common that by the time you notice the ants, significant damage has already occurred. Drawn to moisture, carpenter ants are usually found near leaking sinks, bathrooms, and laundry areas.
The presence of carpenter ants in your home does not mean that the nest is necessarily inside of the house. Carpenter ants are scavengers. The nest could be located outdoors, but the ants enter the home for food scraps and water. It is best to remove all wood, stumps, and logs within 100 yards of your house to prevent infestations.
Carpenter ants can do a lot of damage. Seek a pest management professional for quick results. A professional exterminator can locate the nest(s) and ensure a thorough elimination of all carpenter ants using the proper pesticides.
Pest Control in Montgomery County: Raven Termite and Pest Control
If you are looking for pest control in Montgomery County, Baltimore County, or the surrounding area, Raven Termite and Pest Control is here to help. We can handle all your pest control needs and protect your home or office from wildlife pests. Contact us today for more information.