Why Are Carpenter Ants Suddenly Infesting My Home?

10 May 2024 · 2 min read

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Battling Carpenter Ants

Have you recently noticed large black ants crawling around your kitchen or bathroom? These are likely carpenter ants which are one of the most destructive pests that can infest homes. Carpenter ants infestations often seem to appear out of nowhere, but there are reasons why these wood destroyers may have decided to move into your house. 

At Greenhouse, we have over 90 years of experience dealing with carpenter ant control and extermination. As a pest control company, we have seen it all and we know how to quickly identify, locate, and eliminate carpenter ant colonies and nests inside homes.

What Attracts Carpenter Ants Inside?

Carpenter ants get their name because they tunnel into wood to build nests. While they don’t actually eat wood like termites, their excavations can cause significant structural damage over time. There are several different factors that can attract carpenter ants into homes. 

  • Moisture Problems
    • Carpenter ants are drawn to damp, decaying wood. Leaks from pipes, roofs, poor ventilation, and condensation issues can turn your home’s wooden structures into prime targets for infestation.
  • Food Sources
    • These ants are relentless foragers, seeking out crumbs, grease, and sweet substances in kitchens. Leaving spills and uncovered food can quickly become an irresistible attraction. 
  • Tree/Stump Nest
    • If your property is surrounded by trees, carpenter ants may have established nests in stumps, roots, or tree limbs that come into contact with your home’s exterior, creating a direct pathway for infestation. 
  • Wood Damage
    • Existing wood rot or cracks provide easy access for carpenter ants into wall voids and structural wood timber, facilitating the establishment of new nests.

Signs of a Carpenter Ant Infestation

Several key signs indicate that carpenter ants have already established themselves in your home. Look out for a pile of wood shavings resembling pencil shavings, which may indicate their activity. Additionally, be vigilant for pencil-sized holes in wood surfaces, as these are telltale signs of their presence. If you notice large black ants crawling on floors, counters, or window sills, it’s likely that a carpenter ant infestation is underway. Pay attention to rustling noises coming from inside walls or the ceiling, as these could indicate ant activity. Finally, be wary of sagging or drooping wood, as this may signal structural damage caused by carpenter ants.

Exterminating Carpenter Ant

Attempting to exterminate carpenter ants on your own is extremely difficult. The ants you see are just scout workers. To eliminate the colony, you need to locate and treat the main nesting area, this requires specialized equipment like ant baits and spraying treatments. 

At Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control, our exterminators use proven inspection methods to find all carpenter ant nesting sites. We then employ target treatments to completely eliminate the entire colony, including the egg-laying queens, to prevent future infestation.  

As certified pest control operators with years of training and experience, we prioritize environmentally responsible treatments to protect your family and home. Don’t let carpenter ants destroy your biggest investment. Trust the ant control experts at Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control. Contact us today for a free quote.   

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