Carpenter ants are one of the most destructive pests in the U.S and like Termites destroy wood. Carpenter ants are black and red in color and have a curved “thoracic dorsum” that is located at the rear of the insect. These ants are often found crawling along in lines around trees, fences and firewood.
Carpenter ants damage houses by establishing nests in the timber which leads to structural damage. They cause this by burrowing out tunnels in the wood expand their nest. A Carpenter ant infestation in a home is usually a satellite colony, with the main colony located within a hundred yards, usually in a stump or other decayed wood.
There are several ways to prevent Carpenter ants entering your home. They involve the following:
- Store firewood correctly as this is a favorite nesting place for Carpenter ants. To store wood correctly always keep wood off the ground and protect it from rain. As damp firewood piled up on the ground is an ideal nesting location. Old Stumps are common locations for nests.
- Always make sure that plants are not in contact with the house. As trees and plants provide paths for Carpenter ants as well as foraging sites.
- Like we mentioned earlier never allow wood to be in contact with soil. Wood should be stored on concrete. The only time that wood can be in direct contact with the ground is when it is pressure treated timber.
- Ventilation is necessary in attics to keep the moisture level of the room low as growth (mold, mildew or fungus) thrive in rooms with lots of moisture and creates conditions that encourage Carpenter ant infestations.
- Always check for holes in the exterior of the house, especially doors, windows, foundation cracks, siding doors and pipes.
In conclusion, Carpenter ants are a huge wood destroying pest in the U.S. However, there are ways to prevent them from entering your house. Such as: storing firewood and timber on concrete, keeping plants and trees away from your house, ventilating rooms and checking doors, windows and holes in the wall.