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Carpenter Ants Vs Termites

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 12:27 pm March 11, 2016

Carpenter ants and termites both can be very destructive, and they’re responsible for many pest problems each year. Both of the pests are wood destroyers, which can be devastating to a home. However, many people confuse the two, which is a problem because they must be eliminated differently. That’s why it is important to differentiate between carpenter ants vs termites.

Carpenter AntPhysical Differences

While carpenter ants and termites are very similar in appearance, there are ways to tell them apart. They both have small wings and bulbous chitin shells, which is why many people confuse the two. However, if you take a closer look, you’ll notice that carpenter ants have a head, thorax, and an abdomen, while termites only have a head and thorax. You’ll also find that ants have smaller wings, and termites have wings that are much longer than their body. Of course, if you’re unsure about their appearance, you can always have a pest control company identify the pests you have in your home.

What They Eat

Both carpenter ants and termites munch on wood, but termites actually use wood as a source of nutrition. However, carpenter ants are not able to digest the wood cellulite. They simply munch on wood to create shelters for their nests. Keep in mind, both of these pests require water access and do well in moist environments. In fact, carpenter ants require moisture to be able to eat small bits of food, since they are unable to eat solids.

Where They Live

The carpenter ants and termites both can live within the wood in a home, and they’ll chew away at wood until it becomes hollow. Carpenter ants like wood that is rotting or molding, since it offers humidity and darkness. Termites tend to make their homes in mud mounds that are below or above the ground. However, they may make do with wooden infrastructure inside homes as well.

Types of Damage

You can often tell carpenter ants apart from termites by looking at the damage that is left behind. Check out the damaged wood and you’ll notice that ants leave wood very clean. They remove wood chippings and insect remains from their nest, which means you’ll find some small piles that look like sawdust near wood that has been damaged. Termites aren’t as clean and they leave behind mud, insect parts, and remains, so wood damaged by termites has a rugged, messy look.

TermiteDifferent Treatments

Treating carpenter ant or termite infestations is essential, but these pets require specific treatments. In most cases, the pests you see are only a fraction of the pests in the home. Since these pests operate in different ways, specialized treatments and equipment is needed to eliminate them from your home. For this reason, it’s important to turn to a professional for your extermination needs.

Do you want to know more about the difference between carpenter ants vs termites? Call 888-612-2847 today for FREE consultation!

Carpenter Ants vs. Termites

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Termites — admin @ 8:53 am May 22, 2015

Termite Control

Spring brings some wonderful things: warm weather, sunny days, and pretty flowers. Everything is fresh and new. Spring also brings other less desirable things like household pests, ants and termites. Many people see small, dark insects swarming inside their home or near it and worry if they have a termite infestation. It is a valid concern which is why it is important to know the difference between swarmers (termites that reproduce) and ants. They can look very similar but there are some distinctive differences that will help.

Know your Termites

Termites have a very straight, distinctive looking body. It is rectangular and broad-waisted in shape with antennae that are almost completely straight. Its four wings extend beyond the body (about twice the body length) and are all four the same size. You cannot see the wing veins of termites without a magnifying glass. Termite wings are also very fragile. If you touch them they will likely fall off. In fact, if you find an area where the insects have been swarming look for broken wings on the ground or floor. That is a good indication that you are dealing with termites as opposed to ants. Termites can do serious damage to wood structures.


Know your Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ant ControlCarpenter ants are also quite distinctive in appearance. The ant body is noticeably segmented. You can clearly see the segments and thin-waisted appearance. Their antennae are bent or elbowed and the front wings are much larger than the rear ones but they barely extend beyond the body. If you look closely at the wings you can see dark veins running through them and often a black dot at the tip of the longer front wings. They are also not as fragile as termite wings. Ant wings do not easily break off. Carpenter ants are capable of doing significant damage to a structure, but the typically pose more of a nuisance than a damage problem.

If you can’t tell or need help with an infestation

If you notice swarmers in or around your home or office it is a good idea to have a pest professional come out to take a look. Even if you correctly identify the type of pest, whether ant or termite, it is a good idea to take steps to get rid of them. If you can’t tell the difference or you aren’t sure, then it is very important that you get a pest professional out as soon as possible. If you do have an infestation, time is crucial. Waiting could cost you. Read more on pest control or call Horizon now.

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Understanding Carpenter Ants

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control — Megan Howard @ 6:04 am August 8, 2014

Carpenter Ant Control

Carpenter ants live in colonies. They have a class system wherein the queen will produce workers to create her tunnels of galleries while they search for food and provide her protection. They are considered pests because of how they create their nests in wood.

Behavior and Habitat

For carpenter ants to create colonies, they will need mature male and female winged reproductives to mate. They mate and swarm during early spring to summer. After the mating season or nuptial flight, the male will die, and the female will search for a suitable nest. Once the nest is found, the female ant will deposit 15 to 20 eggs that will soon become her first workers. These workers will be responsible in nourishing developing larvae and the queen. It may take 3 to 6 years for a colony to grow to around 3,000 to 5,000 ants.

Carpenter ants usually create their nests in hollow trees, posts, logs, and timbers. However, they can sometimes gain entry inside a home and build their nest in moist wood. These ants can take advantage of your chimneys, drain gutters, under bathroom fixtures, window and door frames, wooden shingles, sprinklers, skylights, hollow porch posts and columns, and the likes. These ants may transfer indoors from an existing colony outdoors when they find a home that provides them with all of their basic needs.

Carpenter Ants Vs. Termites

Carpenter ants are sometimes mistaken with termites because of how they create galleries. However, these two pests are entirely two different species and are physically different.

Here are some ways to know if you have carpenter ants or termites:

  • A termite has no waist while an ant has a narrow and defined, constricted waist.
  • A termite has straight antenna, an ant has a bent antenna.
  • A termite has four equal size and shape wings while an ant has four wings with the back hind wings shorter than the front.
  • A termite worker is transparent, creamy white and does not like light. An ant worker is reddish or dark colored and commonly seen any time of the day.
  • Their nests are also different since a carpenter ant creates galleries that are smooth and finished while a termite nest is mostly rough and ragged and is filled with soil and mud.

Signs of Infestation

You will know if your home is infested with carpenter ants when:

  • You see a high concentration of ants going in a particular moist area
  • You hear an active colony, creating a dry rustling sound that is similar to the crinkling of cellophane.
  • You see swarms of winged ants trying to get out of the house
  • You see sawdust-like boring outside their galleries and little openings in woodwork

Having a carpenter ant infestation can be a cause for an alarm because they can easily destroy the structure of a home. Although some home remedies can also be done to get rid of them, such as with the use of insecticides and baits, but there are most cases when these are not effective. If you find a carpenter ant infestation in your home, it is most effective to just call for a professional to assist you with your carpenter ant problems.

Horizon Pest Control provides Carpenter Ant Control to for both businesses and residential homes. Don’t let your home be a victim of these ants. Early detection and elimination should be done to stop these ants from harming your home. To know more about Carpenter Ant Control, schedule an appointment with us now.

How to Identify Carpenter Ants and their Difference with Black Ants

A successful ant elimination does not just involve a simple spraying here and there or providing baits when they are seen. To eliminate the enemy it is also important to determine the species of the ant itself since their characteristic may help you understand their behavior. For professionals, the work of controlling these pests will require a five-step process such as inspection, identification, recommendation, treatment and evaluation. To better understand ant, let us discuss the one type of ant that is causing nuisance in homes, which are the carpenter ants.

Identification

Carpenter ants are one of the largest ants that can be found in North America with workers having sizes of ¼ to ½ inch long, but some species can even grow as large as a full inch. The workers can be found in variety of sizes. They have only one bulge at their narrow waist and an evenly rounded back. They come in a wide range of colors that includes black, red, brown, yellow and orange. The most common type of carpenter ants in the U.S. is the winged variety with a reddish-brown head and thorax and black body and abdomen. They are called carpenter ants because of their can create smooth tunnels and galleries on wood.

However, there is a black ant that resembles carpenter ants, which is the Allegheny mound ant. To be able to differentiate these two ants, a good eye is required just to observe these two look-alikes. These black field ants usually create large, low-profile mounds outside not like carpenter ants that like to establish their nests inside properties.

Behavior

Carpenter ants unlike its look-alike can bring total chaos to a home it is infesting. They will enter buildings in search of nesting sites or moisture and they go together with several thousands of ants. Commonly, the nests that they constructed inside a structure are an extension of a larger, parent nest just located not far away from the building it is nesting. The parent nest can be a live or dead tree, a woodpile, or landscaping materials.

Damage

The damage carpenter ants can bring to a structure is not the same as termites. Termites consume wood while leaving mud-like substance to cover the surface of the wood. Carpenter ants usually create an extensive galleries and tunnels without leaving any muddy substance. However, the galleries and tunnels that they create can compromise the structural integrity of a building, thus the need to eliminate them is necessary. Carpenter ants can also infest new buildings especially in locations where the colonies were disturbed that will cause them to move out into their old structure.

Successful Elimination

To better eliminate carpenter ants, better determine if the ants you saw are carpenter ants or just a black ant.

1. Search for them. Carpenter ants do not consume wood. They like to feed on living and dead insects. They mostly hollow out wood to build nests. Look for moist wood including dead trees, stumps, and logs that are left on the ground.

2. Search in the evening. You will not see them during the day since most foraging is done at night between sunset and midnight during spring and summer months.

3. Look for black or red ants. If possible, measure the two ants with a ruler. If this is not possible, do your best to assess the size and look if the ant has a distinct heart shaped head with huge jaws. This will indicate that you found a carpenter ant. Common fire and garden ants have ridged thoraxes.

Control

Once you have identified the right species of ant, you need to find and get rid of their nest especially if it is a carpenter ant that is now nesting inside a home structure. Getting rid of carpenter ant nest is difficult. This job should be given to experienced ant control specialist since they can easily do the five-step process of identifying the pest, providing recommendations, plans and actions for treatment and ongoing evaluation.

If you have an existing ant problem, contact Horizon Pest Control. To schedule a free appointment, go to NJ Pest Control.

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Learning How to Bait Ants

Filed under: Ant Control,Carpenter Ant Control,Commercial Pest Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 3:28 am July 11, 2013

We commonly see ants inside our home and at times we find it natural to see them as they get tiny portions of our sweets. However, when we commonly see a lot of them, this can be an indication that your home is infested. Leave a bit of food around for just a few seconds and you may have a lot of ants crawling to it. So what should you do if you know that ants are constantly foraging in your home? Well, you would most likely kill the ones you see. But, will this be a permanent solution? Probably after you killed the first ones, more would still come. They will continuously come and get the food that they are looking for unless you find the right solution.

Ants in your kitchen

How to Kill Ants?

Don’t just squash them, although you can do that all day. But, as said, more will just keep popping up and there is no stopping them. Naturally, those you see piled up in lines while they go near the kitchen sink or garbage cans are the foragers. They are the ones who search for food and water, then bring them back to their colony. When other foragers do not return to their nest, more ants will just go out.

To get rid of ants, better look for their nest and kill the whole colony. So, how do you do that? One way is to follow their trail. But, this can be difficult since their trail can go to areas that are difficult to be seen. You could also prepare baits for them. Baits are a combination of food that ants are attracted to and a slow-acting toxicant. It is necessary that the ants bring back these baits to their colony to eradicate them.

How to Bait Ants?

Baiting is an effective way  to destroy ants nest because the ants are bringing poison to their colony without them knowing it. The entire colony will feed on the bait and destroy them. Homemade baits are not that difficult to do. However, know that there are some ants that are attracted to sugar or sweets such as the carpenter ants and there are some ants that are attracted to protein. If one type of bait did not work and you still find them looking for other food source, change your tactics. Here are some suggestions to creating homemade baits.

  • Create sugar bait by blending two tbsp of molasses, one tbsp yeast and one tbsp sugar.
  • Create protein bait by mixing two tbsp Borax, peanut butter or bacon grease.

When using Borax, make sure that you place this type of bait to places where your kids and your pets cannot access them. Borax can be hazardous when swallowed. Better place your bait in a sealed container with some holes so ants can easily come in. To find out the type of food they like. Set the two baits and see what the ants will go after. After knowing what they like, continually serve them your homemade bait and wait a couple of days to see if they keep on coming back for more or if the number of ants are lessening.

Ants going to bait

The Goal of Your Bait

The goal of your bait is to have the forager give the food to the other workers, the queen and the entire colony.  Make certain that the poison you mix the food with is just the right amount so that they can still go back to their colony. Also, better set the baits at different places of the ant trail and leave them in places where you regularly see the ants.

You should also resist the temptation of killing them so that they can return to their colony and do their purpose. Always, prepare a new set of bait to see the result in just a few days. Make sure that you do this continuously until you find  that ants are gone.

If the ants continually ignore your bait or if you still find there is a lot of them even after continuous monitoring and baiting, it may mean that they do not like the food you are giving them. However, this does not mean that the bait is not effective. There are times that ants change their eating habits. Just find the right bait and you may be on your way to getting rid of them. However, there are still some ways to get rid of them such as with the use of an insecticide or calling the help of an exterminator. If baiting still does not work look for these alternatives.

Don’t let ants invade your home. Horizon Pest Control can help you solve your ant problem. To request an appointment, simply go to Residential Pest Control Services.

 

Keeping Ants Under Control

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 3:48 pm June 11, 2013

Ant infestations are common across America, but you can control how bad they can get. Ants are most active during the summer months where they spend their time foraging and gathering supplies for the coming winter. It’s a noble effort on their part, but it becomes a problem for us when they decide to invade our homes.

Ants are social insects that live in underground colonies that house hundreds of thousands of ants, and it takes a lot of work to keep everybody fed and watered. Most ants are omnivorous, meaning they eat pretty much anything they can get their hands on: fruit, nectar, seeds, and even other insects are fair game. Not being limited to a few types of food helps them get the supplies they need.

An Ant Colony in a NJ home

Ants find food sources the same way the army finds enemies: by using scouts. Worker ants that double as scouts and foragers scour the terrain near their colony for food sources, clearing paths, and laying down a phermone trail that other ants can follow. Once they’ve found a suitable source of food, they call for backup, follow the trail, and carry it back to the colony piece by piece.

It’d be natural to think, at this point, that ants leave behind a big mess as they go about their business, but that’s not the case. If anything, one could say they improve their surroundings, since they clear debris to ensure ease-of-movement. Furthermore, ants don’t carry any deadly diseases and are generally harmless.The one exception to this is the red ant, known for its painful, stinging bite that can cause allergic reactions in humans.

Constructive behaviour aside, their presence is unwanted in most homes, and it’d be better for everyone involved if they were to search for food elsewhere. The best way to deal with ants is to discourage them from coming into your home. Remember, they’re looking for food and water, and human homes just happen to have large quantities of both – often out in the open.

Ants don’t need to try very hard to get into most homes. Their small size means that they can pass through even the smallest cracks and gaps in the walls of your home, under doors, and through screens and windows. The first destination for most ants is the kitchen, where they proceed to feast on everything from your leftovers to the grease and residue on your kitchen counters.

Dirty, cluttered homes are at even greater risk as piles of trash often hide food scraps and dead insects that they feed on. Naturally, good preventive strategies are aimed at fixing these problem areas.

Cracks and gaps along the walls of your home should be sealed, especially around the areas where gas, water, and electrical lines enter the building. Pay close attention to cracks and openings where your house meets soil – these are most likely to be used by ants. If you’ve already got ants in your home you can identify the opening they’re using, if any, by following the trail outside. In the somewhat rare event that you can’t find it, they may be coming up through cracks in the foundation, or through the crawlspace. If that’s the case, you’ll need to call for professional help to get it sealed up.

Moving inside the home, ensure that your home is free and clear of clutter and debris. As noted earlier, they are excellent food sources for ants and great hiding places for other insects that may be food for ants.

In the kitchen, store your food in airtight containers instead of leaving them on plates out in the open. Go one step further and keep the containers locked away in the cupboard or fridge. This has the benefit of hiding them from the ants’ prying eyes, and keeps foods from spoiling quickly. Finally, wipe down your kitchen counters and tables after preparing and eating meals so that they are free of grease and residue. This should ensure that there’s nothing in your home that will attract ants in the first place.

Once the ants see how “bare” your home is, they’ll most likely search for food and resources elsewhere.

To get help with your current ant problem or to protect your home from invasion, contact Horizon Pest Control. If you want one of our qualified inspectors to visit your home, go to Residential Pest Control and schedule an appointment.

Finding Where the Carpenter Ants Live

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 9:09 pm June 7, 2013

Carpenter ants are necessary in nature since they enhance the decay of dead trees by burrowing and nesting from them. However, they become a pest when they invade and damage the integrity of the wood that is within a house. There are two types of carpenter ants, which are the black carpenter ants and the red carpenter ants. Both of them can and will establish a nest inside and outside a structure, if they are given a chance. But how do you know if your house is also being infested by these ants?

Carpenter Ant Colony in a Home

Just because you see the queen ant swarming around and a few foragers outside your backyard, does not mean that you have an infestation. It may probably be seeking for one and the foragers are probably scouting for food or nesting sites. However, if you find foraging ants entering the home, along telephone wires or along branches that are touching the roof, or even through the ground trails that comes under a door it is more likely that your house is a nesting area. If ants are coming in, the ants may have a nesting place outside the house and may have established colonies in some part of the structure.

Types of Structure that is Likely to be Attacked

  • House that is 5 to 25 years of age
  • Trees and shrubs surrounding the house
  • Structures that are located near the edge of a forest
  • Moderately to gently sloping roof

 

Areas in the Home where They may be Nesting

  • Joists
  • Around sink, dishwasher, or showers
  • Air vents
  • Attics and crawl spaces
  • Fireplace or furnace chimneys
  • Vegetation
  • Porch pillars
  • Roofs
  • Insulation
  • Behind books
  • Hollow doors
  • Under floors
  • Shingles
  • Siding
  • Window framing and sills
  • Casings of houses and garages

 

How They Damage a Home

Carpenter ants are not the same as termites. However, these ants will excavate on their nesting site. Large colonies can create large network of tunnels or galleries that begins in a place where wood decay is present, then expand their nest into sound wood that will undermine the integrity of the structure. Such damages can also be found in wall voids, hollow doors, around and under windows, roof eaves, decks, porches and insulation.

Ways to Control Carpenter Ants

 

Eliminate high moisture conditions

Eliminating high moisture conditions can help in eliminating ants. Replace any moisture-damaged wood and make certain that wood or lumber that is stored near the house is kept dry. Also, make certain that all water leaks are inspected and fixed since not only the ants are attracted to such places, but termites as well.

Know where they are hiding

Locate their trails in the early morning or early evening when the carpenter ants are mostly foraging. Typically, you can find these ants in places where moisture is commonly seen such as the kitchen or bath areas.

  • They will mostly enter a structure when they find opening or cracks while searching for food
  • The appearance of large numbers of winged adults inside a home can be an indication that they are nesting indoors
  • Find clues of their nesting location by searching for their debris.
  • Search for them in carpets, around doors and fireplace, foundations, vegetation, ground, mulch or leaf litter

Use baits

The use of baits can be tricky since carpenter ants have a diverse diet. You may be able to bait some ant species, but may find it difficult to bait carpenter ants. However, baits can also be successful as long as you can carefully monitor if the ants keep coming back for them. Baits usually work by combining an attractive food source with a slow-acting intoxicant where they will be able to share the food to the rest of the colony.

Use pesticides

Colonies that are found within a structure can be eliminated by applying pesticide directly. There are different pesticides that you can use such as boric acid dust, cypermethrin and propoxur.

Get the services of a professional pest control

In the event that the carpenter ants is too much handle especially when they are now in wall voids where you may not be able to easily reach them, call Horizon Pest Control. We will treat inaccessible areas by doing different methods to find and search for the colony and eliminate them. To learn more about our services, go to NJ Residential Pest Control.

Making Ant Control for Homeowners Easy

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Green Pest Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 12:22 am June 2, 2013

Ants regardless of their size and color have one basic goal and that is to build a colony. To most householders, they just look alike, but they are mostly found having different species around homes and buildings. Dealing with them can be very frustrating. Just when you thought you have already exterminated them, you will still find them walking past you. So, how can you get rid of ants in your house?

Just like their normal behavior when they are outdoors, they live to forage for food or seek shelter or just both. They live in colonies, which consist of an egg-laying queen, short-lived males, and sterile female workers. The ants you mostly see in your kitchen or in your garden are the workers. During the springtime, ants will develop their wings and would fly to new homes to forage for food or create a new nest. The reason we find ants a nuisance is that they are attracted to the same types of foods we like, making them hard to get rid of.

Ant getting away with an apple

 

Why are Ants Difficult to Control?

Ants can easily enter through even the tiniest cracks to seek water, sweets, and even greasy food substance in your kitchen. Once they find their food source, they leave an invisible chemical trail that contains pheromones for others to follow. Their nest can be anywhere inside your home or  just outside your garden. They can be even found under the foundations of your home. They can number up to 300,000 to 500,000 and the entire colonies can relocate quickly once their nest is threatened. These colonies can live for a long time with the worker ants living up to seven years and the queen living as long as 15 years.

How to Get Rid of Ants?

Remove their food source

Tidy the kitchen. Wash countertops, cabinets, floors, and do not leave crumbs or garbage around. Living your kitchen even with just a little food source can attract workers, thus making their stay in your kitchen more comfortable. Also, clean your animal’s food bowl regularly. Remove objects that can also attract moisture such as flowerpots, barbecue grills, boards, large pieces of debris, bricks, sheet metal, and the like.

Find the colony

One of the most common mistakes people do, when trying to control ants is that they just spray on the ones they find. They do not realize that the ants they sprayed are just a small portion of an entire colony. The best solution to get rid of them, is to eliminate the queens and other colony members within nest. However, it is not easy finding the colony. Most of their preferred locations are spaces behind the walls, cabinets, appliances, behind window and door frames, and beneath floors or concrete slabs. Since these areas are hidden, it is mostly difficult finding where they are exactly. In most cases, insecticide baits can be the best option for homeowners.

Ant colony

 

Find the right remedy

While solutions for ant control may bring short-term remedy, there are however, long-term solutions that you can also apply. Controlling ants inside your home may be a long battle, but it is not a battle you cannot win. There are so many sources of remedies given to homeowners and you can also purchase them in stores.

If you are aiming to just remove the ants without entirely hurting them, there are also a lot of Eco-friendly products available in the market. However, if your aim is to get rid of the entire colony that is now residing in your home, there are also a lot of insecticides in the market. But, if your house is already infested by ants and controlling them may be a bit tricky, the only remedy is to get a professional ant control.

Horizon Pest Control can help protect your home from ants. If your house is already infested with ants, we also offer ant removal services. To schedule an appointment with us, visit Residential Pest Control.

Damage Caused By Pests

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Horizon Pest Control,Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Termites — Megan Howard @ 4:03 pm March 1, 2013

For hundreds of years, pests have competed with humans over resources like food and water, and often certain pest infestations can physically destroy an entire home. The types of pests encountered depend on the region or area of the country that you live in, but the most common home-damaging pests are carpenter ants, termites, and rats. Today we’re going to take a look at the kinds of damage these pests can cause.

Ants

To start, there are hundreds of different variations of ants, many of which are ultimately harmless to your home. Regular black ants don’t care about anything more than taking your food, but varieties like the carpenter ant build their homes in the wooden beams that make up the structures of your house. They tunnel through wooden beams to create the chambers and passageways they live in, depositing the sawdust remains outside the entrance. If left alone, they will tunnel through the wood, and can render an entire beam almost completely hollow over the course of time. Naturally, this is a serious problem that can threaten the structural integrity of your home, especially if they’ve managed to infest a load-bearing beam or wall.

Carpenter Ants destroy homes

Termites

Termites are similar to carpenter ants, with the difference being that they have a large appetite for wood, specifically cellulose. They’re arguably worse than carpenter ants, since they outright consume wood instead of tunneling through it, and will eat pretty much anything in your home that is rich in cellulose including carpet, paper, and even plant fibers.

Termites destroy houses

 

Rats

Rats are common in cities, and are not only highly unsanitary, disease carrying creatures, but they are also voracious chewers. They can, and will, chew on anything they can get their paws on, be it wood, metal, foam insulation, and even carpet, but they cause the biggest problems when they chew on wires. This can result in damage to expensive electronic devices and the electrical shorts that they cause can even start fires, resulting in thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Rats destroy houses

 

Prevention Plan

The best course of action is “treatment by prevention”, maintaining your home so that these pests are not inclined to take up residence alongside you. But in cases where that’s not possible, infestations like these are best treated early, so they don’t grow out of control and end up costing you thousands of dollars in treatment and repair.

If you think your home is being invaded by these pests, contact us and ask for assistance. To schedule an inspection, simply visit Horizon Home Services.

Carpenter Ants- Things You Should Know

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Pest Control — Tags: , — Megan Howard @ 11:30 pm June 17, 2012

Understanding the biology, life-cycle and nature of carpenter ants helps in organizing treatment for infestations. Carpenter ants have been so named because of their ability to carve wood. They are usually fond of living in wooded areas but because human settlements have encroached into the woods, they have begun invading homes and destroying property. Though not considered as destructive as termites, they are still potentially a threat to your home and property.

What carpenter ants looks like?

Carpenter ants are about five-eighth of an inch. They come in two colors red and black. They have a narrow body split into three segments with a very narrow waist. Their antennae are bent visibly and they have four wings. The front wings are much larger than their hind ones. Their wings are pointed and have visible black spots on the tips.

Carpenter ants

They breed in colonies where roles are clearly defined. There is a queen, soldiers and reproductives who all do their jobs diligently. There may be more than a single queen in one colony. When the colony expands too much, winged representatives set out to look for potential nesting places.

Where you find them?

They are found where moist and damp tree stumps, logs of wood etc are found. They are particularly attracted to a combination of dampness and wood.

Signs of carpenter ant infestation in your house:

  1. Tiny piles of sawdust under or near wooden structures- particularly window frames, furniture.
  2. Tiny, neat mud galleries that is visible to the naked eye.
  3. A humming or rustling sound behind floors, walls and ceiling especially at night.
  4. The appearance of more ants inside the house especially during the winter.
  5. The appearance of winged carpenter ants near the window.
  6. A hollow sound when you tap on the wall.

If you think your home is infested with carpenter ants or if you would like to know more about this pest, visit our New Jersey Pest Control page. For a free estimate, you may call us at 1-888-612-2847.

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