Carpenter Ants: A Wood-Destroying Pest In Pennsylvania
May 10, 2013
As the spring unfolds, there is a lot of talk about ants becoming active once again. But did you know that aside from those tiny nuisance ants that are trying to steal crumbs from the kitchen there is also wood destroying ants that could be nesting on your property? Carpenter ants in Pennsylvania are becoming more active this spring, which means it is time to be alert and keep your eye out for these large black ants that could be foraging through the home or also around the decks and windows.
While the damages can be comparable to termites, carpenter ants do not actually eat wood. Instead, they carve tunnels into wood in order to form their nests. They prefer moist, decaying wood sources, which can leave firewood, decks, and many other sources of wood on the property at risk. The good news is that there are ways that you can help to prevent carpenter ants from invading your property this spring. Here are a few tips from our team of PA pest control professionals at Moyer Indoor | Outdoor:
Remove sticks, twigs and fallen tree branches from the property.
Keep firewood stored up off the ground and away from the exterior of the home.
Be sure that your deck has maintenance services to prevent decaying wood.
Fix any leaky pipes to prevent excess moisture.
Repair window or door frames that are beginning to deteriorate or decay.
Always keep food sealed and crumbs cleaned up to prevent ants foraging for food inside the home.
Prevention is the best way to avoid the costly property damages that a colony of carpenter ants are capable of. If you would like to learn more about carpenter ant control in Souderton, Allentown or throughout our Pennsylvania service area, please give us a call at Moyer Indoor | Outdoor. Our year round pest control services are a great way to control not just carpenter ants but all of the pests that are beginning to show up this spring.