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How To Prevent Carpenter Ants From Invading Your West Chester Home

March 22, 2019

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a massive colony of carpenter ants are damaging a wooden structure of a west chester home in pennsylvania

We have been ready for spring to return for quite some time now. Many West Chester, Pennsylvania residents have had their fill of snow for the year and now want to see budding flowers, new green leaves, and sunny days. However, spring also brings a new pest threat we didn’t have to face (much) during winter—carpenter ants. While carpenter ants are active throughout the entire year, they typically produce new swarming offspring once the warmer weather hits us. When it comes to carpenter ants, many homeowners make the mistake of believing that termites are the wood-destroying insect that is plaguing them. Unfortunately, while carpenter ants show some different indications of their invasion than termites, carpenter ants can do just as much damage to the structural integrity of your home if given enough time.

Carpenter ants do not eat the wood they chew through and will instead spit out the wood they are infesting. This means that there are often “sawdust” piles left near their nesting sites. And their tunnels are much smoother and easier to travel through. Carpenter ants infest wooden structures in order to build their nests. While carpenter ant colonies are not typically as large as termite colonies, carpenter ants are still known to cost Westchester homeowners hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year. When carpenter ants invade your home, they usually choose areas of your home that are damp or water damaged for easier chewing. Once inside, carpenter ants create an extensive network of tunnels and nesting galleries to raise their young, which can be bad news for your home.

This is why it is so important to put preventative measures in place before carpenter ants decide to invade. Reducing moisture, looking for signs of an infestation, and cleaning up food and drink spills carpenter ants could feed on are all great ways to try and prevent them from invading. However, no matter how many preventative measures you put in place, they will never be able to protect your home 100% of the time, the way professional pest control will. When you enlist the help of the trusted pest experts here at Parkway Pest Services, you are provided with the highest quality and most effective pest solutions available. When you want a year-round pest control program for your Westchester home, Parkway Pest Services has what it takes to keep your property protected. To learn more about the pest solutions and pest services we offer, reach out to us today!

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