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Prepare Your Souderton Home Against The Fall Carpenter Ant Resurgence

September 24, 2021

 

Expanding the railroad across the United States required men to pave the way for tracks to be laid through hills and plains, over mountains, and through deserts. Blasting tunnels through granite mountains required extreme bravery due to the danger posed when handling gunpowder and nitroglycerine. This effort to build the transcontinental railroad was impressive. An insect with an impressive resume for tunneling is the carpenter ant, but the destruction they can cause produces less than impressive damages to your home.

The Secret Of Carpenter Ant Resurgence As Fall Approaches Souderton

When the heat of summer starts to wane, and the cooler temperatures start to arrive, carpenter ants begin to look for places to establish a nest. During the spring and summer months, carpenter ants are generally happy with the shelter, warmth, and moisture they get from old stumps, hollowed-out trees, logs, and other moist wood environments. When water and food supplies begin to dry up, workers will head out to find new nesting areas in the fall.

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What Everyone Should Know Damages Caused By Carpenter Ants

Since the fall season causes carpenter ants to re-enter their active period, homeowners should be alert for these destructive pests. Workers can number in the 10,000s to 20,000s. With the threat of multiple nests installed in your home, infestations can be quite daunting. Carpenter ants normally do not chew wood to make a nest, but they do tunnel through it (leaving deposits of sawdust-like shavings behind) to get to hollow areas in your home where they can set up nests. Their first choice of wood is typically wet and decayed wood, but they are not above tunneling through dry and undamaged wood. The structural damage caused by carpenter ants is often varied depending on how long they have been in your home. Weakened house structures can materialize when carpenter ant damage is severe.

Here’s A Quick Way To Prevent Carpenter Ants In Your Souderton Home

When you have a choice between Motel 6 and the Hilton, which one do you think you would choose? Why would carpenter ants be any different? When the days grow shorter, and their food and water supply start to dwindle, they are moving! Homeowners need to execute preventative techniques that will help stop carpenter ants from reserving a space within their homes.

Prevention steps homeowners can execute are as follows:

  • Remove all sources of moisture.
  • Remove any standing water (inside and out).
  • Use silicone-based caulking to seal cracks and small openings around doors and windows.
  • Remove firewood and stacks of wood from beside buildings.
  • Fix any areas that provide poor ventilation.
  • Fix leaking roofs, gutters, and downspouts.
  • Fix any damaged flashing.
  • Fix any plumbing issues inside that indicate leaking water pipes, leaking showers, bathtubs, and appliances.
  • Remove soft and rotting wood around your home.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.

Taking these steps will help minimize attracting factors for carpenter ants looking to move inside.

Who Else In Souderton Wants A Better Solution To Their Carpenter Ant Problem?

The structural damage to a home is typically unknown until a professional gets a good look at it. Because of this fact, when homeowners begin to see signs of a carpenter ant infestation, they should call a pest professional immediately. Moyer Pest Control has over 150 years of accumulated knowledge to help owners fight off carpenter ant infestations. We are committed to using state-of-the-art technologies and techniques to locate and eliminate these destructive pests from one of your most expensive investments. Call Moyer Pest Control today to schedule an inspection of your property.

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