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Five Signs Of Carpenter Ants To Watch For Around Your Souderton Property

What are carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants can be mysterious. Very mysterious. When you go to the internet in search of information about these insects, you can find a lot of conflicting facts. You may learn that carpenter ants never infest wood and that they make their nests in the voids between wood studs. This is only true of certain species. You may learn that carpenter ants are nocturnal and only come out at night. This is mostly true, but it is possible to see these ants during the day. You may learn that carpenter ants can be easily detected because they produce sawdust. Unfortunately, the sawdust produced by carpenter ants can be left in places you can't see, such as the inside of a wall void or under flooring. If you're thinking that you'll see sawdust long before these ants can severely damage your Souderton home, you may be very disappointed. Don't let carpenter ants mystify you. Here are five carpenter ant warning signs to look for, and what you should know about these signs.

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1. Frass

The material carpenter ants create is called frass. This material is a mixture of sawdust, feces, and insect parts. Frass can be found in many places. You're most likely to find it in dark areas that are high in moisture, such as in a crawl space under your home, or underneath a deck, porch, or patio. This material may appear in a pile on the floor or ground. It may be stuck to a wall. It may be underneath tiny holes, or just outside of a gap, crack, or recess. If you see a sawdust-looking material, contact a licensed professional to have your home inspected. You may only be seeing a small portion of evidence that damage is being done.

2. Winged Ants

When you see winged ants in your home, it is important to understand that winged ants aren't a species of ants. They are a type of ant that is produced by an ant colony. The role of a winged ant is to leave the colony and produce other colonies. If you find large black, or red and black, ants with wings, inside your Souderton property, you should know that it is a serious warning sign of a carpenter ant infestation. Winged ants won't accidentally get into your home from the outside. They're attracted to light. That's why you find them on your interior windows and sliding glass doors. They're trying to get outside to the light. These ants can be a very obvious warning sign when they appear inside. Unfortunately, they usually find their way outside, mate within a thirty-minute period, and disperse. Any time you see winged ants, whether inside or outside, make sure to properly identify them, or contact a professional to do this for you.

3. Wood Damage

If you have a carpenter ant infestation in your home, you may begin to see wood damage. This damage is likely to occur where wood is being compromised by moisture. You may have to slide under your deck, stairs, or some other exterior structure to see the damage these ants are doing. A common target for carpenter ants is the frames around exterior doors and windows. If you see changes to wood frames, particularly in the bottom corners, this may be a warning sign of carpenter ant activity. It could also be some other wood-destroying pest, such as a mouse or rat. It doesn't really matter. Your home is being damaged, and you should take steps to address the pest that's doing it.

4. Worker Ants

Most of the time, you won't see carpenter ant workers. They prefer to be active at night. But it is possible to see them during the day, especially if you go looking for them. Lifting wood boards, moving objects that sit on the ground, and inspecting stumps, logs, and trees with heart rot, can uncover carpenter ant activity. If you see carpenter ant workers, keep in mind that they are polymorphic. They won't all be the same size. They'll vary in size.

5. Sounds

If there are enough carpenter ants tunneling through a timber, you may be able to hear them. Unfortunately, you're more likely to see floors begin to sink down before you ever hear the sound of carpenter ants chewing on your support beams.

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Remember that the team at Moyer Pest Control is always available to assist you with destructive pests like carpenter ants. Schedule a visit from one of our licensed pest professionals to find out what you're dealing with. We're here to help.

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