The Damage Carpenter Ants Cause
Advice From Moyer Indoor | Outdoor
Have you ever seen a carpenter ant? Do you know what it feels like to have a carpenter ant accidentally crawl onto your skin? Have you ever been freaked out because something was crawling on you, only to realize that the bug you brushed off your body was just a big black ant? It is a relief, isn't it? You're expecting something dangerous or scary, but it's just a harmless ant. That's how most of us think of ants. Harmless. In fact, the only type of ant we typically view as dangerous are fire ants. So, for most people, ants aren't very frightening pests. Sure, they're annoying and no one wants them living in their home. But, let's be honest, ants don't scare us. That is one of the biggest reasons that carpenter ants get away with destroying our homes. We don't take them seriously. Let's take a look at a few reasons why we should!
You are probably aware that carpenter ants damage wood. They chew galleries in wood and wooden items in order to establish their nests inside. If they decide to establish their colonies in the wood of your home, this can lead to many problems. While these insects typically target moist and rotting wood first, they will also feed on sound timbers. If they tunnel into your home’s support beams, it can cause cascading damage throughout the entire structure. Over time, your floors will begin to sink, your walls will start to bulge, and your ceilings will begin to sag. In addition, your windows will begin to open and close without any resistance or become stuck in place and your doors will start to drag on the floor instead of opening freely. When these kinds of damages begin to appear, it is too late to safeguard your equity. To cause damage to that extent, these ants have to infest your home for years. And most of those damages will be done inside the wood of your home, out of sight. So when dealing with these pests, all you’ll be able to do is address the damages you can see.