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Carpenter Ants In Norwalk: An Extensive Guide To Prevention And Control

August 16, 2023 - Ants

carpenter ant on a fresh cut board

Watching carpenters build a house is fun, especially if it is your new house. The sound of saws, nailing, and air compressors fill the air as they meticulously craft a new structure. Carpentry can be fun and satisfying because you build, repair, or refinish wood into an enjoyable or functional product. However, there is one group of carpenters you don't want to see; black carpenter ants in your home.

You need Norwalk pest control for carpenter ants from Insecta X if you think you have these destructive carpenters inside your house. We are a local, family-owned and operated company with over 30 years of pest control experience. Annually, we invest hundreds of hours training our licensed pest control technicians on the latest technologies and pest management techniques.

Identifying Carpenter Ants: Physical Characteristics And Behaviors

There are thousands of ant species worldwide, so how can you determine if you have a carpenter ant colony inside your Norwalk house? You can identify carpenter ants by the following:

  • Body size
  • Body colors
  • Pinholes in wood
  • Sawdust-like piles

When comparing carpenter ants to other ants, you'll notice their large bodies (1/2 to 5/8-inch). Many ant species are brown or black, and although carpenter ants may have only a black or brown body, they also have red or black and red bodies. Carpenter ants are so-called because they create their nests inside damp wood. They do not eat wood but remove it to create long, smooth tunnels deep inside the timber. As they shave off the cellulose, they push the material and excrement to the tunnel opening creating a sawdust-looking pile. Secure Insecta X when you notice signs of carpenter ants inside or outside your Norwalk home. 

Carpenter Ant Problems: Health Concerns And Structural Damage

Years of carpenter ants creating multiple tunnels in the wood of your Norwalk home can result in significant structural damage. Once a carpenter's ant establishes a nest on your property, they create satellite nests in surrounding damp timbers. Thus, a home often has many carpenter ants nests consisting of thousands of members eating through the wood. If you do not stop a carpenter ant infestation, you may experience sagging floors, warping window and door frames, and collapsing structures. 

Carpenter ants create colonies in the wood but forage for food inside homes. As they move through the house, bacteria on their claws transfer to cooking and eating surfaces, utensils, and exposed foods and contaminate them. Insecta X protects your home and family from carpenter ants in your house by removing them and clearing away their nests. 

Professional Assistance: Vital To Total Carpenter Ant Control

When you contact Insecta X for help, we will dispatch a pest control technician to inspect your Norwalk home for carpenter ant signs, entry points, attractants, and hot spots. We will investigate the perimeter for carpenter ant nests and activity since they first begin their colonies in the yard and then move inside homes. 

We develop a strategic custom carpenter ant treatment plan using the data we collect from you and our observations. Our carpenter ant process involves initial interior treatments of cracks and crevices, access points, hot spots, and baseboards. We also create a barrier around the home using granular and liquid products. 

Prevention Is Key: Tips To Prevent Carpenter Ants From Coming Back

Carpenter ants are everywhere and swarm to find new nesting locations. Along with the treatments from Insecta X, you can do the following to ensure you experience maximum results:

  • Remove or replace damp timber on the property
  • Provide drainage around the wood to prevent rotting
  • Paint or seal exposed timbers
  • Eliminate dead tree stumps and fallen timber 
  • Seal entry points in the foundation and along the roofline

When Insecta X pest control technician treats your home to stop a carpenter ant infestation, we can provide additional tips and basic exclusion. Contact us today and get started. 

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