Close up of Black Carpenter Ant or Camponotus pennsylvanicus (winged male) on white background
The first tip to help keep carpenter ants away and reduce this activity is going to be eliminating their food, water, and shelter sources. Thankfully you’re not going to have to tear down your house or take out your deck.
With proper treatment, the goal is to get rid of the ant’s paths or trails, and this happens by treating the wood around the home. Have a pest control company treat the wood, so it’s harder for these pests “carpenter ants” to get in.
Seal your deck and outdoor furniture many stains put a coating on the wood surfaces that can help to keep these pests away outside.
You’re going to want to eliminate food sources
In your home these create feeding paths for the carpenter ants, they typically eat things that contain sugary substances, crumbs, unsealed pantry items, pet foods, you know the stuff that’s left out on counters, under stoves and protein sources. Properly sealing food containers will help a lot.
Very important way to keep carpenter ants from thriving in your home.
Eliminating water sources is helpful too. Fix those leaky faucets, garbage disposals or again don’t leaving standing water out all the time as we typically do for our pets. Cleanliness is next to godliness. All these tips can help reduce carpenter ant issues as well as other pest issues.
The next warning sign of carpenter ants in and around your home is that lot of dead tree branches on the ground and fallen trees. You might see trees that are sagging or leaning in weird directions. Leaning trees happen because the carpenter ants weaken the trees when they burrow out space to create their colonies. If you see these signs, you’re going to want to get a pest control treatment before they seek out space for their nests inside your house.
Finding them around outside your home is a warning they may be in your home soon or already are. Winged ants are a significant sign of severe carpenter ant problems. If you are seeing them around, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have an infestation inside your home. The colony sends out scouts over great distances to search for food and water sources and new places to build an adjacent territory.
If you are seeing the ants kill them right away, it is essential to reach out to a pest control service. They should be able to find entry points and trails and cut them off, so your food and water sources are not worth the risk.
So if you see any of these warning signs: weak, brittle wood around your home, small sawdust piles around entry points, the deadfall of trees and branches, and seeing giant black ants, and flying black ants, consider getting this taken care of immediately.