Why Your DIY Treatment is not Working on Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are some of the biggest ants in the United States of America. They can live outdoors or indoors in moist, rotting or hollow wood. Carpenter ants do not eat wood like termites do, but instead, remove the wood and place it outside of their nests in piles. Some signs you may have a carpenter ant problem are if you see the wood shavings mixed with ant debris they leave next to their nest. Another sign is you may be able to hear the rustling sound the as make as they dig their way into your home’s wood.
Carpenter ants like to live in dead trees, stumps and rotting logs. If you have any of these types of rotting wood in your yard, you may want to get rid of it to eliminate a possible habitat for carpenter ants. They also prefer to build their nests where wood has been exposed to moisture. Florida is known for is warm and humid climate, making it a perfect environment for living and breeding carpenter ants.
With Florida’s recent amount of rainfall, more homes than normal may be exposed to an infestation of carpenter ants than usual. If treated early, these ants do not usually cause serious structural damage to houses and buildings. However, they can cause extreme damage if they go undiscovered for an extended period of time. It is advised to seek professional help in eliminating this issue and knowing which pesticide that works best with each species is best determined by a trained technician. Do it yourself treatments usually only treat the ants you see, however, the colony can consist of 300,00-500,000 ants and often times requires a different type of treatment than the conventional DIY method. At Nextgen Pest Solutions, we know how to handle your Hernando County Florida ant pest control needs.