Is the wood in your home deteriorating? Do you see piles of sawdust and hear strange scratching noises? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might have carpenter ants. It’s a little scary when you find carpenter ants or see the damage they cause because nobody wants big ants tearing up their home. Here at Fox Pest Control, we don’t want you to live in fear of carpenter ants.
You might already know for sure that you have a carpenter ant problem. But here are a couple of the most common signs of a carpenter ant infestation in Virginia Beach.
Large ants crawling inside the home or other building, especially if they’re coming out of holes in the walls, ceilings, baseboards, cabinets, or other home features.
Fallen wood shavings, especially if they’re near an ant hole inside the building.
Scratching or rustling sounds in the walls during excavation.
Think you have a carpenter ant problem? Call Fox Pest Control for a free carpenter ant control quote.
Schedule same day service with one of our certified technicians.
Your technician will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized carpenter ant treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.
You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain carpenter ant free.
We come back regularly throughout the year to ensure the carpenter ants don’t come back. If you see any carpenter ant activity between your regularly scheduled service, simply give us a call. We’ll come back for free!
Knowing the difference between these two pests can save you time, stress, and money.
Ants have four wings of different lengths
Termites have four wings of the same length
Ants have a tiny waist
Termites have a broad waist
Ants have an elbow bend in their antennae
Termites have straight antennae, which are like a tiny string of beads.
Even though carpenter ants don’t eat wood, they can still cause a huge amount of damage. Homeowners across the nation spend thousands of dollars out-of-pocket because insurance companies don’t cover damage by insects.
No. True to their name, they carve wood, just like a carpenter. Carpenter ants use their large jaws to cut galleries and tunnels. But unlike termites, they don’t eat wood.
Carpenter ant infestations can be extremely serious and difficult to remove without professional help. Homeowners often spend vast amounts of money and resources to fight carpenter ants, but without long term results.
While some species prefer wet or damaged wood, they can also infest undamaged or dry wood, but that’s much less common.
One reason carpenter ants are difficult to treat is because they make satellite nests, which the queen can replenish if they die out because of treatments.
If the carpenter ants in your home are a satellite nest, it could be many yards away from the main nest. This means the queen will be unaffected by non-professional treatments. The queen could completely restart a new infestation in your home without detection.
Mature carpenter ant colonies can create satellite nests which are separate from the main nest but still dependent on the queen. Satellite nests allow the ants to widen their territory and find more food sources. The ants march back and forth between the two nests to carry eggs and to replenish food for the main colony.
No, because they don’t like to come into the open. Once they gain entry to the house, carpenter ants tend to stay inside the wall voids and out of sight. Because of this, they can remain undetected for 8-10 years.
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Posted December 12th 2019
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Posted December 1st 2019
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Posted December 8th 2019
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