Bug of the Month: Carpenter Ants
Most homeowners, at some time, find themselves asking the question, “why are ants in my house?”. Ants are attracted to homes for many different reasons such as moisture, foliage around the homes, and the age of the home. Carpenter ants are often attracted to older homes, with potential moisture issues and older wood. Find out more about carpenter ants, and the best treatment methods to rid them from your home!
Carpenter Ant Anatomy
It’s easy to distinguish Carpenter Ants from other common Midwest ants, due to their dull, large, black bodies. They can be red and brown in color as well. The queens are some of the largest ants in North America. Being insects, they have 3 body segments – head, thorax, and abdomen. Their abdomens are covered in small hairs and they have 12 antennae segments.
Roles and Colonies
Due to the social behavior of ants, carpenter ants are found living in colonies that typically consist of a few thousand workers, winged ants, and a queen. Workers range in size and their primary purpose is to search for food and to build the nest. The queens primary purpose is to reproduce and increase the population of the colony. She feeds her young through salivary glands, until workers are old enough to begin foraging for food. Male winged ants have reached the peak of their sexual maturity, and serve the purpose or reproducing with the queen.
Their nests are built in dead or damp wood, which they chew out to create tunnels for travel. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not ingest the wood they chew, but leave shavings left over where they have chewed. This is often one of the first signs homeowners notice of their activity. They often create nests inside of hollowed out trees, or inside of structures of wood buildings. Carpenter ants can create damage to homes if left untreated.
There are many different types of treatment methods for ants, with varying degrees of effectiveness. Whether seeking to eliminate carpenter ants or any other ant species, the most reliable option would be to seek out a professional who specializes in ant maintenance treatments. Due to their social nature, ant colonies can be targeted using baiting methods, combined with industry leading commercial-grade pesticides.
Trust Spidexx When It Comes to Exterminating Carpenter Ants
Who better to trust to exterminate a carpenter ant colony, than the top choice for pest control service Des Moines, Omaha, and Minneapolis – Spidexx Pest Control. We combine industry leading methods and products, with the kind of care of support that comes with working with a locally operated business. We understand the problems that face your home, because we deal with the same issues at ours.
Get a quote to protect your home from damaging pests like carpenter ants today!