Texas is home to many different species of ants, however the carpenter ant is the most common ant that invades Houston homes and they have the ability to cause a significant amount of damage. Ants alone are nuisances to home owners, as they travel in large numbers and are great scavengers; quickly finding the nearest food source. Ants leave an invisible scented trail for the members of their colony to follow that leads from nest to food source, which provides a reliable highway to keep the colony growing at a healthy pace.
Carpenter Ant Infestations
Houston home owners often don’t even realize they are housing a giant carpenter ant infestation until a significant amount of damage has been done. Carpenter ants crawl into hollowed out areas to build nests within the walls of homes. Carpenter ants that invade homes usually range in size from a quarter inch to a half inch in length and have a red dulled colored body with black abdomens. Carpenter ants are just like other ants in the sense that they are social and live in large colonies. Carpenter ants survive by eating meats and any sweet food they can find.
Where Carpenter Ants are Found
The most common areas that carpenter ants are found are cracks and crevices between structural timbers. Carpenter ants are also known to reside in places like hollow toilet lids, window shades that have been hollowed out and hollow doors within a home. Some people think that carpenter ants are similar to termites in that they eat wood, but this is not true. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they form nesting galleries within wood, and this allows them to build their nests within the walls of your home, going undetected and growing quickly into a large infestation.
Carpenter Ant Nests and Signs
Carpenter ants will build large nests in areas like attics, ceilings, wall voids, sub-floors and roofing materials. A sure sign that you have a carpenter ant infestation is the sight of saw dust and dead colony members at the location of an exit hole. Carpenter ants can also invade your outdoor living space. Outdoor carpenter ants are often found nesting in old rotted out tree stumps, fences and fire wood piles. Carpenter ants are not as aggressive as fire ants, but like all ant bites can be painful. If you suspect that your home is infested with carpenter ants, the best thing you can do is call in the help of a professional pest control company. Preventive Pest Control specializes in the complete removal of carpenter ants from your home. Our technicians will eliminate the presence of carpenter ants and protect your home from the damage that they cause. Contact us today for a free inspection and consultation.