Carpenter ant

From Baltimore to Los Angeles, nearly every home owner in the United States is concerned about a termite infestation in their home. However, there is another pest that can be just as troublesome as the termite: the carpenter ant. Like termites, carpenter ants have the capacity to damage the integrity of your home’s structure. Here’s a closer look at the ins and outs of a carpenter ant infestation:

  • Carpenter Ant Nests: Carpenter ants build two types of nests: parent colonies and satellite colonies. Parent colonies consist of a queen, her brood, and worker ants. As the carpenter ant population increases, however, workers create satellite colonies within 20 to 40 feet from the parent nest. There may be several satellite colonies in one home at any given time, each containing several thousand carpenter ants. If you notice any of the signs of an active carpenter ant infestation, contact your local pest control company.
  • Infestation Damage: As carpenter ant populations grow, so do the number of colonies (and amount of damaged wood) within your home. While the damage caused by carpenter ants is not as severe as the damage caused by termites, a carpenter ant infestation may cause significant structural damage if not treated within a reasonable amount of time. To prevent the spread of carpenter ants throughout your home, be sure to contact a professional pest exterminator at the first indication of an infestation.
  • Control Methods: The best method to control a carpenter ant infestation is to locate and destroy the parent colony. Doing so on your own, however, can be challenging – which is why you should contact your pest control company if you suspect a carpenter ant infestation within your home. Pest control companies utilize the latest technologies and techniques to completely rid your home of carpenter ants.

If your home is infested with carpenter ants, don’t hesitate to contact the professional exterminators at Rest Assured Pest Control. With more than two decades in the pest control industry, we are one of Baltimore’s preferred pest control companies. To schedule your free in-home inspection, contact us online or call (410) 317-8510

Tips for protecting your home from ants


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Carpenter ants are the most commonly found ants inside homes. They look for moisture, food, and shelter. If they find these hospitable elements, they’ll create a nest. Ultimately, this can greatly damage the structure of your home. Here are a few things you can do to deter ants from invading your home:

  • Ventilate: Proper ventilation will prevent mold and mildew growth in your home. Because ants are attracted to moisture, mold and mildew will encourage infestations. Use fans and ducts to quickly eradicate pollutants and moisture by transferring it outside of your home.
  • Seal: Exterior holes can develop near wiring, doors, windows, trim, sliding, and your foundation. Seal them with caulk to prevent ants from entering. Weather strips can also work on doors and windows to thwart ants.
  • Prune: Trees and shrubs near your home can be used by ants to gain access to your home. Trim the foliage away from windows or possible openings. Be careful when bringing firewood into your home. Inspect the pieces for insects and, once the wood is inside, keep it elevated and away from moisture.
  • Clean: Food anywhere in the house is going to attract ants. Clean up spilled food or beverages immediately. Don’t leave pet food on the ground and take out the trash often. Cleaning will deter pests from entering your home.
  • Powder: If you know the location of where ants are entering your home, sprinkle talcum powder across their path. Talcum powder is a natural ant repellent that ants won’t cross.

If ants do become a problem in your home, don’t hesitate to find a quality pest control expert who will eliminate them. At Rest Assured Pest Control, our pest experts provide prompt, professional service to help you enjoy a pest-free home as soon as possible. For more information or to request a free home inspection, give us a call at (410) 317-8510.

Carpenter Ant Infestation


When carpenter ants invade your home, they make their colonies within the wooden framing of the walls, ceilings, or anywhere they can reach. If left unattended to, these ants will expand their colonies and can literally destroy the structure of an entire home.

This video demonstrates the destructiveness of carpenter ant colonies. These ants are between ½ and ¾ inches long and have red or yellow hairs running up and down their backs. If you see a carpenter ant, call an exterminator immediately—the sooner you hire an expert, the less structural damage you’ll have to repair.

 

If you have any questions or want to learn more, contact Rest Assured Pest Control in the Baltimore, Maryland area at (410) 317-8510 or check out our website for more information. We specialize in ant, termite, and bed bug removal, and can help you solve any infestation