What Every St. Louis Resident Should Know About Carpenter Ant Control
November 05, 2021 - Carpenter Ants
Finding ants in your St. Louis, Missouri home is never a pleasant experience, and, unfortunately, ants are one of the most common pests in the area and throughout the country. If you’re a property owner, there’s a high chance you’ll deal with ants around your home or business at one point or another.
However, some ant species are more of a problem to encounter than others. All ants can indeed be highly invasive, making them arduous to remove altogether, but some are also destructive or dangerous.
The carpenter ant is one of these problem species. As their name suggests, these ants can tunnel through wooden structures. Because of this, they can destroy many items throughout a property doing similar damage as termites. But, there is a key difference. While termites eat wood, carpenter ants don’t consume it but instead tunnel through it.
What Do Carpenter Ants Look Like?
While ants can look similar to some other species in the area, there are some characteristics you can look for to tell them apart.
They are dark brown or black, and they have a single “waist” known as a node that attaches their thorax to their abdomen. They also have noticeable pincers coming from their mouths and are larger than many species, growing to be 5/8 of an inch in length.
Just How Much Damage Do Carpenter Ants Cause?
While termites might overall do more damage, this is only because they’re more likely to spread throughout a building without being noticed. Carpenter ants can do very similar kinds of damage to termites, especially over time and if the infestation is allowed to grow.
These ants can destroy wooden flooring, support beams, wooden doors, drywall, and outbuildings. The larger the infestation gets, the more destruction will happen. This can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs and a lot of stress for property owners.
Also, just like other ant species, they will get into food items. While they aren’t known to spread any specific diseases, any food they come into contact with will need to be discarded.
Six Carpenter Ant Prevention Steps
It’s much easier to take preventive measures ahead of time to keep carpenter ants out than it is to remove them. If you don’t have carpenter ants already, now is a great time to implement some steps to deter them.
Here are six specific action items you can follow:
- Remove any decaying or water-damaged wood from around the property.
- Always store firewood in a dry, organized way and somewhere that’s at least 30 feet away from any buildings.
- As carpenter ants are attracted to food sources, always wipe up food and drink spills right away and commit to keeping kitchen areas cleaned.
- Make sure to place tight lids on garbage cans both in and around the property.
- Excess moisture can attract many ant species, so fix any broken pipes or faucets and use dehumidifiers where needed.
- Seal up entry points around your home or business by repairing broken screens and patching up holes in the walls and foundation.
This work upfront can save you from a lot of headaches down the road.
How To Eradicate Carpenter Ants
Once carpenter ants have established themselves around your St. Louis residence, they can be particularly challenging to remove. These ants can get into tiny areas inside walls or under floors, so professional pest control help is the easiest way to remove them.
All you have to do to get started is call Roberts Pest Control to request your free inspection. We are here to help remove these invasive pests and keep them from coming back.