The first step to carpenter ant control is finding the colony. Carpenter ants, often confused with termites, are a significant problem in Maryland, but many people do not recognize the initial signs and symptoms of an infestation. If you have noticed wood shavings around your trees or in your house, you may have a carpenter ant infestation. Pests that can destroy indoor or outdoor wood, carpenter ants, unlike termites, a pest that also destroys wood, do not actually eat the wood they destroy. Instead, they nest in the wood. Instead, the do their damage as part of their nesting behaviors.
If you do get a carpenter ant infestation and do not have it treated, you can be in for a long-term problem because carpenter ant queens can live up to 25 years. Like termites, carpenter ants may swarm, but if you see a swarm it is probably a sign of an underlying long-term problem, because swarms generally happen after a colony matures and the flying ants prepare to fly away and form new colonies. There is virtually no limit to the number of satellite colonies that can form from a parent colony if the conditions are right.
While the initial damage from carpenter ants might not seem significant, they can do extreme damage over an extended period of time. Furthermore, incomplete efforts to end an infestation can result in the colony rebounding and establishing additional satellite colonies.
Viking Pest can treat an infestation by removing nests and using pesticides to kill them. However, to prevent reinfestation, you have to remove the wet or decaying wood that provided the nesting material. In addition to killing the nest, Viking Pest can help identify areas where carpenter ants reinfestations could occur, letting you know how to reduce or eliminate that risk.