Delaware Carpenter Ant Control Services
What Are Carpenter Ants?
The Delaware exterminators at Viking Pest explain carpenter ants are relatively large, black or dark brown ants that live in organized colonies. Although they don’t sting, they can bite by pinching the skin with their jaws. Like some other varieties of ants, carpenter ants have colonies consisting of a queen and workers. After establishing a site, the queen flies to another location to start the next one.
Carpenter ants can damage your home as they tunnel through wood, particularly wood that’s rotting or damp. To protect your Delaware home or business from carpenter ants, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
How to Identify Carpenter Ants?
Carpenter ants can be distinguished from other types of ants primarily by their size: They can grow up to ¾” long. Their antennae bend at about a 25-degree angle, and they have small pincers at the front of their mouth. Their rear section has tiny hairs that help them sense their surroundings.
Carpenter ants also produce fine dust as they carve out their nests. If you see this dust, it’s time to call the Delaware pest control experts at Viking Pest because it’s just the outward sign of a problem. If you’re able to break or cut open a piece of wood that has been infiltrated by carpenter ants, you will find a gallery consisting of complex tunnels of various sizes.
When Are Carpenter Ants Present in Delaware?
Exterminators explain carpenter ants have a tendency to enter homes and businesses as the weather is getting warmer in the spring and as it starts to cool down during fall.
However, carpenter ants can survive all year long if they have the right habitat. Carpenter ants prefer damp wood because it’s not only soft and easier to burrow through, but it contains water they can drink. The Delaware pest control experts at Viking Pest explain anytime you have damp or rotting wood in or around your home or business, you have favorable conditions for carpenter ants-regardless of the season. Because of the damage these pests can do, it’s a good idea to obtain the help of a professional pest control expert, like Viking Pest, to help with carpenter ant prevention.
Where in the Home or Business Can Carpenter Ants Be Found?
In addition to rotting or damp wood, carpenter ants tend to frequent areas where they can get easy access to water. This includes the sills of windows and doors and areas of the home that may be susceptible to leaking, such as behind the walls in your kitchen or bathroom. The Delaware pest control experts at Viking Pest recommend looking for carpenter ants in the following locations:
- Beneath shingles
- Underneath a leak in a roof valley
- Under the drains of showers or tubs
- Beneath chimney flashing
- Inside firewood that you’ve carried inside
- Areas close to air conditioning due to the collection of condensed water
- Inside insulation
- Inside wood that is in contact with the ground
Even though it may be tempting to attack any carpenter ants you discover, the best way to get rid of carpenter ants is to consult the pest control experts at Viking Pest. Carpenter ants are resilient and can survive in many areas of your home or business in Delaware. Our pest experts can help track them down at their source—or use specialized treatments to get rid of the colony.
How to Control Carpenter Ants in Delaware?
Because home and business owners in Delaware often come across thousands of these creatures, many wonder how to get rid of carpenter ants. The best way to eliminate carpenter ants is to have a pest control expert apply treatments around the suspected colony. During treatment, the ants will bring back specialized bait to their colony where it rids the other ants.
It is best to call a professional instead of trying to use sprays to kill carpenter ants. Spraying only affects a few at a time. The kinds of sprays you buy at a hardware store may weaken the effects of any bait used by a professional to properly and effectively control carpenter ants in Delaware.
Hire Viking Pest to Help Control Carpenter Ants in Delaware
Viking Pest offers expert treatments designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent carpenter ants from invading your home or business in Delaware. Our use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques focuses on finding the core of the pest concern and controlling carpenter ants from the source. Through IPM, pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, pets, and the environment. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!