New Jersey Carpenter Ant Control
Carpenter Ants are relatively large ants that bore into soft, damp wood and build nests inside the hollow spaces. Although they are often mistaken for termites, carpenter ants do not actually consume the wood. Instead, they push piles of sawdust out through the entrance holes. Also, unlike termites, carpenter ants have narrow waists, bent antennae and wings that are not all the same size. In New Jersey, we mostly see black carpenter ants, but they may also be red or a combination of red and black.
How do Carpenter Ants Enter a Home?
In the outdoors, carpenter ants typically build their nests in decaying trees or piles of old wood. If your home has water damage, it will be easy for the ants to bore through the damaged wood and begin nesting inside your house. When they are trying to establish new colonies, the ants normally swarm during the spring and summer months.
How Much Damage do They Cause?
Because they build tunnels inside the wood in your home, carpenter ants can cause severe structural damage. They can also damage trees that are on your property.
Signs of an Infestation in New Jersey
Carpenter ants usually forage for food at night, so they are not always noticeable. However, if you spot a group of flying ants inside, there is probably a nest in your walls. You may also notice their tiny entrance holes and some sawdust on the floor. The most effective way to treat a carpenter ant infestation is to eliminate their nests. If you suspect that these pests have invaded your home, call us for a free quote today. We have been servicing Ocean County for over 40 years.