When we hear the word “carpenter” it invokes strong images of creation…building…construction. Which is why the cruel irony of discovering you have carpenter ants brings exactly the opposite–a compromised structure that has had its stability altered. How do I get carpenter ants? What signs of carpenter ants should I look for? How do I find carpenter ants nests?
Know Your Enemy
The most common ant types you will find inside your St. Louis area home are odorous house ants, acrobat ants, and the wood-destroying carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are the largest of these three types of ants, at roughly a half an inch in length. These ants are going to be found on windowsills and doorframes. (Outside of your home, carpenter ants are found around trees, gutters, fascia board, or your deck.) The major sign of carpenter ants will be a pile of sawdust, which means you are near a nest. If you see ants that still retain their wings close to the pile, you’ll know the nest is nearby for sure.
Why Ants Like Your House (and How to Prevent Them From Visiting You)
Ants are most often drawn indoors for food and water. High moisture areas (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms) will always be most attractive to ants. They also move inside if their outdoor nests get flooded during periods of heavy rainfall. Carpenter ants eat outdoors, but tunnel through your moisture-damaged wood to make their satellite nests.
What does this mean for you, the homeowner? It means there are three ant prevention tips to keep in mind:
- Keep moisture in your home to an absolute minimum. (Ensure that all plumbing works properly and that there are no leaks. Keep areas around sink fixtures and drains dry after use.)
- Keep your gutters clean and remove all leaf debris that gathers around the foundation of your house.
- Keep limbs of trees trimmed back to limit access to your roofline.
How the Professionals at Holper’s Can Give You Your Home Back
The only way to rid your home of ants, or any other insects/pests, is to have your home professionally treated. The experts at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions have been taking care of St. Louis homes since 1985 and always use low-impact materials for the safety of you and your pets. What sets Holper’s apart, and contributes to their success, is a three-pronged attack on your invaders: treating the inside, treating the outside, and using bait outside of your home. This service is done quarterly (once the initial infestation has been eradicated) to ensure that your home stays clear of ants and many other unwanted insects.
At the first sign of carpenter ants or a carpenter ant nest, call Holper’s at 314-732-1413! We can give you back your home!