Carpenter Ants: Silent Destroyers
Did you know there are more than 700 species of ants in the United States? In fact, ants are the number one nuisance pest in the country. Fortunately, most common ant species – like odorous house ants pose little threat beyond the annoyance of an infestation, but some ant species – like carpenter ants can pose serious threats.
Of all the species, carpenter ants are one of the most problematic. They can cause serious property damage to homes and other buildings. Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. Much like termites and other wood destroying insects, this excavating can compromise the structural soundness of the wood over time.
Carpenter ants build their nests in various wood sources, including tree stumps, fence posts, firewood or landscaping. They prefer to attack wood that has been wet or damage as a result of leaks. Indoors, this means they are often found in damaged window and door-frames, crawlspaces, chimneys, sinks and bathtubs.
A mature carpenter ant colony can contain more than 10,000 workers. In large colonies, it is not uncommon to have multiple nests inside structures as well as outdoors.
Carpenter ants usually gain access to buildings through cracks around doors and windows, holes for wires, or straight through wet, damaged wood. Although carpenter ants first invade wet wood, decayed wood, they may eventually build paths through dry, undamaged wood, too.
InCide® Pest Control Insulation will kill ants upon contact with the insulation and is intended to prevent infestations anywhere the product is applied. InCide® is treated with a highly-effective pesticide and fire retardant. It is highly recommended for use in new construction and retrofit application in attics, sidewalls and crawl spaces. InCide® installed in the attic and walls will lower heating and cooling costs and make your home quiet and more comfortable environment.
InCide® may only be installed by a licensed pest management company. Contact your pest control company today and ask them about InCide® Pest Control Insulation.