Carpenter Ants in Greater Kansas City Area
Carpenter ants are among the largest ants in the greater Kansas City area. There are several species of carpenter ants that may be found infesting homes and other buildings. The most likely species to be infesting a house in Leawood, Olathe, Shawnee, Overland Park and Lawrence, Kansas is the black carpenter ant.
Carpenter ants prefer dead, damp wood in which to carve out galleries and build nests. They do not eat the wood, however, unlike termites. Carpenter ants have also been known to hollow out sections of trees. It’s recommended as preventative measure that woodpiles not be stored next to the home.
Homeowners should watch for ants which are foraging indoors. To find their nests look for piles of course, stringy wood particles, dead insect parts and other debris. Such remains may be found from behind moldings, sifting from cracks in siding and under porches. Because carpenter ants do not consume the wood as food, these excavated particles are dumped outside the nest.
InCide® Pest Control Insulation installed in the attic, sidewalls and crawl spaces of your home can help eliminate carpenter ants upon contact with the insulation. InCide® is treated with a highly effective pesticide and fire-retardant. It is highly recommended for use in new construction and retrofit applications.
Identification and treatment of carpenter ants can be complicated. Professional treatment is strongly recommended. InCide® Pest Control Insulation may only be installed by a licensed pest management company. Ask your pest control company about installing InCide® in your home.