Catch of the Week: Carpenter Ant Swarmers
July 15, 2016
Carpenter ant season is here! Like many other Des Moines homeowners, you may have noticed these annoying pests around your property. Though they may not seem threatening, they can wreak havoc on your home if not taken care of quickly and efficiently.
Let's take a look at the behavior of carpenter ant swarmers and how to detect an infestation!
Carpenter Ant Appearance
The carpenter ant is one of the largest ants in the United States. These pests can range from about 3.4-13 mm long and are typically black in color.
Carpenter Ant Behavior
Carpenter ants can be found both indoors and outdoors in areas with moist, decaying (or hollow) wood. This species of ant will cut into the grain of the wood not only to construct their nest but also to create passageways so they can move from one area of their nest to the other. During this activity, there will be wood shavings produced, which can alert homeowners of their nesting location. Though they burrow in the wood, carpenter ants do not eat the wood. These pests tend to eat a variety of food options that people eat. However, they do also feed on insects.
Signs of a Carpenter Ant Infestation
One of the most obvious signs that a carpenter ant infestation has occurred is when homeowners begin to spot carpenter ant swarmers. The swarmers are produced when a colony has matured, and they need to start a new satellite colony. It is then that they will begin their work on the new colony within the same area or structure.
Have you noticed an influx of carpenter ants around your home? Take care of them with Preferred Pest! It is important to understand the signs of an infestation and contact your local pest professional immediately.
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