When you are looking to build a home, you hire a carpenter. When you are looking to build a tiny home within a home, you hire carpenter ants. They will even do the job free of charge, just as long as you let them stay free of charge! You don’t even have to hire carpenter ants! If your home fits their building requirements they will simply move on in, whether you want them to or not! But if you don’t want these destructive pests hanging around your Fort Worth property, here’s how you can keep them out.

carpenter ant crawling on a wood fence

What Are Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are the largest known pest species of ants in America, but this does not mean that carpenter ants are large. These pests typically range from 6 to 12 mm long, are reddish-black, and have distinct, powerful mandibles. These mandibles are so strong, that they can break apart wood. Carpenter ants use this strange ability to tunnel homes through wooden structures, usually ones that are softened by water damage, rot, or decay. 

Things That Attract Carpenter Ants

Many things draw carpenter ants to a property. Most often these pests will invade to keep their bellies full and find shelter from the outdoor elements. As a general rule, the dirtier your home is the more food and water sources there will be for carpenter ants to gather. As for shelter, all a carpenter ant needs is a wall, beam, floor, or other wooden structure that is softened by water damage, rot, or decay.

The difference between carpenter ants and termites 

There are two main wood-destroying pests here in Fort Worth: termites and carpenter ants. Both of these pests cause considerable amounts of damage to homes when left untreated, but termites do their job a whole lot quieter. While carpenter ants have no problem crawling through your home and making their presence known, termites hide within wood and damage homes quietly. All of this is to say, both termites and carpenter ants are destructive, you are just more likely to notice a carpenter ant infestation before it gets out of hand.

Some Ways To Prevent Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants have needs, and if your property meets these needs, it will be more susceptible to an invasion. To reduce your chances of having to deal with carpenter ants this year, here are a few prevention tips we recommend you try.

  • Remove fallen trees and tree stumps from your yard.

  • Store woodpiles and untreated lumber at least 30 feet from your home’s exterior.

  • Trim back bushes and tree branches from the exterior of your home to allow sunlight to shine onto its exterior.

  • Seal gaps, holes, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.

  • Repair damage to window and door screens.

  • Make sure all of your exterior doors have door sweeps.

  • Address issues with weatherstripping.

  • Check your gutters and make sure they are flowing properly.

  • Fix leaky piping and fixtures.

  • Use a dehumidifier indoors.

  • Clean your home regularly.

  • Feed your pets indoors and wash out their bowls after every meal.

To make your life a whole lot easier when it comes to handling carpenter ants, reach out to the experts at Pestmaster® Services - San Antonio. Our team of dedicated professionals knows how to handle destructive pests like carpenter ants and are ready to implement solutions today.
 
Contact us today for more information and to schedule your home for a thorough pest inspection.

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