Most of the time when people think about insects causing property damage they think about Termites. What they don’t think about though, are Carpenter Ants.
Carpenter ants are one of the biggest insect threats to Canadian homes. Generally larger than most ants and either dark brownish red or black in color, carpenter ants are found across the country and infestations often remain undetected.
Carpenter ants don’t consume wood fiber, instead they hallow it out by creating galleries in which to nest. In nature carpenter ants are very useful entering into fallen trees and hallowing them out for quicker decomposition but it’s an entirely different matter when it comes to your home. Because carpenter ants like moist wood an invasion usually comes along the foundation line, under windows or eaves that are wet, or whether our plumbing leaks or excess condensation. They’ll burrow constantly as the nest expands and push the wood that they remove from their tunnels out of the boards. Often, you’ll find cone shaped piles of these castoffs along the floor near the nest, this usually looks like sawdust.
The problem detecting carpenter ants is that they work slowly. You might not notice your home’s structure has been compromised until it’s too late. If you suspect there may be a carpenter ant infestation at your home, play it safe and call the professionals at Poulin’s Pest Control. Check us out online at Poulins.ca for the Poulin’s Pest Control location nearest you.