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How to Spot and Prevent Carpenter Ants From Entering Your Home

If fire ants are infesting your home, don’t wait to contact our home pest control in Boynton Beach. It’s important to act quickly to preserve your home and prevent serious damage. Carpenter ants may be small, and you may not see a lot of activity right away, but their damage is extensive and costly. As a result, if you suspect an infestation, contact Ringdahl Pest Control, Inc. How can you tell when carpenter ants have invaded your home? Look for the following telltale signs, and don’t forget to apply our preventative tips.

Destroyed Foundation 

Often mistaken for termites, carpenter ants will enter your home in search of food. They’re attracted to foods high in protein, like pet food, and sugars, such as syrup and honey. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants don’t eat wood. Termites feast on the cellulose in wood, but carpenter ants create tunnels in order to nest. Nevertheless, this results in foundational damage. They’re attracted to wood that is moist and decayed, so if you spot them in your home, it’s likely that you have a moisture problem that needs resolving.

If you spot one ant, don’t be alarmed, as it’s common for one to wander inside alone and its home is a rotting trunk in the backyard. However, if you spot multiple on separate occasions, this is an indication that you have an infestation. Because a single colony can have over 10,000 workers, it’s important that you contact our home pest control in Boynton Beach before the colony has caused visible damage.

Collection of Dust

It’s much easier to spot carpenter ants than it is termites because they don’t eat the wood. After creating tunnels in your wooden structures, the ants leave behind piles of dust that look much like sawdust. It takes a long time for them to cause significant damage, but it’s still advisable to handle the situation as soon as possible.

The first step is to contact Ringdahl Pest Control. We’ll survey your property, then treat the inside and the perimeter of the house. If you need us again, we accept callbacks during the year at no charge. Once we’ve treated the property, it’s recommended that you resolve the moisture problem in your home, so the ants don’t return. They’re drawn to moisture, so they will build nests near areas that encounter water, such as:

  • Windows
  • Doorframes
  • Bathtubs
  • Chimneys
  • Attics

As a result, these are the most likely areas of your home to have wood rot.

Preventative Tips

After you have called our home pest control in Boynton Beach, you can take measures to prevent carpenter ants from entering your home again. Start by removing any pile of debris or wood around your house that can encounter moisture and lead to rot. Because they live in rotting wood, it’s advised that you trim plants, trees, and shrubs around your home.

You can discourage them from building nests near your home by adding gravel or stones around the perimeter of your house, or any type of border that is free of vegetation. Look around for entry points, like cracks in the wall or gaps in your foundation, and caulk the opening. Since they’re tiny, they will easily come in through light gaps on the front and back doors, so it’s advised to seal those openings, too.

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As concern over the state of our planet continues to grow, more people are fighting to save the planet. Our team has joined the fight with high-quality, environmentally safe products. We utilize practices from the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses current information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment.

This helps us provide environmentally friendly pest control in Boynton Beach, using products that cause the least amount of harm to people, property, and the environment. We are proud of the work we have accomplished and will continue to do more. 

Contact Ringdahl Pest Control, Inc.

When you’re in need of services for home pest control in Boynton Beach, contact our team. Our family-owned business has served South Florida for 60 years, offering quality service we can stand behind.