Although people often regard ants as harmless, the fact remains that they can do a lot of damage to your home if you're not vigilant. Although carpenter ants do not consume the wood in your home's walls, they should never be underestimated. The modus operandi of the carpenter ant is to "hollow out" any area of your home that they infest, which can actually affect the structure of your home.
One of the telltale signs of a carpenter ant infestation is tiny piles of sawdust next to your walls. When you see something like this in your home, it's best to call in the experts. This is not a time to DIY; only the experts will be able to help you eradicate these pesky pests from your home. The sooner you solicit help, the more likely it will be that your house can recover from a carpenter ant infestation.
However, carpenter ants aren't always as obvious as some other pests, so you may need to look closely before you actually find them. Here are three places they may be lurking in your home.
This is the carpenter ant's preferred area, allowing them to chew on—and expel—the wooden parts of your wall. When an infestation becomes really bad, you may even be able to hear the carpenter ants rustling around in your walls.
However, carpenter ants do not limit themselves to just wood. They also enjoy chowing down on foam insulation, which can be just as damaging.
If any parts of your home happen to have water damage, you will want to check these areas first. Carpenter ants actually thrive in such environments.
When it comes to protecting your home from these nasty pests, the best course of action is to remove any wood that may be hanging around in your backyard, as this will only attract more carpenter ants. Next, you'll want to go through a regimen of spraying the affected areas with pesticides, as well as possibly baiting.
If you want to be proactive about your situation, however, the best thing to do is to call in the experts at Letha Pest Solutions. With years of experience in this field, the team at Letha can treat the problem while also giving you an accurate assessment of your unique situation.