Understanding and Treating Carpenter Ant Infestations in Your Home

Having a home is a wonderful investment and a great place to call your own. However, like all investments, there is always a need to protect it from possible damage. While there are a host of different things that can cause damage to a house, one of the more subtle and challenging problems to contend with can be an insect infestation.

Understanding the Risks

There are a wide variety of insects that can cause problems for a homeowner, but two of the worst are termites and carpenter ants. One of the most misunderstood of these is the carpenter ant. In many cases, homeowners initially believe they have an invasive ant problem of regular outdoor ants. Once a few ants are discovered, they attempt to treat the problem by putting insecticide at the suspected point of entry. However, the problem is that carpenter ants do not usually enter the home from the outside. By the time a homeowner sees several carpenter ants inside their home, there is probably an active infestation underway.

The Importance of Treating Carpenter Ant Infestations

Like termites, carpenter ants can cause significant damage to the structure of your home. However, unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood; rather, they simply burrow inside it. Carpenter ants can often be found burrowing into homes to make large nests inside a wall. It is not uncommon for multiple nests to be found in a home if left untreated.

If you see more than one or two large black ants inside your home, you might have a carpenter ant nest in one of your walls, and the only way to properly fix it will be hiring a professional exterminator.

If you believe you have a carpenter ant problem or infestation in your home, contact us today! At Viking Pest Control, we have been helping homeowners get rid of their insect infestations for over 40 years!

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