Carpenter ants love to nest in moist spots in your home. They are particularly fond of homes with leaking roofs and leaking pipes in bathrooms or kitchens. Carpenter ants love that deck footing which is sitting in a puddle! Carpenter ants can also nest in wood piles, dead tree stumps and dead tree branches. The longer the colony has been present, the more likely that there will be structural wood damage.
Don’t Let Carpenter Ants Renovate Your Home!
The black carpenter ant, Camponotus pennsylvanica, is the most common species in the eastern U.S. and is all black. The western black carpenter ant, Camponotus modoc is black with reddish legs. They are wood destroying nuisance pest ants. Carpenter ants nest in wood either inside your home in a satellite nests or somewhere in your yard. The parent nest is often found in dead wood near the home or in nonliving parts of trees. These ant colonies have one queen. The queen lives in the parent nest but the ant colony can have several satellite nests. Colonies may live for many years.
You might first notice just one or two large black carpenter ants in your home. Generally, these single ants are scouts who are looking for a new home, additional food or water. These ants nest in moist areas of your home – destroying your wood beams, decking, and more! Infestations that start in water-damaged areas can move into dry, sound wood.
You might actually hear carpenter ants in their nests. They make a distinctive munching or rustling sound as they make their nests by chewing wood. Infested wood may look normal or may have a blistered surface appearance.
Inspection includes a thorough investigation of the infestation to determine nesting sites on the exterior and in the interior. Call for a free inspection today (631) 864-6900 or (516) 864-6900.