Carpenter Ants

Professional Carpenter Ant Pest Control San Antonio TX

Becoming a victim of the carpenter is something most people do not give much thought to. When someone verbally admits to being a carpenter ant victim, those who do not understand will instantly shrug it off. Yes, most carpenter ants do not grow larger than ½-inch in length, while the queen is slightly larger at about 5/8 inches. With this said, shrugging off the victim’s story, you are totally ignoring the problem. Carpenter ants are some of the hardest working, diligent, and dedicated insects in the world. The insects colonize to make their forces even more notable in human habitats.

While the carpenter ant bite is not nearly as detrimental as the fire ant, the two insects belong to the same family “Formicidae”. The ant is the only insect species known to have what scientists deemed a “metapleural” gland. This organ generates a unique secretion comprised of phenols. According to a study posted online at the NIH National Library of Medicine, metapleural gland secretion plays an important role in protecting ants from being attacked by their enemies. Phenols contain antiseptic and insecticidal properties, according to the study.

Should I Be Concerned About A Few Carpenter Ants In My Home?

Again, most people find it comical to think a creature as tiny as the carpenter ant could make someone’s life miserable. The carpenter ant is harmless, sounds plausible does it not? Well, this may very well be the case. But, when combining a large number of carpenter ants into a single colony, you have a problem on your hands. Carpenter ant colonies have been known to have tens of thousands of members. The colony, comprised of the queen, swarmers, drones, workers, and soldiers, can be a major nuisance and plague on your entire home. How is this possible? Carpenter ants leave contaminants, such as fecal matter, along paths traveled to and from the main colony.

Can Carpenter Ants Damage The Structural Components Of A Home?

Absolutely, carpenter ants utilize their mandibles to excavate tunnels in rotting wood. While the structural damage caused by carpenter ants is minor to that of the termite, it is damage nonetheless.

Carpenter ants utilize their mandibles to break down decaying wood to make way for tunnels. Once the rotting wood is cleared away and tunnels excavated, the workers begin to erect nests. The nests are utilized to house the queen’s hundreds of thousands of eggs.

Is It Possible To Fully Exterminate A Carpenter Ant Colony?

By the time young students graduate from preschool, they are generally very familiar with the ant colony. Scientists have successfully identified between 12,000 and 14,000 species of ants, including the carpenter ant, which is one of the largest of its kind.

As previously mentioned, the carpenter ant colony can have up to tens of thousands of members. When you consider the fact, the queen lays up to 300,000 eggs on a good day, the population is continuously growing. If our exterminators can locate the queen, full extermination of the carpenter ant colony is possible. As long as the queen is alive, the colony will remain viable, even if thousands of members are exterminated.

Will DIY Pesticides Render A Full Extermination Of Carpenter Ants?

Probably not, since do-it-yourself pest control products are the weakest formulas available over-the-counter in big-box, home & garden, and hardware stores. Only certified exterminators and pest control technicians have access to industrial-strength pesticides. The limitations can be contributed to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. The EPA believes it is necessary to restrict brick-and-mortar and online pesticide sales to low potency formulas. These restrictions are part of a bigger initiative to protect the environment from unnecessary exposure to toxic chemicals found in pesticides.

How Do I Schedule A Professional Free Carpenter Ant Inspection?

Contact our local office conveniently located in the city, where we have quick and easy access to all nearby residential communities and the Business District. We have several contact options – social media, email, and landline. We need at least 48 hours to process your service request. To avoid exacerbating the carpenter ant problem, contact our extermination team today.

How Can I Strengthen The Pest Barrier Around My Home To Keep Carpenter Ants Out In The Future?

Carpenter ants are dedicated insects, especially the workers. Nearly every aspect of the colony’s survival depends on the workers. Tunneling excavation, food foraging, and building nests are all the responsibility of the worker carpenter ant. And, this is not to mention, the continuous maintenance required to keep the underground tunneling network in good condition, the workers’ responsibility.

In most cases, one carpenter ant colony can have one, two, three, or more enemy carpenter ant colonies in the same vicinity. This is very unfortunate for all the colonies because food shortages are a major problem caused by the carpenter ant overpopulation.

Here is what you can do to safeguard your home from future carpenter ant infiltration:

  • Seal small cracks, crevices, gaps, and holes (all entry points into your home) with a waterproof sealant
  • Seal large utility passages with custom-to-fit plywood or metal sheeting
  • Educate all occupants of the home about the carpenter ant prevention
  • We recommend transitioning from manufacturing food packaging to glass, stainless steel, or BPA-free hard plastic storage containers
  • Develop a household waste disposal system
  • Clean up after each meal
  • Repair leaky plumbing pipes and faucets

Our exterminators are working around the clock to control the carpenter ant population in the city. We believe population control is key to reducing the number of new carpenter ant infestation cases each year.

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