More About Ants
Ants are the most common type of pest found in the home. Belonging to the Formicidae family and the insect order known as Hymenoptera, ants are closely related to wasps and bees. There are numerous different species of ants (more than 12,000 in the world), although carpenter ants, Argentine ants, pharaoh ants, fire ants, and sugar ants are the most common species to be household pests in North America.
It’s important to keep in mind that ants that appear inside your home often have their colonies outside of your home. Try tracking ants back to their source whenever possible and once you’ve found the source, contact an exterminator to guarantee the problem is solved. One of the more problematic ant species that plagues homeowners is the carpenter ant, which can do serious damage to your home if left unchecked. Here are some signs you might have carpenter ants:
- Ants marching across your floors or walls. Carpenter ants are large, and have no qualms about searching for new food sources out in the open.
- Piles of sawdust or fecal pellets, typically in room corners or darker areas.
- Small holes within wood, which indicate the presence of carpenter ant tunnels within the structure of your home.
Carpenter ants are not like the other syrup-eating ants we find in a home. Carpenter ants require a higher level of pest removal, as they are known to cause structural damage to wood by tunneling and nesting inside wood structures. Carpenter ants are also quite large (about 3/8 to 1/2 inch long) and black or red. If a nest of carpenter ants is found, injecting an insecticide into wall voids, or drilling small holes into the wood to get through to the nest itself, will likely be necessary. In the event of a carpenter ant infestation, the service of a professional exterminator is almost always required.