Spring is around the corner. Many know this by what a certain rodent’s shadow displays. However, we know this when the first signs of this bug starts showing itself all over the city.
Spring is the time of year when The Black Carpenter Ant appears inside kitchens and bathrooms in South-Eastern Michigan. And unless your home is brand new, this probably isn’t the first time you’ve seen one of these bad boys (actually, most of the ants you see are girls).
Where there’s 1 ant, there are always many more
Like all ants, the carpenter ant is a social insect, which means, “If there is one, there are many, many more.” Only a small number of ants within the colony will begin foraging for food in the spring months, so don’t underestimate the size of the problem based on how many ants you see on the surface!
Carpenter Ants are Wood-Destroying Insects
Carpenter ants, similar to termites, cause significant damage to wood. Many times, they nest in the floor joists near wet-walls (i.e. kitchens, bathrooms). These ants chew holes throughout the 2×4 or 2×6 beams. Because the ants concentrate near moist areas, the wood is much easier to bore out.
Most Carpenter Ant Infestations Require an Exterminator to Solve
Calling an exterminator is the best option to remediate this issue because the products available to us are designed to eliminate the problem, not put a band-aid on it like off-the-shelf products.
Our experienced exterminators have seen this issue thousands of times and know where to inspect and apply products to get the carpenter ants out of your home and keep them out.