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.  Like all ants, the Carpenter Ant is a social insect like many other pests, 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.

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Carpenter Ant Damage

Carpenter Ant Damage in a 2×6 Floor Beam

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.  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.  Exterminators have seen this issue thousands of times and know where to inspect and apply products.  If you do attempt to try on your own, you most likely will see some ants creeping around the home about this time next year…just sayin.