Carpenter ants are large (.25 to 1 in/0.64 to 2.5 cm) ants that are indigenous to many parts of the world. They prefer dead, damp wood in which to build nests. Unlike termites, they do not eat the wood. Carpenter ants will hollow out sections of wood for their nesting galleries. The most likely species to be infesting a house in the Capital Region is the black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus). However, there are over a thousand other species in the genus Camponotus.
Carpenter ants will forage to your home from nearby in search of food. They are usually abundant on your landscape plants whey they search for food. Carpenter ants will feed on aphids that produce honey dew like secretion that they just love! In fact, carpenter ants will groom and "farm" the aphids to keep the flow constant and healthy. The aphids, in agreement to live, kindly allow the carpenter ants to eat the sugar. Once the aphids leave, the carpenter ants will forage toward the home in search of carbohydrates.
Carpenter ant species reside both outdoors and indoors and prefer moist, decaying or hollow wood. They cut "galleries" into the wood grain to provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest. Certain parts of a house, such as around and under windows, roof eaves, decks and porches, are more likely to be infested by carpenter ants because these areas are most vulnerable to moisture. Carpenter ants are soft-moist wood excavators who engage in a mining process to provide passageways and nesting areas. In doing so Carpenter ants can cause significant structural damage. Because the ants stay out of sight, the damage can go undiscovered until there is a home renovation project or you attempt to sell your home and a structural inspector finds the problem.
Carpenter Ant Eradication involves locating the ants inside the home and evicting them from the wall voids where they most likely have setup a satellite colony. Once the ants have been eradicated from the home a follow-up visit is needed to eliminate any new hatch outs that were resistant to the initial treatment. Unhatched eggs from a carpenter ant colony are protected and may survive the treatment. Residual treatments may slow or eliminate the hatch outs but a follow-up treatment should be conducted to insure 100% success. After the inside treatment, a barrier treatment is applied to the outside to prevent re-entry. Barrier treatments last about 90 days.
For a free inspection and evaluation please call us in the Capital District (Albany, NY-Schenectady, NY- Troy, NY) at 518-859-7378 in Clifton Park, NY at 518-371-7378 in Saratoga Springs, NY at 518-587-5050 and in Chatham, NY at 518-392-5543.
Meerkat has over 30 years combined experience exterminating carpenter ants in the capital region. Carpenter ants are a wood destroying insect that can cause structural damage to your home in a short amount of time. Meerkat uses the most modern techniques to exterminate carpenter ants from your home and to keep them out for good. As a homeowner or a business owner you can help prevent carpenter ant infestation by eliminating conducive conditons such as moisture problems, overgrown vegetation next to home or wood piles stored to close to the structure. For more information on conducive conditions and a free inspection please contact us at 518-489-7378.