Carpenter Ants In Essex County & New Jersey
March 20, 2020
Warm up in NJ announces the arrival of destructive carpenter ants
Not too long ago we discussed termite swarms in New Jersey but did you know that there is another wood destroying insect that swarms this time of year? We’re talking about carpenter ants. Those large black ants that come out in force once the weather warms up.
Are carpenter ants actually destructive?
When you think of threats to your home, most likely storm damage or fire comes to mind and yet one of the most overlooked threats to homes in New Jersey are wood destroying insects. Carpenter ants, though not as destructive as termites, are a serious problem in homes in Essex County and throughout New Jersey and can inflict damage if left un-treated. Whereas termites actually eat wood, carpenter ant damage occurs because of this pest’s nesting behavior.
These wood destroying ants start outside and only move indoors when their colony size expands. Carpenter ants establish satellite nests in a variety of places, including but not limited to:
- Wall voids
- Floor joists
- Window frames
- Ceiling voids
- Wood that is touching soil
- Wood that is moist or rotting due to plumbing issues
Carpenter ants will tunnel across the wood’s grain pushing their frass (also referred to as dust or sawdust) out through their entry points, leaving nice clean tunnels. As carpenter ants excavate in order to create galleries for reproduction purposes, they will start to weaken the wood and that may be evidenced by sagging and bowing doors, floors, ceilings, etc.
How to treat a carpenter ant problem
If you’ve noticed large ants crawling around your home (inside or out), there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a carpenter ant infestation. You may have the urge to run out to the store to grab a few DIY products but we urge you not to. Those products are likely to kill only the foraging ants you see.
In order to exterminate carpenter ants, you must first accurately identify the insect and find the source of the problem. If you eliminate only the ants you see but do not treat the nest, carpenter ants will continue to infest your property. The best course of action is to call a pest control company that specializes in carpenter ant treatments.
Professional Carpenter ant control in New Jersey
For comprehensive carpenter ant control in Livingston, Montclair, West Orange, or elsewhere in Essex County, contact Arrow Pest Control. Offering proven carpenter ant extermination, our locally owned and operated pest control company will:
- Inspect your property to confirm the presence of carpenter ants.
- Identify where these wood destroying ants are nesting, how they’re getting in, and look for areas that are prone to carpenter ant infestations.
- Perform a full exterior treatment and inside too if necessary.
- Return for two follow-up visits to ensure that the carpenter ant infestation has been resolved.
You don’t have to put up with carpenter ants. In fact, you shouldn’t. In a world that is seemingly out of control especially right now, your home should be a place where you relax, where you don’t have to worry. Let the team at Arrow protect your home this spring from carpenter ants and other nuisance and annoying insects so you can focus on spending time with your family. Contact us today to get rid of carpenter ants!