Why Am I Suddenly Seeing Flying Ants In My Home?
The sudden appearance of flying ants inside your home can be quite unsettling and concerning. It means that there is possibly an infestation in your wall voids, a nest somewhere else inside your home, or outside on your property. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at flying ants and what to do should you find them around your home this spring and summer.
Ants in New Jersey have wings?
Yes, they do. Well actually, the reproductive members of ant colonies have wings, the other ants in the colony do not and must rely on their six legs to get about. During certain times of the year, winged ants will leave an existing colony when it is time to seek out a mate and reproduce – in other words, they disperse to create the next generation of ants. Here in New Jersey, the winged ant that we’re most concerned about is the carpenter ant, a wood-destroying insect capable of causing minor cosmetic to more serious damage in and around a home.
And speaking of wood-destroying insects, they’re often mistaken for termites
Unfortunately, New Jersey is home to more than one type of wood-destroying pest. That’s right friends, homeowners in our region must be on the looking for both carpenter ants and termites. And because both insects swarm and look similar in appearance when doing so, they’re often mistaken for one another. Read our blog post, Flying Ants Versus Swarming Termites In New Jersey, to find out how to distinguish them from each other.
Where do carpenter ants nest when they’ve infested a home?
While carpenter ants usually nest in dead or rotting stumps, logs, and other wood outdoors, when they move indoors, they’re often found where water-damaged wood or moisture problems are present including, but not limited to:
- Wall voids
- Door frames
- Window frames
- Leaking chimney flashing
- Crawl space
What to do if you suspect a carpenter ant infestation
If you’ve seen flying ants in your home or have good reason to believe you have an infestation of these pests on your property, contact Arrow Pest Control today. Our locally owned and family-operated pest control company offers effective carpenter ant treatments in Paramus, Old Tappan, and communities throughout Bergen County as well as elsewhere in our multi-county service area.
How Arrow gets rid of carpenter ants in New Jersey homes
When you reach out to Arrow for help getting rid of carpenter ants, here’s what we’ll do:
- Conduct a thorough inspection to determine if there is a carpenter ant infestation
- Perform an exterior carpenter ant treatment that is focused on the perimeter of your dwelling and also on carpenter ant hotspots on your property
- Treat the inside of the house if carpenter ants have already made their way indoors
- Return for two follow-up services to make sure that our exterminators eliminated the problem- completely!
- Issue a one-year carpenter ant warranty that can be renewed every year by scheduling an inspection
For greater protection against carpenter ants and other pests, consider signing up for Arrow’s Home Protection Plus
We understand that you might be looking for a one-time treatment solution but if you’d like to ensure your home is free of carpenter ants and other house-infesting pests all year round, we highly recommend Arrow’s Home Protection Plus. Starting at just $52/month, this ongoing home pest control service provides protection from more than 30 pests and includes our termite monitoring advantage as well! Check out the plan and pricing below or simply give us a call to learn more about how our team can help you keep wood-destroying carpenter ants out of your home!
Home Protection Program Plus
This program includes everything from the Home Protection Program - PLUS carpenter ant control and our termite monitoring advantage. Arrow will install a passive subterranean termite monitoring system at critical or conducive areas along the exterior perimeter foundation of your home. This system will include up to 4 in-ground subterranean termite monitoring stations. These stations will be serviced and inspected as part of your routine service.
Should the monitors indicate termite activity or termites occur within the home, Arrow will provide you with a termite treatment proposal at a 50% discounted rate, and you will be upgraded to Arrow Premier at the current prevailing rate.
- Is a year-round program that provides full interior and exterior service.
- Service includes a one-time interior service per year and two exterior treatments.
- Covers your entire property* including the attic, mailbox, playset, shed, and fence.
- Termite monitoring advantage
Pests targeted with Arrow’s Home Protection Program Plus includes all the pests included in the Home Protection Program PLUS carpenter ants, pharaoh ants, and acrobat ants.
*If you have a pool house that requires service, pricing would increase based upon the size of the structure.
*Termite monitoring advantage is not applicable in over-55 communities
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