Carpenter Ants Still Destroying Homes in Lake Worth
October 26, 2018
Carpenter ants are known for their propensity to excavate elaborate tunnels and create nests buried deep inside wooden items and structures. Outdoors they invade rotten logs, dead trees, and stumps as well as fallen trees. Inside Lake Worth homes, carpenter ants are active all year long, and once they get indoors they can devastate a home over time, especially if they are working in large numbers. They can excavate their way through wooden decks, steps, furniture, walls, ceilings, floors, and even weaken the structure of a home once they get into the structural beams. Fortunately, they do not cause illnesses, and they do not sting, but they can bite and release formic acid as they do so that can cause some pain at the wound site.
The carpenter ants found in Florida are large, with antenna and legs that host long coarse golden erect hairs, where the body contains shorter hairs. Their presence in Florida, year-round, can be attributed to the warmer temperatures and humid weather conditions. Sadly, most carpenter ant damage can happen without the homeowners' knowledge because they work mostly at night and are usually hidden within the structure they are excavating. Homeowners should be on the lookout for them at all times, and perhaps put a prevention plan in place beforehand.
Some signs of carpenter ant activity:
- Hollow wood sound when tapped
- Faint rustling sound in the walls
- Soft or “punky” wood
- Shed wings of swarmers on windowsills, baseboards, and vents
- Sawdust trails outside exit holes
The best solution to avoid carpenter ants is to trust a professional that can help you to prevent an infestation in the first place, however, if you are already experiencing a problem, they can eradicate them. A professional pest control company, like Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions, can eliminate carpenter ant problems and help you take steps to avoid them in the future. We pride ourselves on our customer service, effectiveness, and efficiency when it comes to protecting homeowners in Lake Worth from nuisance, harmful, and damaging pests. Don’t wait until it is too late, give us a call today for more information!
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