Carpenter ants are a huge problem in White Plains homes all year long. However, they are the most active and cause the most damage during the summer due to warm, humid, conditions. Carpenter ant workers will chew through wood, building tunnels or galleries for the sole purpose of building nests and retrieving food for their colonies. The tunnels will follow the softer parts of the wood that are parallel to the grain; the insides of the tunnels are kept clean and clear of all debris.
These ants will gain access to your home through wood siding, or through cracks and crevices in exterior walls or the foundation; once they gain access, they will be drawn to places where there are excessive amounts of moisture like bathrooms, kitchens, and leaky pipes or faucets that are supplying the wood below with moisture. As they tunnel, these pests damage the wood and can even weaken the structural integrity of your home.
As they chew up the wood into small bits, they push this debris out of the tunnel so that they can continue to work, rest, breed, and gather food inside. Carpenter ants aren't very picky about their food; they will gather up sweet secretions from a variety of other insects, like aphids, and nectar from plants, as well as eat other insects. Carpenter ants will also forage through household kitchens to find fats and sugars.
This summer, the best way to avoid carpenter ants and the damages that they cause is by contacting a professional pest control service. Ants of every variety are very difficult to eliminate once they have established themselves on your property and inside your home. You may see just a few carpenter ants running around, but in essence, you are only seeing a small portion of the entire colony. In order to eliminate the entire infestation of ants, you must get rid of every single ant, including the queens. For that, you will need the aid of highly trained technicians that use the proper techniques needed to effectively and completely get rid of these pests.
Parkway Pest Services in New York is a reputable pest control service that you can count on to take care of all of your carpenter ant problems, as well as any other pest problems you may be experiencing. Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques are Green Shield Certified and are safer for you, your family, and your pets. Our focus is on exclusion and baiting; we use chemicals sparingly, and only when they are necessary. Contact us today for more information our pest control options that can help eliminate carpenter ants and other pests from your home!