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Carpenter Ant Characteristics And Behavior
The carpenter ant species falls within the “social insect” classification. There are two classifications utilized to describe insect behavior. These classifications are “social” and “lone.” What are these classifications, what do they mean, and what role do they play in pest control decisions?
“Social” is a term utilized to describe the natural behavior of insects congregating in large groups. “Lone,” on the other hand, is utilized to describe the natural behavior of insects living, traveling, and feeding alone. These classifications play a major role in pest control because it helps determine the best course of action, in this case, treatment.
What Is The Carpenter Ant?
The carpenter ant, a “Camponotus” species, is characterized by its hard-working, high-activity, and colony-oriented behaviors. The body is segmented, solid black, multi-colored red and black, or reddish/black, with six legs, and two antennas. The species has a mixture of winged and wingless members. The winged carpenter ant is known as a “swarmer,” which is responsible for reproducing. However, some carpenter ant swarmers will set out on their own in hopes of building new colonies.
Each member is vital for the survival of the colony. The queen carpenter ant is the largest members, 5/8” in length compared to ½”. Depending on the circumstance, some carpenter bee species will never surpass 1/8 an inch in length.
The most significant carpenter ant feature is the mandible. Every member of the carpenter ant species has mandible or appendages situated close to the mouth. The mandibles play a major role in food-foraging, tunnel-erecting, nest-building, and self-defense.
What Signs Point To A Residential Carpenter Ant Infestation?
A carpenter ant sighting of three or four carpenter ants will not warrant an “infestation” status. However, such a sighting is a sure sign of things to come. The most common signs of a carpenter ant infestation are as follows:
- Live Insect Sightings – live carpenter ants foraging for food in areas where food is served and taken
- ‘Frass’ Trails – “frass” is a term utilized to describe the debris left behind by wood-gnawing. Carpenter ants utilize their mandibles to break down wooden structures to make way for tunnels and nests
- Audible Noises – some witnesses have reported audible sounds coming from areas where moderately large carpenter ant colonies are hard at work
- Swarming Insects – Winged swarmer activity during breeding seasoning
Why Is My Home Under A Carpenter Ant Attack?
Like most insect species, the carpenter ant does not discriminate. Cleanliness or dirtiness has no impact on the carpenter ant’s decision to target a specific home. These insects search for vulnerabilities in a building structure that will permit quick, easy access. Vulnerabilities could be anything from a small gap between the bottom of an entrance door and a threshold. All that matters to the carpenter ant, at this point, is accessibility.
Insect-Borne Disease – Should I Be Worried About My Family?
The carpenter ant species do not transmit diseases to humans or animals. However, the insect species is notorious for accessing highly contaminated areas, picking up contaminants that will later be deposited in frequented areas. To avoid carpenter ant-borne diseases, such as salmonella and Shigella, solid food storage and disposal systems are crucial.
What Is The Best Pest Control Course Of Action In Carpenter Ant Infestation Cases?
There is little need for a comparison of DIY and professional pest control pesticides and insecticides. While both options have benefits, only professional pest control targets all carpenter ant infestations. Regardless of the level of damage or severity of the infestation, professional pest management is the solution. However, the best course of action is decided by the client, with the help of our qualified extermination team.
Will Over-The-Counter Insecticides Have An Impact On A Carpenter Ant Infestation?
Of course, it will have some impact. But, the level of impact will most likely go unnoticed, especially in moderate to severe infestations. Some consumers have reported success with DIY pest control pesticides. If your budget is holding you back, it does not need to. Our professional and commercial pest management solutions can easily be customized to satisfy your budget.
It goes without saying, DIY pest control is not always the most affordable option. When you consider the low-strength of over-the-the-counter pesticides, repeat treatment only makes sense. The number of repeat treatments will vary from one carpenter ant infestation to another.
DIY pest control products are designed for single-use, which means, each repeat treatment will impose additional expenses. In the long run, you may have saved money by taking the professional pest control route.
Can I Schedule An Appointment For A Carpenter Ant Consultation?
Our customer support team is on standby waiting to take your pest management consultation request. Your request will be processed and an appointment will be set up for the consultation at your earliest convenience. It may take up to 48 hours to dispatch an exterminator to your home.
Are Carpenter Ant Insecticides Environmentally Safe?
Pesticides have improved significantly over the last decade. The push against climate change has had a positive impact on the pesticide market. Today, consumers have a broad range of pesticide formulas at their disposal. Thanks to modern technology, extensive training, and EPA guidance, chemical-based pesticides can be transported, stored, handled, and administered with minimal environmental risks.
What Is My Best Carpenter Ant Infestation Prevention Option?
Again, consumers have two options – DIY and professional pest management, both of which have pros and cons. Out pest management solutions target specific areas and insects to deliver the maximum results every time.