Just when you thought the housing crisis couldn’t get worse, carpenter ants and multiple ant species are wreaking summertime havoc on local Long Island homes. Just like us, carpenter ants need homes too, and chances are they’ve picked yours to terrorize.
Carpenter ants get their name because they build their nests in wood. Long Island homes are at risk because carpenter ants nest where they can find water and damp wood. Their first target area is outside wood such as tree stumps, firewood, or the plants around your house. If the outside wood is not enough to sustain their colony, carpenter ants start to build nests inside the home, usually entering through wet, damaged wood. Because there is plenty of moldy, damp wood in Long Island, carpenter ants swarm the area.
During Summer, carpenter ants are focused on finding food and expanding their colony. If they find the perfect conditions at the right Long Island home or office, they will settle anywhere in the building. In most cases, carpenter ants build nests near sinks, dishwashers, roofs, attics, chimneys, electrical outlet boxes, hollow doors, or leaky vent pipes. Literally overnight, several hundred to a thousand ants can set up a satellite colony, and that does not bode well for your Long Island property.
So what’s a homeowner to do to protect against a carpenter ant invasion? To start, look for existing signs of a carpenter ant invasion. If you notice small, chewed up piles of wood shavings or sawdust, that could be a sign of carpenter ants. If you notice 5 or more ants per day in your Long Island property, chances are they have an indoor nest. If you see swarms of winged ants buzzing around your gutters and siding, it is a sure bet that your house or office has been invaded.
Unfortunately, combating carpenter ants is tough because there are 9 types of carpenter ants in the U.S., and store-bought ant poison may not work against the colony. While a single carpenter ant might deliver poison to the nest, there is generally not enough transfer throughout the colony to do any real damage. The only way to eliminate an interior nest is to first find it. Hiring professional exterminators for carpenter ant inspection of your Long Island property is the only way to stop the carpenter ant onslaught.
Fortunately, the experts at The Bug Stops Here know exactly where to uncover the interior nest and eliminate the carpenter ants from your property. The Bug Stops Here proudly provides Pest Control and Exterminator services to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, & Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties), quickly removing carpenter ants and other ant species from your home or office.
The Bug Stops Here will respond within 24 hours, provide on time service, and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call today at 516-665-0706 in Nassau County and 631-563-3900 in Suffolk County for a pest inspection. We are ready to serve you!