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Everything Albany Homeowners Should Know About Carpenter Ants

March 20, 2023

There are lots of pests that you should know about here in Albany. One local species that we believe every homeowner should do their research on is the carpenter ant. This destructive little insect is a nightmare to deal with and the bane of many homeowners. Today, we are going to be breaking down everything you should know about the carpenter ants in Albany and sharing how to get and keep these pests out of your home. Contact Kanga Pest Control now if you have direct questions about our professional services or if you want to schedule an appointment for your home. Let us be your premier choice for pest control in Albany.

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How To Identify A Carpenter Ant Infestation

Carpenter ants are not the most difficult pests to identify. Unlike termites that live underground or inside the wood they eat, carpenter ants only need wooden structures as a place to live. They regularly travel away from their nests to gather food. This sometimes leads them indoors. If you see large, ⅝” long, red, black, or red and black ants crawling around your living areas, there is likely a carpenter ant nest nearby. In the same way, if you see pin sized-holes through your home’s structural wood and sawdust near walls, carpenter ants might be around. Find out for certain if your home has an active carpenter ant infestation by bringing in our team for a thorough pest inspection. 

How Much Damage Can Carpenter Ants Do?

If you have never heard about carpenter ants, you might assume that these pests do something with wood. You would be correct. The biggest difference between a human carpenter and a carpenter ant is how they use wood. Human carpenters turn wood into walls, floors, ceilings, and other supporting features needed to build homes. Carpenter ants chew into these structures and hollow out tunnels for their nests. As you can imagine this can cause extensive damage, over time. The extent of this damage depends on how long you allow these pests to chew through your home. If you identify signs of carpenter ants early and address infestations as they arise, the damage these pests cause will not get to the point where it threatens any structures inside your home.

Three Ways You Can Help Prevent Carpenter Ants

We do not recommend that you take on a carpenter ant infestation on your own. These pests are extremely difficult to control. What you can do, however, is implement these DIY methods to reduce your chances of finding an infestation inside your home.

  • Repair or replace structural wood on or inside your home that is water-damaged, rotting, or in decay.
  • Address moisture problems around your home’s exterior and fix leaky piping indoors that might affect structural wood.
  • Seal holes, gaps, and cracks around your home’s exterior, and make sure all windows and doors are installed and sealed properly.

For direct help to get rid of carpenter ants, call our team at Kanga Pest Control for a service visit.

Carpenter Ant Control Is Best Left To The Experts

There isn’t a simple carpenter ant spray that will make these pests go away. Often treatment involves the use of a few different methods to guarantee that these insects get and stay out for good. We understand these methods at Kanga Pest Control and work hard to provide top-tier pest control for members of our community.

Call our team at Kanga Pest Control to directly learn more about how we will remove carpenter ants in your house and schedule an appointment for your Albany home and property. 

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