Carpenter Ant Control in Northern Virginia
How to spot an infestation
Carpenter ants swarm in the spring as part of mating. After mating, each female ant establishes a new colony in another location. These flying ants are a sign of an active colony of carpenter ants that is spreading out on your property. It is only a matter of time before they choose a wooden pole in your yard or your deck as their home. While they provide a valuable service by decomposing wood if they live in a tree stump or dead limb on your property, they are not doing you as a homeowner any favors when they reside in the wood under your house.
Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood. That does not make them any less dangerous. In order to establish and expand their colony they dig tunnels in wood. These tunnels damage the wood and if the tunnels are in one of your wooden deck supports eventually you will need to replace the damaged wood.
If you have not seen any ants resembling the above description that does not mean your property is free from carpenter ants. They live in wood and may not be that easy to spot unless you go looking for them. Once you suspect you have carpenter ants you need to do more than set out ant traps. You need a professional pest control service to identify, control and eliminate carpenter ants before they inflict damage to the wood in your home. They have the expertise to find all the colony locations on your property and mitigate any future damage. Money spent on prevention will far outweigh the costs of replacing the damage to your property caused by carpenter ants.