Carpenter Ants in Your Home?
The large black ants in your Long Island home are most likely carpenter ants. Getting rid of carpenter ants is not a job for your DIY homeowner because this ant can have several satellite nests and thousands of workers. A professional exterminator will help you to eliminate the ant colony. Most over-the-counter insecticides will only kill the ants foraging for food. The colony will continue to destroy wood.
What do Carpenter Ants Eat?
Carpenter ants eat insects and aphids outside. Inside, carpenter ants eat meats and pet food, as well as sweet stuff like syrup, honey, sugar and jelly.
While carpenter ants don’t eat wood, they hollow wood out to make their nests and tunnels. The ants work to clear sawdust and other debris so their nests and tunnels are smooth. The longer a colony is present in a home, the greater the damage that can be done. Structural wood can be weakened when carpenter ant damage is severe. Fun fact? Carpenter ants may be heard at night. They make a distinctive munching or rustling sound as they make their nests by chewing wood.
What Attracts Carpenter Ants into Your House?
Carpenter ants are large black ants who are wood destroying pests. Carpenter ants are especially attracted to your home if you have any one of these conducive conditions:
- leaking roofs
- any leaking or dripping plumbing
- wet damp basement areas
- previously water damaged wood
- leaks around your skylights, sliding doors, windows
- wood stacked against your home
If you suspect a carpenter ant colony in your home or business, please contact Suburban Exterminating of Long Island at (631) 864-6900 or (516) 864-6900.