What to Do if You Think Your Syracuse Property Has Carpenter Ants

carpenter ant crawling on the groundChewing through wood without eating the contents, these six-legged insects are a serious concern for homeowners all over New York.

Carpenter ants are easily identified by their large size, approximately ¼ to 5/8 an inch at maturity. These ants are often a shiny black in appearance and sport a singular node between their head and thorax. Winged alates, or reproductive caste members, may be spotted during the fall and early spring season.

Carpenter ants are capable of doing quite a lot of damage in a Syracuse home. Although they do not consume wood or destroy supports as much as termites do, they are still a formidable problem when introduced to the interior of a home. Over a long period of time, carpenter ants may significantly affect your:

  • Ceilings 
  • Walls 
  • Floorboards 
  • Furniture items 
  • Structural supports

Unfortunately, the damage doesn't stop there. Carpenter ants must forage for food to survive and will travel distances from their colonies to bring back sustenance. Because of this, any foods or dry goods in your home may become contaminated by bacteria. These are primarily spread from carpenter ants' continuous wandering through less than savory places. If you think or know that your Syracuse property has a carpenter ant problem, call your local pest control provider for help.

Spotting The Signs And Symptoms Of Syracuse Carpenter Ant Infestations

Spotting just one carpenter ant does not necessarily indicate a full-blown infestation is taking place in the home, but it is a good reason to look for other signs and symptoms. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of infestation include:

  • Spotting large, winged ants inside the home 
  • Noticing hollow-sounding wood when tapped 
  • Frass, or very fine sawdust, around wooden items 
  • Bored holes in wood, usually no more than ¼ inch wide 
  • Stuck doors and windows 
  • Sloping floors, sagging ceilings, and bulging walls

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You’re Not Impervious, So Get Pestmaster® Services!

Carpenter ants are one of those pests that homeowners rarely see coming. They can bore their way through furniture, floorboards, and structural supports, and Syracuse residents who have experienced an infestation know that carpenter ants are extremely difficult to fully eliminate. Spotting the signs of their presence is an excellent first step, but home prevention methods alone are not enough to keep them from creating a path of destruction.

At the first sign of carpenter ant infestation in your Syracuse home, contact the professional team here at Pestmaster® Services. We’re not just your average pest control facility, but a solid business with over 40+ years of professional experience under our belt. We don’t believe in doing the same thing everyone else has always done, which is why we firmly believe in “Pest Management with Environmentality"® We are proud to deliver safe, non-toxic, environmentally friendly pest treatments to households all over Syracuse.  

Give the team at Pestmaster® Services a call to set up your residential ant treatment right away, or stop into our Syracuse location to speak with one of our team members. Have a few questions you’d like answered first? Chat with a local Pestmaster® immediately by completing our on-site contact form. We understand that safety is your top priority, and we make it our business to deliver only the highest quality services, products, and treatment plans for your carpenter ant infestation. Experience the “Environmentality®” difference at Pestmaster® Services!