We all know that termites are a significant threat to homes and businesses in Hawaii. They can completely total a home and make it unsafe to live in. But do you know that carpenter ants can do the same kind of damage?
When windows and doors begin to stick, we immediately think of termites. These wood destroying creatures gnaw their way through support beams until the structure of a home begins to warp and bend. They cause walls to bulge, floors to dip, and ceilings to sag. But carpenter ants can do the same thing. Sure, they take longer to do it. But that doesn't mean you should let them. That is why it is important to recognize a carpenter ant threat--if you don't have ongoing professional pest services.
Here are the 4 ways carpenter ants will let you know they are in your Maui home or business:
If you see an occasional ant walking around inside your property, you definitely want to take a closer look. Carpenter ants don't eat wood; they eat food. So they will send out scouts to find food, just like other ants do. When you see a carpenter ant, it will be larger than other ants--which will make it easier for you to look closely at its waist and see if it has one tiny node between its thorax and abdomen.
If you get "flying ants" inside your home every spring, that is bad news. Flying ants aren't a species of ant. They are a caste of ant. When an ant colony matures, it begins to produce male and female, winged reproductives. These winged ants leave the nest in search of a new place to build a nest. If this has happened several times in your home, you can expect that there are multiple nests inside your walls.
If you see a line of large, black ants walking across your floor to get to a food source, like a bowl of pet food left out overnight, you're going to want to find out what kind of ants those are.
Since carpenter ants don't eat wood, there is a chance you'll find some sawdust, called frass, laying around. They push these particles out of kickout holes.
Carpenter ants chew galleries and tunnels in wood. And while it may take some time for these wood chewers to cause your porch to sink in at the middle, doors and windows to stick, walls and ceilings to bulge, you can know for sure that they have the ability to do it. Don't let a carpenter ant problem go unresolved. The team here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions can take care of those ants and make sure your property is safe. In fact, we guarantee it.