So, you are seeing big black ants crawling around in your home. Should you be concerned? Are these just big harmless nuisance ants, or could they be doing damage to you or your house? Here's what you need to know.
Damages Carpenter Ants Cause
If the big black ants you are seeing happen to be carpenter ants, then you should be concerned because, next to termites, these are the most destructive of the wood-destroying insects. If left alone long enough, carpenter ants can cause significant problems.
While carpenter ants don't actually eat wood, the way termites do, they do tunnel through it. And they don't just dig one tunnel. If left unchecked, they will dig tunnel upon tunnel upon tunnel. They also carve out galleries, which are pockets of space where nests can be established; so more ants can be created; so more wood can be carved out, and it goes on and on.
If wood is wet or rotting, then, even more damage will be done. Carpenter ants are drawn to moisture, like many other household pests. If you have water damage, you are at risk for many insects and animals invading.
Identifying Carpenter Ants
Piles of wood shavings underneath wooden items are a sign of the presence of carpenter ants. Since these ants do not eat the wood, they need to remove the wood particles once they have chewed tunnels and galleries. But often these tiny wood piles are hidden inside walls, in crawl spaces, or in other hidden areas.
If you hear a faint rustling inside woodwork or walls, this can be an indication of carpenter ants at work.
If you see large flying ants emerge from ceilings, walls, or other places, this is a sure sign you have an infestation.
The presence of these ants inside your home is another sign your home is being damaged. These are usually black, but some have a dark red coloring. They are the largest ant will you ever see in your home, and they measure from 7 to 12 mm in length. These ants have a single node between their thorax and their abdomen.
Repair any water-damaged areas on the outside of your home, and seal up any gaps or cracks you find in your foundation or walls.
Clean your home thoroughly of food particles and store all foods inside sealed containers.
Remove water sources inside and outside your home.
If you are having issues with carpenter ants invading your home, the experts here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions are standing by to assist you. Carpenter ants cost property owners in the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars each year and can be a significant threat here in Hawaii. Get help today for a fast resolution to this issue.