Carpenter ant control can be difficult and requires an integrated approach which involves moisture elimination, removing overhanging tree limbs and firewood, and mechanical alterations to prevent entry. It is important to locate the source of the ants (the nest or satellite nests). Areas where water leaks occur, particularly the roof, soffits, bathroom, and kitchen should be inspected.
In the spring, carpenter ants send out large swarms of winged adults for reproduction. If there is a nest already inside your home, swarms of winged insects are often seen trying to escape through a window. This is usually the homeowners’ first clue that there is a problem. Other telltale signs are piles of wood particles and large black ants in and around the house. Also, if it’s quiet, you might hear carpenter ants scratching wood inside the walls.
For a prompt, effective control program using an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy, contact the carpenter ant specialists at Waltham Services.