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New York City Carpenter Ant Pest Control Services
Dealing with a carpenter ant problem? If so, it is crucial to take special precautions because these types of pest infestations pose a health risk to you and your family. While the carpenter ant appears to be a harmless insect species, it is associated with salmonella, Shigella, and E. Coli. What are these conditions? Illnesses that are linked to contaminated food and sometimes water.
The carpenter ant varies in color, ranging from solid black to reddish/black to dark brown. The insect is extremely easy to identify from other insect species, but not so much with other ant species. These insects colonize in groups of thousands to survive in their natural habitats, which can be extremely harsh at times.
The carpenter ant’s tri-segmented – three individual parts (head, torso, and lower body) that are linked together by strong, flexible joints. The insect gets around quite nicely, thanks to its six little legs.
Commonly Reported Signs Of A Carpenter Ant Infestation
- Visual Live Insects – Carpenter ant workers foraging for food on the countertop, sink, garbage can, dining table, and floor
- “Frass” Trails – When carpenter ants gnaw wood, they create a byproduct known as “frass,” which is nothing more than granules of sawdust
- Audible Sound – Colonies of working carpenter ants create a “rustling” sound that may be audible through thin walls
- Flying Swarmers – Carpenter ant winged swarmers flying low over food-contaminated surfaces, dipping down to pick up bits to take back to the colony
Living in these harsh conditions is mainly contributed to the carpenter ant’s survival skills. Workers, winged and wingless swarmers, the queen, and soldiers make up the carpenter ant colony. The worker grows up to 0.5 (½) inches in length while the queen is slightly larger at 5/8 inches.
Why Is My New York City Home At Risk Of A Carpenter Ant Infestation
Worker carpenter ants utilize their strong mandibles to tunnel through rotting wood structures like trees, fence posts, deck railing, and mailbox posts. When they are building tunnels in decaying wood structures, they are building tunnels underground. Carpenter ant workers spend most of their fulfilling their duties, erecting nests and tunnels, and foraging for food. When food is scarce in their natural habitat, carpenter ants will sometimes move indoors.
If your home is under a carpenter ant threat, there are colonies living on your property right this moment. These very determined insects will search high and low for tiny openings that they can turn into exterior-to-interior access points into your home. Only one access point is needed to unknowingly invite an entire colony of worker carpenter ants indoors.
Do Carpenter Ants Transmit Disease?
No, there is no evidence that links carpenter ants to human or animal disease. But, do not forget that these ants have been known to contaminate water and food sources. Even though, your home has never been infested with carpenter ants before says a lot about your pest barrier. When there are no openings for carpenter ants to infiltrate your home, the risk of a full-blown infestation is extremely low. However, there is still a risk, which is why it is crucial to protect yourself and your family from potential foodborne illness.
We suggest transitioning from manufacturing food packaging, such as thin paperboard, to glass, stainless steel, and BPA-free plastic containers with lids.
How Should I Approach A Carpenter Ant Infestation Extermination?
We suggest reaching out to our New York City-based extermination team. While you have one of our pest control experts on the phone, you can inquire about our free carpenter ant inspection, consultation, and quotes.
If you decide to take the Diy pest control, we suggest initiating the process with a visual inspection. Carpenter ants are generally found in kitchens, dining rooms, and other areas where food is prepared and served.
We also suggest the most potent over-the-counter pesticide available at your local big-box, retail, or home & garden store. But, you should know in advance, DIY pesticides are generally only available in low-strength formulas.
When Will The Exterminator Arrive At My New York City Home To Perform The Carpenter Ant Inspection?
We need between 24 and 48 hours to process your carpenter ant inspection service request. We will reach out to you once your service request is processed to schedule an appointment that is suitable for your hectic schedule.
We highly suggest taking immediate action upon detection of carpenter ants in your home. Unnecessary delays will only complicate the pest control process in the end. Our customer support team is on standby to take your pest control service request right this minute.
Does Carpenter Ant Insecticides And Pesticides Contain Harmful Ingredients?
Some pesticide and insecticide formulas are comprised of chemicals necessary for moderate to severe carpenter ant infestations. There are some risks when utilizing chemical-based pest control products without following the manufacturer’s recommendations. Our exterminators are fully trained to treat carpenter ant infestations with chemical pesticides. In addition to pesticide safety training, our exterminators are not permitted to treat human- and/or animal-occupied homes.
How Can I Protect My New York City Property And Family From A Repeat Carpenter Ant Infestation?
By sealing access points utilized by carpenter ants and other insect species with a waterproof sealant – caulk or silicone. This will help keep the insects out of your home. Also, heed the food storage tips provided above. Doing so will protect your family from ingesting contaminated food.
Do not hesitate to reach out to our exterminators when you hit a barrier.