by Erika Mehlhaff
Carpenter Ants Texas. Carpenter ants can be found in nearly any environment across the United States and are a common pest for homeowners in Texas. Although they don’t eat wood, they excavate the wood and form smooth tunnels in it. These tunnels, which mainly serve the ants as hollow nesting areas, cause structural damage to homes that can be difficult and expensive to repair.
Carpenter ants vary in size–they usually range from ½” to ⅝” inch in length–but they all pose the same threat to wood structures. While black carpenter ants are especially common, these pests can be other colors as well, including brown, red, or a combination of black and red. Of course, carpenter ants are nocturnal, so homeowners might not see them easily or often. (Note: they sometimes become more active and emerge when temperatures rise.)
Usually, the main external sign of a carpenter ant infestation in your home (other than actual visual identification) is the appearance of the small tunnel openings on the surface of wood that look somewhat like nail holes. There will also be sawdust-like debris that looks like wood shavings accumulated beneath those holes. The holes and debris are often the indication of an active carpenter ant infestation in your home, and your cue to take action against the pests.
If carpenter ants move into your home, they will begin the infestation by accessing any areas of wood that are softened from moisture damage. Once they have started digging their tunnels in the weak spots, they will make their way through to other areas. Eventually, carpenter ants will weaken the wood enough to cause major structural damage to your home if no steps are taken to eradicate these pests. They are not easy to detect, so it is important to deal with them as soon as you suspect a problem, so they do not cause significant damage.
Carpenter Ants Texas. Once you see any signs of a possible carpenter ant infestation, you will need to act fast to stop the pests. It is close to impossible to determine the full extent of an infestation or the amount of damage that has been caused to your home’s structure behind walls, in ceilings, and under floors. Your best course of action is to hire a professional pest management company to control your carpenter ant problem. A reputable pest management company will know how to access hidden carpenter ant nests in and around your home.
If you need dependable pest control services in Austin, Texas or the surrounding area, reach out to the professionals at Absolute Pest Management! The Absolute Pest Management experts have the knowledge and skill to deal with any pests that are plaguing you, including carpenter ants; they will be able to handle your infestation effectively using the best equipment and pest treatment products available. If you need help getting rid of pests, contact Absolute Pest Management online or by phone at 512-444-0262 to discuss your situation and find out how the caring and competent insect mitigation specialists can help.