April showers can potentially bring May Carpenter Ants to your household this spring. There are two types of carpenter ants commonly found in Canada, the black and red carpenter ant. They are known for their ability to cause damage to wooden structures. They build their nests by burrowing and digging tunnels into wood. Although they do not eat wood, they break it down creating saw-dust like shavings. You’ll typically find these pests indoors near moist or decaying wood. These ants also like hollow spaces, attics and hollow doors.
How do you know if you have a problem? Be on the listen! Active colonies will produce a dry rustling noise that can usually be heard at night. Using a wineglass or a stethoscope can be helpful to hear them against walls. In the springtime, you may also notice winged reproductive ants near doorways, trying to escape outdoors.
Now is the time to put preventative measures into place. Fix any leaks, especially roof leaks into your home. These can create moisture-prone areas that attract carpenter ants. Seal all cracks and trim back trees or bushes that may be touching your home’s roof or windows. In addition, get rid of any rotting wood on your property.
Contact us at Advantage Pest Control for any carpenter ant problems in Toronto or the GTA. Our professional exterminators will use physical control to eliminate and prevent future carpenter ant infestations.
– Paolo Bossio