Ants shouldn’t be taken lightly. If left unchecked they will breed and multiply spreading
throughout your entire home.
Where do they live?
Ants love damp climates and moist areas in your home. You are likely to find ants nesting around a sink in the kitchen or bathroom.
How do you know you have them?
You may notice lines of ants marching in an area of your home, or a scattered few. They search for syrup, honey, jelly, meat, fruit, grease fat, and other domestic foods if these are not available in your home, the ants will feed on dead or living insects or any other type of organic matter.
How do we fix your ant problem?
If you suspect carpenter ants invaded your home its best to seek immediate treatment. AFederal will make a thorough inspection of your home inside and out. Depending on your home’s construction and the location of the main nest and satellite colonies we will use a variety of methods to treat the problem.
Be aware that re infestation by carpenter ants is a constant threat only regular inspections and preventive service can keep them out call us today to begin ridding your home of these pests.
Ants vary greatly in size, from less than 1/16th of an inch to over an inch in the various species. They are almost all black, brown, or reddish in color. They are different from most other insects in that they have a distinctly “elbowed” antenna. Ants have a highly developed, very complex social structure. There is a worker class, usually made up of sterile females, and a reproductive class consisting of both males and females with wings. A few also have a soldier class. They live in colonies, usually found underground or in dead wood, but may adapt to other habitats. Seasonally the winged male and females emerge from the colony to reproduce-the males then die, and the females go on to form a new colony.
Workers obviously have the task of doing the work of the colony-gathering food, tending to the eggs, larvae, and pupa, and defending the nest. Most ants are considered scavengers or predators, however there are types that are harvesters, gathering seeds from plants or tending aphids to obtain their sweet, sticky secretions. Many ants are capable of biting and stinging people. Ants have the ability to communicate, and can even learn simple tasks. They communicate both by touch (tapping the antennas), and by leaving a chemical odor trail. The odor trail usually marks a path between the nest and a food or water source. Argentine Ants have spread rapidly because they are friendly to other colonies, unlike other ants. All ants in the United States are fortunate because they have no natural enemies-so they can spread wherever they wish
Description: The carpenter ant are the most thoroughly studied species in the Untied States. Carpenter ants are among the largest atns found in the United States ranging 1/8 to 1/2 inch long, the queens are slightly bigger. The workers of an established colony vary in size. They are commonly black; however, some species are red and black, solid red, or brown in color. They have one node in the petiole and a circle of tiny hairs on the tip of the abdomen. Their thorax is evenly rounded when seen from the side.
Biology: The adult winged female or queen loses her wings soon after mating with the smaller male and selects a secluded nesting site where she raises the first brood of workers. These workers are very small but assume the care of the larvae and the queen after they mature. All workers are wingless and colonies range in size from several thousand workers up to 15,000.
When raised at 90°F, black carpenter ants complete their life cycle (egg to adult) in about 60 days. Swarmers do not appear in the colony for about 3-4 years. Swarming usually occurs when weather begins to get warm, usually around March/April through September, though it can sometimes begin earlier and/or end later.
Habits: Carpenter ants are social insects that usually nest in wood. They commonly excavate galleries or tonnels in rotting or sound trees and instructures such as homes/sheds they readily infest wood, foam insulation and cavities. They rpefer to excavate wood damaged by fungus and are often found in conjunction with moisture problems.
The workers excavate the nest, forage for food and care fo rthe young. They feed on sugar solutions from honey dew-producing insects such as aphids, sweets and the juices of insects they capture. They DO NOT eat teh wood as they excavate their nests. They actively feed at night well after sunset continuing through the early morning hours. Trails may extend up to 300 feet and upon closer inspection may be seen on the ground as worm paths.
Carpenter ants enter the structure through gaps or cracks while looking for food. However, the appearance of large numbers of winged adults inside a structure indicated that the nest(s) exists indoors. When trying to locate a colonoy of an infested structure the technician will look for wood shavings, pieces of foam insulation or other nesting materials that have been pushed out of the nest. They will also look for structural moisture problems that may attract them as well as listen for any rustling sounds in the wall voids that may indicate that there is a colony in the area.
Being that these are considered Wood Destroying Insects, many mortgage companies require inspection/treatment before approving requested mortgages and/or sales. Call Afederal today for an estimate!
Carpenter Ants take their name from their habit of chewing passageways (called “galleries”) inside wood. They live in these galleries and make excursions to hunt for food and water. These ants often set up satellite colonies inside homes from parent colonies located outside in a tree or landscape timber.
Carpenter ants love damp climates and moist areas in your home you are likely to find carpenter ants nesting around a sink in the kitchen or bathroom. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood. They search for syrup, honey, jelly, meat, fruit, grease fat, and other domestic foods if these are not available in your home, the ants will feed on dead or living insects or any other type of organic matter.
If you suspect carpenter ants invaded your home its best to seek immediate treatment. Afederal will make a thorough inspection of your home inside and out. Depending on your home’s construction and the location of the main nest and satellite colonies we will use a variety of methods to treat the problem.
Be aware that re infestation by carpenter ants is a constant threat only regular inspections and preventive service can keep them out.