Have you noticed black ants foraging on your property or even inside your Mars, PA home? Although there are several types of ants in Pennsylvania, carpenter ants are the species that cause the most worry. That’s because these pests are not just a nuisance like pavement ants or odorous house ants. In fact, if left unaddressed, carpenter ants can inflict significant damage to a home’s structure overtime. Let’s take a closer look at carpenter ants.
The carpenter ants most likely to be seen by homeowners in Mars are the workers. They are large ants that may reach 1/2 an inch in length. Their color ranges from red to dark brown or black or varying combinations and they have elbowed antennae.
As mentioned before, there are species of ants in Pennsylvania that are considered annoying or nuisance and pose no real threat to property. Unfortunately, carpenter ants are not one of those. In their natural habitat, carpenter ants excavate in rotting or dead wood such as stumps or hollow trees in order to establish nests. Inside or near homes, they will create satellite nests in old, rotting wood, including moisture ridden boards, window frames and wood that is in contact with soil.
The best way to protect your Pennsylvania home from carpenter ants is to prevent these ants from entering in the first place. With that in mind, we offer a few tips that will help keep carpenter ants and other insects in Mars out:
Keep trees, shrubs and other landscape elements trimmed away from the home.
Repair leaking faucets and other water leaks immediately.
Store firewood off the ground and well away from the home or any outbuildings.
Avoid using mulch, wood chips and other landscape materials right next to the home and instead consider installing crushed rock around the perimeter of the structure.
Clear property of rotting or decaying wood, including rotting logs, stumps etc.
Make sure gutters are clear and downspouts are pointed away from the structure.
If carpenter ants are already infesting your home, no amount of pest prevention will resolve the problem. To avoid costly structural damage that often accompanies carpenter ant infestations, Rose Pest Solutions offers comprehensive pest control services in Mars, Pennsylvania. Designed to exterminate carpenter ants, this home pest control program also targets other common household pests in Pennsylvania, including but not limited to:
In business since 1860, Rose takes pride in protecting residential and commercial properties in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio as well as throughout our large service area and we offer a variety of services, including:
K-9 Bed Bug Inspections
Bed Bug Heat Treatments
Commercial Pest Control
Pigeon & Pest Bird Control
To find out how we can help you protect health and property from encroaching insects, rodents and wildlife, please contact the Mars pest control professionals at Rose Pest Solutions.