Carpenter ants can be just as destructive as termites, and in certain West Portland Park homes, that destruction is already underway. West Portland Park’s proximity to both rural and urban parts of Clackamas makes it particularly vulnerable to pest invasions, but prevention is always just a phone call away.
People often see carpenter ants and think they are “just an ant,” but any ant larger 1/4 inch is probably a carpenter ant. They vary greatly in size depending on the amount of nutrition within the nest. This means that the smaller ants are actually older than the larger ants, which have benefited from the increase amount of food in the nest and grown more. If you are seeing carpenter ants with wings, this is an indication that the nest has been established for several years and is now reproducing with these winged ants (called “swarmers”).
Carpenter ants do not actually eat the wood in your home. They actually excavate galleries in the wood for nesting and laying eggs. If you are seeing a substance that looks like sawdust, this could be a sign of carpenter ants. Food for the carpenter ant nest is usually found outside as they feed on other insects and parts of plants. For this reason, an effective way to exterminate carpenter ants is to do a solid perimeter treatment, knowing that the ants must cross it in order to bring food back to the nest.
At Wildwoods Pest Control, we employ an approach to pest control called “Integrated Pest Management,” we believe that each home should be treated differently because each home is unique. Clackamas’s many varied neighborhoods each have specific needs and vulnerabilities. Wildwoods has served Portland area communities for several years and can create timely and effective solutions to all your wildlife and pest control issues.
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