Carpenters are generally helpful. They know how to build and fix things to make your property more appealing and comfortable. But carpenter ants? They don't build anything. If they have anything to do with carpentry at all, they are definitely more on the "demolition" side.
When you have a carpenter build you a desk for your office, you hire a skilled craftsman. Carpenter ants are skilled as well-only they use their skills to tunnel through the wood of your home, making large galleries for their colonies to live.
However, one myth of carpenter ants is that they actually eat the wood that they demolish. However, this is not true. Carpenter ants don't eat wood; they eat food. They're not picky. All of their wood-chewing activity requires energy. This brings them into your common areas searching for toast around the toaster, bread crumbs in the rug, leftover lunch on a plate and other sources of food, like pet food in a dish, jelly splotches on the counter and a half-eaten piece of fruit. They have no problem eating after you. They'll even eat your leftovers in the trash. If you leave food out for them, they'll have more energy to chew the wood of your house.
Here are some things you can do to avoid seeing carpenter ants in your home.
Keep all food stored in air-tight, sealed containers.
Clean all counters and food surfaces with soapy water to get rid of any smells of foods.
Caulk and seal any small areas around windows or doors where ants could come in.
Put pet food down only during mealtime.
Keep trash cans sealed and secure, inside and outside of the home.
If you've seen these big black or reddish ants in your house, get a pest control company involved. This is not a problem you can ignore. It can end in costly home repairs. A pest technician can help to eradicate the carpenter ants in your home and seal your exterior walls from future ant invasion. Don't let the name fool you, carpenter ants are not carpenters. They don't improve your home. Ever. If you are already seeing carpenter ants in your home, call Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions today for a free inspection and estimate.