Upstate New York, specifically Albany's Capital Region is lucky to have a number of different kinds of ants that are major troublemakers when they get into your house. Those you will find out this time of year are pavement ants and pharaoh ants. With all of our wet weather this Spring and even into the early Summer, it is forcing ants to find new homes. Namely, YOURS!!!
So, you might ask, which ant is the nastiest? We would say, without reservation, the carpenter ant wins the award for being the most destructive. Why? Well, once their nest location is chosen, they get right to work and chew up all the wood around the nest, which is part of your wall or flooring foundation. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wood. Instead, they just chew it up to make the necessary room for their growing presence in your home. What happens to your house? All of the internal framing loses its integrity and cause cause roof or floor sagging, which equals MAJOR repairs that could cost you thousands!
So, as the nests get larger, the 'swarmers' are flying carpenter ants that will go out and seek a location to build a new nest. What are they looking for as an ideal location? Damp wood or anything deteriorating, as it will be easier for them to build a nest. Softer wood is easier to chew up for sure!
Sure, old trees might be the perfect spot, but, all too often, they go after damp spots around the house where there is ample shade and protection from the elements. Often, they might nestle close to your kitchen as they will need a food and water source. Crumbs are your worst enemy, it will attract ants by the hundreds if you are not careful.
What you might not realize is that if you are seeing carpenter ants in your bathroom of kitchen, there is a really good chance that there is a colony in the house already claiming ownership rights. The problem is likely worse than you think.
So, if you are seeing carpenter ants in your home, it is best to call a pest control company in the Albany area that can identify the nest and remediate in a safe and efficient manner to get your home back in shape. Call All Star Pest Solutions today!!!