Are you living in denial? It is easy to do–especially with carpenter ants. But if you live in Wisconsin, you can’t afford to ignore the warning signs of a carpenter ant infestation. Carpenter ants chew their way through support beams and load-bearing studs as they grow nest after nest in the walls of your home. If left unchecked, you could end up with damage that can never be repaired.
Here’s the problem.
We assume that no carpenter ants seen around the house means no more carpenter ants. But this assumption is wrong. You can have a hundred thousand ants crawling in your wall and not know it. What? How can that be? Don’t all of those ants have to eat? Yes. But they don’t have to eat the food inside your home. Ants can get food from outside your home.
Another thing that can throw you off is winter. Ants slowdown in winter and go into a state of low energy existence. If it gets cold enough they may even stop moving altogether. That means their foraging doesn’t switch to inside the home during the winter. It simply ceases, till spring comes.
Often a homeowner will get flying ants crawling around on their inside windows and still not realize the danger. Flying ants aren’t a species of ant. They are male and female reproductive ants with one purpose: Create another nest. If you kill a few and vacuum them up, you’re not likely to see any more for the rest of the year. But that doesn’t mean your ant problem went away. There is actually a good chance that it has increased by one new nest.
When you see the signs of carpenter ants, like scouts around the house or flying ants on your inside windows, call a professional and have your home inspected. A technician will be able to tell you if you have any nests inside your walls and give you treatment options that will fully destroy those colonies, so they can’t do more damage.
Before you go out and spend a bunch of money on do-it-yourself pesticide solutions you should know that killing ants is not only ineffective, it can make your problem worse by sending a signal of danger back to the colony and causing it to split.
We’re here for you.
Trust Wil-Kil to take care of your carpenter ant problem thoroughly and effectively. We’ve been a leader in pest control throughout the Midwest since 1924. Your home is safe when Wil-Kil is on the job. Contact us today.