Saugas Carpenter Ant Control
Massachusetts has its fair share of pests and vermin, but none have the potential for destruction if left to their own devices like a colony of carpenter ants. Among the largest of all ant species, these vicious insects can grow to be nearly 3/8 of an inch long. In groups, they will carve away at damp and rotten wood to form galleries, the places they live, for themselves and their colony. These galleries and the tunnels leading to and from them undermine the structure of your home and eventually lead to larger problems down the road.
As a homeowner, your biggest challenge will be knowing if you have a carpenter ant infestation or not. This is difficult due to a number of factors. First, most nests and galleries are located in places where homeowners usually visit, like the dark corners of the basement. Secondly, carpenter ants come in a wide array of colors – making it hard to determine if the ants you see are all from the same colony. Lastly, there is often little more than small piles of ‘sawdust’ to evidence the fact that these pests are tunneling through the foundation of your home.
To make the problem of treating carpenter ant infestations even more difficult, more than one nest is in operation at all times. One nest is for the original or parent colony and the second nest is for the satellite colony. The parent colony holds the queen and her children and workers. The satellite nest contains the many workers that do the bulk of damage to your home.
Dealing with and eliminating carpenter ants from your home requires patience, research and chemicals. You must take the time to understand where the nests are in order to treat them with chemicals. Both nests must be eliminated in order to destroy the entire colony. If only one nest is destroyed the colony will not die out and will grow again, continuing to attach your home.
Because carpenter ants are so tenacious, the best way to deal with them is to hire a trained professional. An expert exterminator will understand the habits and ecology of the insect and know the most efficient and least harmful way to remove them from your home.
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