There are several types of ants that invade Long Island businesses and homes; some are simply nuisance pests, others can cause major structural damage. Some ants have unique odors that let you know they are in your residence. Sometimes ants are seasonal pests, but in some cases they can cause year-round headaches for Long Island property owners. Ants generally nest outdoors; their nests can be found under ground, under mulch, in woodpiles, in hollow logs, and in other similar areas. Most ant species live in large social groups and work together to ensure the survival of the ant colony. Worker ants will leave the colony and forage for food. During this process, it is common for ants to make their way inside of a home. They will enter Nassau County dwellings through cracks in the foundation, underneath doors, and through gaps found around windows. Once inside, they will feed on and contaminate any food that they can find, and will continue to do so until the source runs out or they are exterminated. Ants that are attracted to sweets are referred to as Sugar Ants. Sweet eating ants include carpenter ants, acrobats ants, little black ants, cornfield ants, pavement ants, pharaoh ants and odorous house ants. It is also possible that they will create a satellite nest in your home in the spaces behind walls, behind baseboards, or underneath the floor. It is very common to think the Do It Yourself ant control products that can be purchased at hardware stores will be effective; unfortunately, this is not the case. They may work on the few that you see roaming around your kitchen, but they do nothing for the thousands of ants that may be living behind your home’s walls, or nesting in your yard. To truly get rid of an ant infestation in your home, a professional ant control exterminator should be contacted. For help with ants that have invaded your home and property, contact the Long Island ant control & ant extermination professionals at DQ Pest Control today!
Long Island Carpenter Ants
While relatively harmless to people, carpenter ants are an important economic pest when they invade Long Island homes and other man-made structures. Carpenter ants play an important ecological role by helping to break down dead and fallen trees. Carpenter ants will also attack water damaged wood inside Nassau County, long Isalnd homes and businesses. In the united States, carpenter ants do millions of dollars of damage every year.
Why do I have carpenter ants ?
Carpenter ants will inhabit damp or rotting wood in your home, or on your property. A leaking roof, plumbing problems such as leaking pipes or decaying wood on your Long isalnd property, may result in a carpenter ant infestation. Carpenter ants excavate wood, they do not consume it and will forage inside your Long Island home in search of food if they can find a way in. Carpenter ants may establish satellite ant colonies inside your home with the parent ant colony being outside.
How do I tell if I have a carpenter ant infestation?
One sign of a carpenter ant infestation is frass outside their entry holes. Because this type of ant doesn't eat wood (like termites), they push the frass (a fine sawdust) out of their tunnels. You're also likely to see carpenter ants foraging in the kitchen and in other areas of your home or outside.
How do I get rid of carpenter ants?
In order to get rid of carpenter ants, the parent colony must be exterminated. If only satellite colonies are eliminated it is almost certain that a carpenter ant re-infestation will occur. At DQ Pest Control, we offer carpenter ant control in Nassau County, Long Island that will take care of your carpenter ant problem, no matter how severe. We offer a pest management program that target these large black ants as well as other household pests. Contact DQ Pest Control today to find out how we can help you get rid of carpenter ants.
Carpenter ant prevention tips
To prevent carpenter ants from entering your Long Island home or business, you should:
Fix any leaking pipes or appliances as well as take care of any other plumbing issues inside the home.
Drain water away from the foundation. Inspect roof for leaks, especially around chimneys and skylights.
Be sure attics and crawlspaces are vented properly to prevent moisture buildup.
Seal any openings on the exterior of the dwelling including installing screen over vents and caulking around utility lines entering the structure.
Trim back tree branches and shrubbery that overhang or touch the house.
Clear property of branches, tree stumps and other rotted wood and material including landscape timbers and leaves.
Clear clogged gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris.
Store garbage away from the structure and in durable containers with lids.
Store food in tightly sealed containers rather than in original packaging and don’t leave open food containers on counters.
At the first sign of a carpenter ant problem, contact DQ Pest Control. Our family owned Long Island, New York pest control company services Nassau County, Suffolk County as well as Queens and we can help you get rid of carpenter ants with highly effective carpenter ant control. Our Long Island ant exterminators will resolve your pest control issue. We also provide pest control and wildlife control services that target other pests and rodents, as well as offer exclusion work that corrects conditions around properties that attract carpenter ants and other pests in the first place.