March 05, 2019
Why Carpenter Ants Attack Homes in Kingwood in Spring
Spring brings a lot of good things along with it - warm weather, beautiful flowers, and budding trees, to name a few. Spring is also the time of year for new life for animals. Birds lay eggs and mammals give birth to new babies. Of course, spring does bring a bit of bad along with all the good. Insects also increase in number this time of year. One of those insects is the carpenter ant
. If you live in Kingwood, you’ll want to understand why carpenter ants may attack your home this spring.
When Carpenter Ants are Active
When carpenter ants live outdoors, they slow down in the cool winter months. If they’ve infested a home, however, they can remain active all year long since the temperature remains constant inside. In the spring carpenter ants experience their biggest time of growth because of the swarmer ants in each colony.
In a well-developed carpenter ant colony, swarmer ants are sent out in the spring to mate. Once they’ve mated, females begin a new colony nearby. That makes spring the season when the threat of your Kingwood home being attacked by carpenter ants is at its greatest.
Other Factors That Will Attract Carpenter Ants to Your Kingwood Home
Your home can become infested with carpenter
ants if they enter looking for food and decide it’s a good place to build a colony.
What makes your home attractive to carpenter ants? Carpenter ants don’t actually eat the wood they tunnel through, so if you have food in your home that carpenter ants like, they may find their way inside. Carpenter ants are attracted to sugary and protein-rich foods.
Since carpenter ants build their nests within the wood structures they tunnel through, they prefer wood that is soft or water-damaged.
How to Keep Carpenter Ants Away from Your Kingwood Home This Spring
Carpenter ants can be tricky pests to battle, but there are a few things you can do to try and keep them out of your home.
Try the following tips to see if they help:
- Keep food in the refrigerator or in air-tight containers.
- Clean up spills and messes immediately. Prevent excess moisture in and around your home, especially near wood structures.
If you suspect that carpenter ants may be on your property
, even if not yet in your home
, call the professionals at Modern Pest Control. Carpenter ants are difficult to get rid of once inside, and the best thing you can do is prevent them from ever getting in.
Whether carpenter ants have yet to invade or if you already have an established colony within your walls, Modern Pest Control can help. We offer year-round pest control protection that can eliminate any current problems you’re having and prevent future problems from occurring. Give Modern Pest Control a call to learn more about our services.