a carpenter ant infestation.
Missy Henriksen: Hi! I am Missy Henriksen with the National Pest Management Association. And today I want to tell you a little bit about carpenter ants and how you can avoid and infestation.
Carpenter ants are found all over the United States, especially in the northern states. They're typically black, red or somewhere in between and can be over half an inch in length. These ants get there names because they excavate wood from houses, trees, fire wood and other sources to build their nest.
If you have ever seen a piece of wood with smooth tunnels running through it chances carpenter ants are responsible. Carpenter ants typically attack wood that is wet or previously damage by moisture, though they have been known to infest undamaged wood as well.
Damp or damage wood in your home can an enter point for crapping there ants. So it's important to keep an eye of access moisture in and around your house. Once inside your home carpenter ants can cause serious structural damage due there tunneling.
To keep carpenter ants out seal up any cracks that on windows and doors with silicone cock eliminate moisture inside your home in around the foundations. If you have recently cut down a tree make sure to remove stump completely, so carpenter ants don't move in.
Fire wood should be stacked at least 20 feet from the house at least 5 inches of the ground and make sure to cut back any tree branches and plants that touch the house.
Inside keep the kitchen tidy, carpenter ants loves sweet and sugary foods, so keep these in sealed containers and clean spills or crumbs. If you are suspecting infestation of carpenter ants in your home, don't try to treat it yourself, call a licensed pest management professional, their expertise can help your pest problem under control.