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carpenter-ants-infestationCarpenter Ants are a more serious problem than many people realize. A carpenter ant infestation can lead to structural damage to your home.



This is because that carpenter ants live in the wood of your home. As they make their nests, they burrow through the wood. They don’t actually eat the wood, but the effect is the same–they can undermine the structural integrity of your home.



What Do They Eat?



But although carpenter ants aren’t wood-eaters like termites, they of course do have to eat. So you can take steps to prevent a carpenter ants infestation by watching what food you leave out.



Carpenter ants live on sources of protein and sugar. Outdoors, that’s usually living and dead insects. But indoors–inside your home–they feed on meats for protein and syrup, honey, sugar, jelly, and other sweets for sugar. If you’ve ever spilled something sweet and not realized it, and then come back to find a trail of carpenter ants crawling all over the sticky spill, then you’ve witnessed carpenter ants attraction to sugar.



Carpenter ants typically go in search of food between sunset and midnight during the spring and summer. They can travel up to 100 yards from their nest in search of meal, so if you leave out meat scraps or sweets, you’re inviting the carpenter ants into your kitchen.



What to Do About Them?



The obvious first step in preventing carpenter ants is to keep your home free of the things they like to eat. Also, inspect your dwelling for any entry points, so that you can keep them from nesting in your home.



If you already have carpenter ants, you can try to treat them yourself, but their nests can be difficult to locate. If you know carpenter ants are nesting in your home and you want to be absolutely sure that you eliminate that threat to your home’s wood, your best bet is to call a professional pest control company. A pest control specialist knows how to locate carpenter ants and how to get rid of them.



The important thing is that you take carpenter ants seriously.



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