May

08

2012

 
carpenter ant infestations in businesses

Carpenter ants are not a nuisance ant; they are capable of causing significant structural damage to your Seattle business.

Ants are not generally put in a dangerous pest category. When you think of the safety of your facility, ants may be one the pests you are least concerned about compared to cockroaches, bed bugs, and rodents. But the truth is that not all ants merely a nuisance pest. Carpenter ants are capable of leaving expensive structural damages similar to those of termites. The experts in commercial pest control at Sprague Pest Solutions would like to share some information on carpenter ant infestations for business owners in Portland, Seattle, and Salt Lake City as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions.

Carpenter ants are generally black, red, brown or a combination. The worker ants range from about â…› of an inch to ½ of an inch in size. Although their natural habitat is to form colonies outside in trees, if any structures in the facility have been previously damaged by water, carpenter ants will have no problem creating their colonies inside. They do not eat wood like termites, but carpenter ants do carve galleries in wood in order to form their colonies which will still leave extensive damages.

Like all ants and many other pests, carpenter ants will gain access to your facility through:

  • small cracks or holes in the exterior

  • window and door frames

  • plumbing lines

  • utility lines

In order to avoid the damages and nuisance of these pests, here are a few tips on how to identify carpenter ants in your facility:

  • Finding large, black ants around the workplace foraging for food and water

  • Kitchens and bathrooms are a good place to spot any ant activity

  • Sawdust is left as they carve through wood and is a good indicator of an infestation

  • Structural weakness or damages to wood inside the facility

  • Ant infestations outside of the facility leaves a good chance they will make their way inside

In order to protect your commercial environment against the threat of carpenter ants  and other insects, implementing an insect protection program is essential. For facilities in Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City and throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions, Sprague Pest Solutions offers superior commercial insect protection. Please contact us today for more information on pest control services that will save your business and reputation from the negative impact of carpenter ants and other pest infestations.