Once ants enter your home, they can be disastrous. Because of their size, ants are great at hiding, so it may take you some time to notice the damage they’re doing to your home. Certain ants can even cause damage to your overall health too.
Let’s learn about the dangers caused by having ants in your home:
Damage to Your House
Ants can cause destructive damage to your home that’s similar to the damage that termites cause. Once they’ve entered your home, carpenter ants will create nests in hollow areas and wood that is moist and beginning to decay. They cause damage to the wood by tunneling through it. Because the majority of damage that carpenter ants cause is hidden in wooden structures, it can be difficult to determine whether you have an ant infestation.
If you notice wood shavings throughout your home, hear rustling in the walls, or you actually see an ant inside your home, consult with a professional pest control team to prevent further damage.
Carpenter Ants Can Cause Health Risks to Residents
Another reason carpenter ants make poor housemates is because of the potential health risks they can cause. When they feel threatened, carpenter ants will pinch and bite your skin. Just like any insect bite, carpenter any bites can cause pain and discomfort. However, they’re not usually dangerous as long as you treat them properly. If you don’t care for your bite, it can eventually become irritated or infected.
Carpenter Ants can Attract Other Pests
Ants are a popular food source for other, larger pests. This means, if you have an ant infestation in your home, it will attract other pests to explore your home. Bats and spiders are two of the most common pests that will eagerly seek out your ant infestation.
Contact an Exterminator if You Find Ants in Your Home
If you notice signs of carpenter ants in your home, contact Amherst Exterminators to remove the pests in your home. Our ant extermination services and outside maintenance treatments help control and destroy the nest if it has taken up residence in your home.