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Don’t Let Carpenter Ants Take Bite Out of Commercial Property Investment

If you notice large, black ants scurrying around your New York City of New Jersey commercial property, you could have a carpenter ant problem. While these ants can range over a territory the size of a football field, frequent or heavy carpenter ant activity around a structure and particularly inside a building typically indicates that a colony is located on the premises.

Ignoring a carpenter ant problem could lead to structural damage. Only termites cause more structural damage to commercial buildings than carpenter ants. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not feed on wood; but the damage they do can be just as devastating. These ants live inside wood, using their powerful mandibles to chew lengthy tunnels and large galleries into wood construction timbers, window and door sills, flooring, baseboards, trim work and landscape trees.

Attracted by wet, damaged wood around wet building foundations or damaged landscape trees, carpenter ants will expand the galleries that house their extensive nurseries and nests into undamaged wood. In time their tunneling can hollow out wooden beams and trim, leaving a thin shell of wood to cover the honeycombed interior. Without commercial ant control services, structural collapse can eventually occur.

To eliminate carpenter ant risk, the entire colony must be exterminated. If you notice carpenter ants on your commercial property, call the ant experts at Stern Environmental for fast, reliable commercial ant extermination services.

Quirky Weather Responsible for Summer Ant Problems

Ants are on the move in New York City and northern New Jersey. These pesky insects are invading apartment buildings, office buildings, restaurants and other commercial establishments at alarming numbers this summer. If your business has been the victim of marauding ants, you are not alone. Summer ant infestations are approaching record levels from the East Coast through the Midwest.

Commercial ant control experts say the quirky weather has created ideal living conditions for ant colonies. Last summer’s drought allowed ant colonies to flourish. The floods that usually wash away and drown enough ant eggs to keep colony populations under control never materialized. The warm winter exacerbated the problem, allowing ant colonies to remain more active that usual during the winter months and protecting larvae from exposure to killing temperatures. As a result, record numbers of eggs hatched this spring, swelling ant populations. The rainy spring only made life easier for New York and New Jersey ant species. Rain-softened soil has made burrowing easier, encouraging underground ant colonies to grow, expand their territory and spread.

Many NYC and NJ businesses and apartment buildings that have always been ant-free are being overrun by these annoying insects this summer. And it is more common than ever for ant exterminators to find multiple infestation sites on the same property. Stop ants dead; call Stern’s commercial ant extermination experts today.

Carpenter Ant Swarms Can Threaten Commercial Structures

Like termites, New York City and New Jersey carpenter ants swarm in the late spring to expand their colonies. When carpenter ant colonies reach maturity, specialized winged reproductives are produced. Flying off in mating pairs, carpenter ants bite off their wings when they land and crawl off to establish new colonies. Carpenter ants are such poor fliers, reproductives don’t go far, often landing on the same commercial property. Multiple carpenter ant colonies may be located in close proximity, multiplying the amount of damage these wood-destroying insects can do to commercial structures.

Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not ingest wood, they hollow out large galleries in foundation timbers, building trim and wooden structures to house their massive nests and nurseries. Frass, the sawdust-like by-product of their excavation activity, is sometimes found where carpenter ants are active. More often the ants themselves are spotted as they forage for food.

The largest ant species in New York and New Jersey, carpenter ants are typically black and grow to 5/8 inch long. Due to the prodigious numbers, a colony of carpenter ants can cause considerable structural damage to commercial buildings over time. In fact, carpenter ants can be expected to attack 1 in 4 New York and New Jersey buildings. If you notice large black ants in or around your property, you have carpenter ants. Call Stern Environmental for effective commercial pest management.

How to Tell the Difference between Termites and Carpenter Ants

This is swarming season for termites and carpenter ants in New York and New Jersey. If you see what look like puddles of white or gray-winged flying ants milling around in the garden or lawn of your business, you most likely have a problem on your property. Insects close to the building foundation or discarded wings on window sills or near doorways typically mean insects have actively invaded the structure.

Once the ground warms in the spring, both termites and carpenter ants produce winged reproductives. These specialized insects crawl from their underground nests to the surface where they pair up and fly off to mate and establish new colonies. Poor flyers, the females frequently land on the same or nearby properties. Biting off her wings, the female tunnels into the ground to establish a new nest. It takes about 5 years for a termite colony to reach maturity which means that considerable damage may already have occurred by the time winged reproductives are observed.

In their reproductive phase, both carpenter ants and termites look like winged ants. Both have 4 wings, 2 on each side; however, termite wings are all equal length and longer than their bodies while carpenter ants have longer forewings than hindwings.

If you see winged ants on your property call the termite specialists at Stern Environmental for a positive identification and prompt extermination.

Ants Starting to Invade NJ and NY Kitchens

For most people, spring in New York and New Jersey means ants in the kitchen. Beneficial in their natural outdoor environment, when ants invade homes, ants can become a serious problem for home and business owners. Ants live in huge colonies that can number in the millions. While most species dwell outdoors in underground nests, ants often enter homes while foraging for food and may build satellite nests indoors in places such as wall voids, under cabinets or in attic insulation. A long trail of ants leading into a trashcan or food left on a counter is a frequent indication of ant infestation.  

While most ants are classified as nuisance pests, carpenter ants damage buildings, pharaoh ants spread bacteria, and many species contaminate food supplies. By virtue of their tremendous numbers and persistent behavior, even nuisance ants can become an overwhelming problem. If ants invade your home or business, call a pest control professional. Home treatment and garden sprays will just cause ant colonies to split or relocate making extermination more difficult. Ant extermination requires expert identification and pest control treatment.