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.