Carpenter ants affect buildings by attacking wood. As they prefer damp, rotten wood, their presence may indicate a problem with moisture or decaying wood structures. S i it is not r é Glee, the infestation can last long because the a queen of the colony has a life expectancy of 17 years!
Identifying an infestation before purchasing a property will save you many headaches. Their presence does not necessarily mean that you should not buy the building, but it is absolutely fundamental information to make a good decision. The seller may undertake to take care of the extermination and repairs or the sale price will reflect the work to be undertaken.
Note also that a carpenter ant is the only insect that can retroactively be declared as hidden defects. It is therefore essential to call on a certified building inspector before the sale of your building .
How to recognize a carpenter ant infestation?
- Several worker ants can be seen inside (especially in winter) looking for food ;
- D ‘re winged ants appear in the spring, in or around the building ;
- U only wood dust may appear near the ground or small cracks ;
- Some structures (door or window frames) show signs of damage ;
- A dry rustling may emanate from the walls, which is easier to hear at night.
What do carpenter ants look like?
I think my building is infected, what should I do?
What are the causes of carpenter ant infestation?
- Cracks in the exterior siding or in the foundation
- Insufficient sealing around doors and windows
- Sloping land towards the house which encourages moisture build-up
- The gutter system that pours water too close to the house
- Presence of rotten wood on the ground (such as an old fence or damp firewood )
- Insufficient thermal insulation which causes condensation inside the walls
- Insalubrity inside the building
- Food stored in a leaky manner
How to prevent an infestation?
- Eliminate the piles of rotten wood debris around your home
- Store firewood away from buildings
- Replace infested lumber with materials in good condition
- Cut the branches of trees and shrubs that touch the building
- Check the condition of the ventilation system to ensure its proper functioning
- Identify damp or poorly ventilated areas likely to attract insects
- Identify and repair cracks in the siding where the carpenter ants are might leak
- Make sure doors and windows are properly caulked
- Examine the gutter system and identify weaknesses
- Use airtight containers to store food
- Keep the house clean by sweeping regularly
- Have the building inspected by a certified building inspector licensed by the Régie du Bâtiment du Québec