Ant Removal in Missouri & Kansas
Have an infestation and need to get rid of ants quickly? We can help!
Carpenter ants are found all over the world, but they are unfortunately recognized as the number one wood-destroying pest in the Midwest. They cause more damage to structures than even termites. There are several species of these ants that may be infesting and damaging Kansas City buildings and homes, leading thousands on a search for ways to get rid of ants. The most common type in the Midwest is the black carpenter ant. They achieve a size between ¼” to ½” (0.6-1.3 cm) and are most active during the night hours.
These large ants prefer dead and damp, decaying wood, where they make their nests. They cut tunnels, called galleries, into the wood to provide passage to and from the nest. They do not eat the wood but instead cut through it to expand the size of the nest, usually in a direction parallel to the grain. Their diet consists of various sources of proteins, sugars and honeydew, which is a liquid that is produced by aphids and other scale insects.
In the spring, carpenter ants colonies produce “swarmers.” Often mistaken for termites, swarmers are reproductive winged ants that take flight in order to establish a new colony. The appearance of swarms of black ants with wings is a good indication that you need to find an experienced carpenter ant control or termite extermination service immediately to help you get rid of ants before they damage your home.
Signs that it’s time to get rid of ants
The sight of of flying ants or large black worker ants roaming about the home is a bad sign . Sometimes ants are foraging and will have bits of material that they are carrying in their mandibles. They will often travel over one hundred yards from their nest in search of food.
Another indication that you need to contact professionals to get rid of ants is the appearance of material called “frass,” which looks like sawdust and may contain insect parts and bits of soil. This is usually found underneath nest openings and is the result of the tunnels that are bored into the wood by the ants. When you notice this material, which could indicate a nest site, tap against the area with the end of a screwdriver or plastic mallet. It may sound hollow and also listen carefully for clicking sounds, which are the response made by alarmed ants.
Get Rid of Ants at Your Kansas City Home or Business
80% of the carpenter ants in a colony never leave the nest, so the total elimination of the problem depends on finding the ant colony. Our technicians are trained to find the nests, which generally occur in wall and ceiling voids where moisture problems exist, and get rid of ants effectively.
To speak with your team and learn how we can get rid of ants at your home or business, call us at (816) 527-8776.