Finding a few ants in the kitchen is common, but finding lines of these critters coming out of wall cracks can be unsettling. Although it’s unpleasant, it’s common for most pests and insects to find their way inside the walls if there’s an opening – and one of these common household pests are little black ants.
So do the little black ants inside the house walls eat wood? Like carpenter ants, you might also find little black ants inside of walls that produce frass and sawdust. However, they don’t actually eat the wood there – they excavate through it to make a nest for themselves.
Ant infestations are a nuisance that causes concern and frustration for many homeowners. They’re also one of the most common infestations treated by pest control companies throughout the country and most of them even claim that ant infestations are on the rise.
According to a study by the National Pest Management Association, about 73% of ant infestations are found inside walls of the treated properties all over the United States. These ants cause serious structural damage to the wood inside the walls, so they should be eliminated immediately using the right pest control methods.
Little black ants eat just about anything they find, but they don't actually eat wood inside the house walls. They only produce sawdust and frass when they chew and excrete the wood as they excavate through it to make tunnels and galleries.
Little black ants build their nests in welcoming environments, including the inside of house walls. They create a home there if the area is moist, warm, and near a food source. This is a huge problem because having holes in the walls means other pests can get inside the house too. The damage they left in the wood or walls may also serve as pathways for other insects like termites and carpenter ants.
Finding the entry point for these little black ants is part of good pest control measures. Pest control companies can help you find the critical spots and examine the extent of damage caused by little black ants.
Although little black ant infestations are quite common, some homes are more attractive to these pests than others. Here are a few reasons possible reasons why little black ants choose to camp inside your walls at home:
Another species of ants that frequently attack wood are carpenter ants. Since some carpenter ants are also black, these two pests are often confused with each other. Telling them apart from each other is crucial in finding the best ant control measure to get rid of the infestation so here are some easy ways to know whether the infestation in the house is caused by little black ants or carpenter ants:
Before calling a pest control professional to take care of the black ant problem at home, it’s important to identify and confirm their presence first. Watch out for these signs to see if there’s a little black ant nest in the interior or exterior walls:
Homemade remedies like water and vinegar solutions are effective repellents for most types of ants because they mess with the ant pheromone trail and communication channels. This causes ants to get confused and lose their way back to the nest location. But for large-scale ant problems, it’s better to hire a pest control company for expert extermination services.
Ant infestations inside house walls can be difficult to deal with so it’s better to leave the job at the hands of a pest management professional like PermaKill Exterminating. Our team of pest experts carefully examines the extent of damage and infestation before recommending the best treatment plan for your property.