Hi, my friends have carpenter ants in their new home and have had it treated by Orkin. We just took a leather couch from their house and it is sitting in our garage. Are we ok to move that couch in to our house or might it have carpenter ants? What can we do to be sure we do not move them in to our house?
Carpenter ants are generally larger than most other ants. They’re also skittish and can sense people and other threatening situations. When threatened, they tend to protect their nest and will many times avoid leading predators to their door. If the couch you have in your garage had any ants on it or nesting in it, there is no doubt you would have seen ant activity either during the moving of it from the house to the transport vehicle or when taking it off the vehicle and bringing it inside your garage. You don’t say if you observed seeing any ants on the couch at any time but I’m guessing if you did, the couch would have quickly been taken off your property based on your line of questions above. If my guess is right, then if you haven’t seen any ants on the couch thus far, it’s safe to assume it’s ant free.
At this time I suggest you take a little time to review our CARPENTER ANT CONTROL ARTICLE which gets into great detail most everything you’d need to know about this ant which could prove helpful for future reference. Carpenter Ants can cover a lot of ground, chew through most any wood and will bite if antagonized. Undoubtedly a major pest problem throughout the world, carpenter ants are like termites in that most people fear them but and are also seemingly content not to learn about them. This is a mistake and something you should avoid. Learning about this pest can really help if you are ever faced with an actual infestation and need to take a pro active course of correction. If nothing else, our article will serve to better educate and prepare you for making a hiring decision if you decide to get a pest control company to handle some future problem.
This article can be found here:
Carpenter Ant Control: http://www.carpenterants.com/carpenter-ant-control