Carpenter Ants: The Hidden Danger in Your Wooden Gate

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Wooden GateSome ants are superheroes — but some are just pests.

Have you seen the movie Ant-Man? Entomologically speaking, ants are obviously what Ant-Man has going him — and lots of them. Having been burned by the Spider Man movies that feature arachnids, you are probably pleased to see some carapaces getting some screen time.

We all love to see some ant action after all the hype about the movie, but let’s admit it — we only want to watch those insects on screen, fighting villains, than watch them skittering and swarming within the confines of our households. They are the tiny, everyday pests that form an endless line of intruders sneaking into your property, and they always seem to find a way to get under our skin.

Ants are among the most prevalent household pests. Carpenter ants, in particular, cause significant damage in properties by tunnelling and nesting inside wood structures. One of their biggest targets? Your wooden gate.

Wood vs. Metal Gates

While wooden gates trump metal ones because of their classic elegant beauty, they are the icing on the cake for pests like carpenter ants. Many prefer metal gates and fences, which are not only much cheaper, but are also readily available. Another good thing about metal gates and fences is that less maintenance is necessary.

The key here, however, is to choose a good metal material. While wrought iron gates are a great option for those who want to rid of their wooden gates, installing an aluminium gate is a better option.

Aluminium is much lighter and less expensive than iron. It can imitate the look of iron without the high price tag — and it can be just as ornate as an iron gate. The best thing about it is that it does not attract carpenter ants and other types of pests.

Unlike iron, which requires sanding away rust and applying rust inhibitors and rustproof primers, aluminium does not rust as well. In fact, they are practically maintenance-free and can even stand up to harsh elements without flaking, cracking, or chipping.

Carpenter ants are not superheroes — they are pests. Don’t let them destroy your property by replacing your wooden gate with something more practical: an aluminium gate.