Carpenter Ants

June 9, 2015 1:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Seems like this is the time of year that many people experience ants in their home especially areas that have a water source like the kitchen or bathroom.  They are unnerving to discover especially if you find them near food or in large groups.  Now is the time to do something about this pest so that this will be the year they stop visiting.  Let’s look at how to identify and treat carpenter ants in your home.

Identify – Carpenter ants measure from 3.4 to 13 mm in length and can be colored black, red, brown, yellow, orange, or red and black. They are among the largest ant species in the world but size is not always the best indicator of identification.  Carpenter ants are many times confused with termites.  Note our image that depicts the differences between ants and termites. Ant Vs Termites.

Behavior – Carpenter ants reside both indoor and outdoors.  They build nests inside wood consisting of galleries chewed out with their mandibles, preferably in dead, damp wood. They do not consume the wood, however, unlike termites. They also commonly infest wooden buildings and structures, and are a widespread nuisance and major cause of structural damage. Carpenter ants have been known to construct extensive underground tunneling systems.

Signs of carpenter ant infestation

  • Frass – wood shavings, bits of soil, dead ants and parts of insects.  This material is often piled up outside of nest openings and found in spider webs and window sills.
  • Night activity – Worker carpenter ants are active mostly at night, so you may not see any activity during normal working hours. Obviously seeing a carpenter ant is a major sign that there may be a nest nearby.
  • Shed wings of swarmer carpenter ants laying around near window sills, baseboards and vents

Treatment – Ants are a vital part of the ecosystem as decomposers of dead wood.  They are however unsightly inside homes and can cause damage to the wooden structures.  Many homeowners mistakenly think they can stop the problem using traps and bait.  Unfortunately, these methods do not identify nests and treat the main problem.  Contact Pest-End to have them inspect and treat for carpenter ants both inside and outside your home.




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