What To Do About Carpenter Ants On Your Tulsa Property

September 3, 2021

If you have seen a carpenter ant on your Tulsa property, you probably would describe it as a ‘large black ant’, and you wouldn’t be wrong. They are definitely big. It’s all the other things that they do that most people don’t usually know about.

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Carpenter Ant Description

In case you are not quite sure what is crawling around your home, here is a list of descriptors for carpenter ants:

  • They have a waist with one node and a thorax, that is evenly rounded when viewed from the side.

  • They are black or red and sometimes a combination of the two

  • They typically range in size from 3/8 to 1/2 inches long

  • Queens and males are larger than workers and have wings. Though queens lose theirs when they start a new nest.

  • Queens may be as large as one inch long.

Another interesting difference between regular ants and carpenter ants is that the head of a carpenter ant is shaped like a heart. If you are having problems with these ants, Dandi Guaranty is ready to help.

What Are Carpenter Ants Attracted To?

Carpenter ants are carnivores, eating meat or other dead insects when available, but their favorite food is sugary treats. When outside they will consume the sweet liquid produced by aphids and scale insects, called honeydew. Indoors, carpenter ants feed on syrup, honey, sugar, jelly, and other sweets. They also will raid the dog food bowl for a good source of protein. Anything that headed for the secret stash of chocolate should be considered the worst sort of carpenter ant attraction.

What Kind Of Damage Can They Do?

Carpenter ants do not eat wood, but they do remove it as they create galleries and tunnels for nesting, this is how the damage happens. The ants will tunnel between the ‘parent’ nest and the ‘satellite’ nest. The longer a colony is present in a home, the more severe the damage becomes. Wall studs and other support beams can be weakened when carpenter ant damage is severe. Generally, this occurs slowly, often taking years.

Carpenter Ant Nests

There are two types of carpenter ant nests, parent nests and satellite nests. Either type can be found indoors or outside. Outdoor parent nests are usually found in decaying wood in trees, tree roots, stumps, logs, or boards on the ground or buried underneath. Indoor parent nests are likely to be found in places where the wood is moist or decaying such as behind bathroom tiles, around tubs, sinks, shower, and dishwashers. They are also sometimes located under roofing, in attic beams, under subfloor insulation, or between walls.

Carpenter ants will sometimes establish satellite nests in nearby indoor or outdoor sites. The workers assigned to the satellite nest, frequently travel between their nest and the parent colony. Satellite nests are typically composed of workers, pupae, and mature larvae. Often times the satellite nests are found in dry locations.

Ants in general are hard to exterminate on your own. When you see them boldly marching across your kitchen, you have no idea where they live. If you are clever enough to find their home and attempt to eliminate the nest, the drones inside the nest will evacuate the babies out the back door and start a new colony elsewhere. They are tricky little creatures.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants

An interesting difference between regular ants and carpenter ants is that the head of a Carpenter ant company. You really don’t want to mess around with a pest that is compromising the structural integrity of your home. Dandi Guaranty knows a thing or two about the damage carpenter ants cause andc how to prevent it. Give them a call today for a free carpenter ant eradication estimate.

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