What Are Carpenter Ants?
Getting their name from how they build their nests, carpenter ants, are a type of wood-damaging insect. Carpenter ants create nests inside of all sorts of wood, though they prefer water damaged wood. Wood that has been water damaging or is decaying is easier for them to tunnel through and create their nesting galleries within. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not feed on the wood they are tunneling through.
Carpenter ants are easy to identify because of their large size. Adults range in length from ½ to ⅝ of an inch. Their segmented, oval-shaped body is usually black in color, but may also be red, brown, or a combination of those colors. Workers have large, powerful mandibles that they use to create their nesting sites. These jaws are also used, if needed, as a means of defense.
Are Carpenter Ants Dangerous?
While they don't bite or sting, carpenter ants are a danger to the structures of homes and other buildings. Carpenter ants have the potential to become a problem in any structure. However, they are a particular threat to properties surrounded by or located near wooded areas. After choosing to nest inside of a home or other building, carpenter ants will tunnel through structural wood, and create a satellite nest to expand their colony. Over time, carpenter ants are able to cause extensive structural damage that is both difficult and expensive to repair.
Why Do I Have A Carpenter Ant Problem?
Carpenter ants have the potential to become a problem in any home. Our houses offer ample food and shelter for setting up shop. Like other species of ants, carpenter ants, forage for food in a variety of places including gardens, pet food, and areas around trash cans and recycling bins. They have a varied diet and feed on carbohydrates, sugars, and proteins. Carpenter ants will build outdoor nests in fallen trees, tree stumps, and other pieces of wood.
While out foraging for food, carpenter ants can find their way inside of homes through cracks in the foundation or exterior walls. Once inside, they often decide to stay and build nests within structural wood. These ants prefer to choose structural wood damaged by water. Carpenter ants nest out of sight behind walls, under floors, and above ceilings.
How Do I Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants?
If you're looking for a way to eliminate carpenter ants from your property for good, your answer lies with Dandi Guaranty! With just one call, we'll send our pest technicians to inspect your home for signs of carpenter ant activity. Once we've determined the problem areas in your home and around your property, we'll treat those areas to effectively eliminate your current carpenter ant infestation. We then treat your property with ant deterrent to prevent future invasions. To learn more about how our Quarterly Pest Control Plan can help solve your carpenter ant problem, visit our residential pest control page!
Can I Eliminate Carpenter Ants Myself?
Once carpenter ants have chosen your yard or home to live or forage for food in, the best solution is to partner with Dandi Guaranty. To help prevent problems with carpenter ants it is best to eliminate sources of food and potential shelter from your property. Keep tight-fitting lids on trashcans, recycling bins, and compost bins. Pick-up uneaten pet food. Store food in your home in the refrigerator or in containers with air-tight lids. Remove tree stumps, fallen trees, and excess woodpiles from your property. It is also important to reduce moisture levels in and around your home. Maintain gutters, repair leaky pipes, ventilate crawl spaces, and use dehumidifiers.
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