Carpenter ants are black or red and black ants between 1/8” to 1/2” inch and queens up to 1” long. They are polymorphic which means they vary in size. You will commonly find these ants in areas where there is moist or damp wood such as window and door frames, sill plates, roofs, kitchens, bathrooms, and foam insulation. These ants can cause structural damage over time if left untreated.
Can carpenter ants harm me?
Carpenter ants do not sting and have not been known to cause any human disease. However, they do have large mouth parts and have been known to pinch or break the skin. They also can release formic acid which can enhance the pain.
Do carpenter ants cause damage?
Carpenter ants have been known to be associated with structural damage. Carpenter ants chew and excavate wood and structures to make cavities (galleries) for their nesting colony. They have been found in new and old timber, hollow core doors, foam insulation, furniture etc. However, they do not eat wood! Over time, carpenter ants can cause significant damage if a colony becomes established and left untreated. Usually a nest in a home or building is a “Satellite” colony and the main colony is outside in a tree, tree stump or a rotten structure.
What can I do?
Look to reduce moisture issues in your home or building making the environment undesirable that will help prevent these pests from establishing. Make sure moisture or rain is sloping away from your home or building. Identifying any old infested trees, stumps, old timbers, etc. and remove them. Repair roof leaks, inspect for and repair any leaking plumbing that may be contributing to moisture issues. In addition, trimming foliage and branches away from your structure will help reduce moisture issues and prevent ants from getting on the building. However, once these ants get in and established in a structure it is time to call a professional.
Why contact Terminator Pest Control?
Once we properly identify the ant species, we will inspect your home or building for structural and sanitation conditions that may contribute to a carpenter ant infestation. We will thoroughly inspect to identify for insect frass (wood shavings and insect parts), behaviors and patterns that will give us an understanding of where the carpenter ant nest is residing. We will strive to make low environmental impact and strategic applications specifically designed for carpenter ant control. We will make recommendations on what you can do to prevent further infestations.