Carpenter ants are one of the largest of all ant species. They range in size from 1/4 – 1/2 inch in length and are usually darker in color. Regular worker carpenter ants are wingless, but in their reproductive form, they are larger and have wings.
Carpenter ants are so called because they prefer to establish their colonies in damp or damaged wood. Any wood in your home that has been exposed to moisture, such as the wood around a plumbing leak, is especially vulnerable. Carpenter ants use claw-like mandibles to tunnel through the wood and create a nest. They do not actually eat the wood, rather they dump it outside the tunnels. This sawdust-like material is called frass. If you come across a small pile in or around your home, it is a good indication there is a carpenter ant infestation nearby.
Damage Caused by Carpenter Ants
The extent of damage carpenter ants can cause to a home or structure depends on how many nests are actually present and how long the infestation has been active. Although large carpenter ant colonies are capable of causing structural damage, it is not normally as serious as damage caused by termites. If structural wood is weakened, however, carpenter ant damage can be severe. In any case, the level of damage can only be determined by locating and exposing the nest area.
Carpenter Ant Control
An important method for preventing carpenter ant problems indoors is to eliminate high-moisture conditions that are attractive to them, and replace any water-damaged wood. Be careful that wood or lumber stored in a garage or near the house is kept dry and, if possible, elevated to allow air circulation.
Store firewood as far away from buildings as possible. Remove tree and shrub stumps and roots. Trim any overhanging branches. Also, prune branches that touch electrical lines or other wires that are connected to the house; carpenter ants can travel from branches to lines.
Aerex Has the Solution
Aerex technicians understand the habits of carpenter ants, and they will use that knowledge when developing a control program to effectively get rid of ants in your home. Our technicians are professional, state certified, licensed applicators.
At Aerex we pride ourselves on fast, responsive service every day. All appointments are scheduled at times that are convenient for you. Call us for a free consultation at 847-255-8888.
Did you know
Carpenter ants use tactile trails to find their way back and forth. Ants feel and remember the distinct edges, grooves, and ridges in tree trunks or sidewalks as they move through their environment. They also employ visual cues along the way. At night, carpenter ants use moonlight to orient themselves.