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Are Carpenter Ants Invading Your Home?

Are Carpenter Ants Invading Your Home?

Are Carpenter Ants Invading Your Home?

Posted May 28, 2021

When you see ants around the house, often you’re looking at the annoying little guys that are on the hunt for something to feed the thousands of kids at “home” back in the nest. It’s pretty easy to tell when you’re dealing with a bunch of run-of-the-mill household sugar ants … and those guys are frustrating enough. But if you’re seeing relatively larger ants around, you may be in the middle of an invasion from a more nefarious variety of the insect: carpenter ants!

Carpenter ants pack a much bigger punch than the sugar bowl-seeking smaller dudes. Carpenter ants can actually chew through wood — like the kind of wood that keeps your house from falling down. They don’t consume the wood, they just excavate it out of the way. They like the security of laying their eggs surrounded by the protection of all that wood. That’s great for the safety of the next generation of carpenter ants, but it’s really bad for the stability of your valuable house. 

If not treated, the cycle will continue. Carpenter ant queens can live up to 25 years, and lay thousands of eggs! 

How Do I Know If I Have A Carpenter Ant Infestation?

Is the wood in your home deteriorating? Do you see little piles of sawdust around? Do you hear strange scratching noises coming from inside your walls? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might be in the middle of a carpenter ant infestation. 

Things to Know About Carpenter Ants

  • Carpenter ants can cause serious damage to your property by chewing away the wood. It’s important to recognize them when you see one.
    • Carpenter ants have a constricted “waist” and three body regions
    • These ants are often up to 5/8 of an inch long, but the queen can be as long as one inch 
    • Some of them may even have wings, making it easy to confuse them with termites
      • Both carpenter ants and termites have two pairs of wings. There is a front pair and a back pair. On termites, both the front and back pair of wings are the same length. On carpenter ants, the back wings are significantly shorter than the front wings.
  • Carpenter ants seem to prefer building their nests in wet or damaged wood outside. However, this does not mean they won’t build nests inside your walls, as well. 
  • Once carpenter ants develop a primary nest, they will create satellite nests providing the large queen ants places to lay more and more eggs. 

Helpful Carpenter Ant Prevention Tips

  • Move all dead or moist wood as far from the foundation of your home as possible
  • Seal all cracks with caulk to prevent carpenter ants from getting inside your home
  • Reduce excess moisture in and around your home. Ensure water drains away from your home’s foundation

Worried You’re Being Overrun By Carpenter Ants?

Not to worry. Fox Pest Control is here to support you! We have the expertise and the experience to get rid of carpenter ants at your home. If you call before 2 p.m., Fox will send a certified and licensed technician to your home today!

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