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Fox Pest Control provides experienced carpenter ant exterminators in Lancaster, PA and the surrounding area. Carpenter ants can create a lot of damage to a home quickly. With their large mandibles they can create tunnels and galleries through the walls of your Lancaster home. You may see them wandering around your home, usually alone. Carpenter ants mainly feed on dead insects and meat, so if you leave our ant baits or traps, they may not eat it if other options are available. Carpenter ants can be easily identified by their large mandibles and large thorax. If you’ve seen small black or red ants around your home, we also provide general ant exterminators near you. The best Lancaster carpenter ant exterminators know that finding these pesky bugs (or seeing the damage they cause) can be scary and that getting rid of them can be challenging. Here at Fox Pest Control, your local Lancaster pest control experts, we work to help you live pest free. Call (717) 674-3119 or email us for a free carpenter ant inspection and estimate. We provide same-day service if you call before 2 p.m.

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Signs of a Carpenter Ant Infestation in Lancaster, PA

You might already know you have a carpenter ant infestation, but here are a few of the most common signs carpenter ant exterminators look for in Lancaster.


Large ants crawling inside your Lancaster home or other building, especially if they’re coming out of holes in the walls, ceilings, baseboards, cabinets, or other home features.

Wood Damage

Piles of fallen wood shavings, especially if they’re near an ant hole inside the building.


Scratching or rustling sounds coming from inside the walls.

Things to Know About Carpenter Ants in Lancaster, PA

  • Carpenter ants can cause serious damage to your Lancaster property by tunneling through 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.

Looking for Lancaster carpenter ant pest control near you? Fox provides free inspections, same-day service (if you call before 2 p.m.), and a 100% guarantee.

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 Lancaster home.
  • Trim branches away from your home that could be used as bridges for carpenter ants.
  • Reduce excess moisture in and around your home. Ensure water drains away from the foundation.
  • Clear gutters to ensure proper drainage away from home.
  • Seal all rotten wood areas if possible. Carpenter Ants do not eat rotten wood but it creates an easy entrance for them.

How Do I Get Rid of Carpenter Ants Near Lancaster, PA?

Step 1: Schedule

Call (717) 674-3119 for a free inspection. If you call before 2:00 pm, we can often come that day!

Remote locations & other conditions may require next-day service.

Step 2: Treatment

A certified technician will inspect your property & provide customized pest control treatment based on the inspection results.

Step 3: Follow Up

Each service provides a detailed report & helpful tips to keep pests away. We return regularly throughout the year, increasing protection with every visit.

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If you see pest activity between your regularly scheduled services, we will return free of charge!

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FAQs About Carpenter Ant Exterminators in Lancaster, PA

What is the difference between a carpenter ant and a termite?

Knowing the difference between these two pests can save you time, stress, and money. Carpenter ants vs termites: The main differences between carpenter ants and termites include the length of wings (ants' are different sizes, termites' are the same), the waist (ants' waists are tiny, termites' are broad), and the antennae (ants' are bendy, termites' are straight).

The Wings:
- Carpenter ants have four wings of different lengths
- Termites have four wings of the same length

The “Waist”:
- Carpenter ants have a tiny waist
- Termites have a broad waist

The Antennae:
- Carpenter ants have an elbow bend in their antennae
- Termites have straight antennae, which are like a tiny string of beads.

How much damage can carpenter ants do to a home in Lancaster?

Even though carpenter ants don’t eat wood, they can still cause a huge amount of damage. Homeowners across the nation and in Lancaster spend thousands of dollars out-of-pocket because insurance companies don’t cover damage by insects.

Do carpenter ants eat wood?

No. True to their name, they carve wood, just like a carpenter. Carpenter ants use their large jaws to cut galleries and tunnels. But unlike termites, they don’t eat wood. 

Can I treat carpenter ants on my own?

Carpenter ant infestations in Lancaster can be extremely serious and difficult to remove without professional help. Homeowners often spend vast amounts of money and resources to fight carpenter ants, but without long-term results. Call (717) 674-3119 or email us for a free inspection & estimate. Our Lancaster carpenter ant treatment near you might just be what you're looking for.

Do carpenter ants only infest damaged wood?

While some species prefer wet or damaged wood, they can also infest undamaged or dry wood, but that’s much less common.

Why do carpenter ants keep coming back?

One reason carpenter ant infestations are difficult to treat is because they make satellite nests, which the queen can replenish if they die out because of treatments.

If the carpenter ants in your home are a satellite nest, it could be many yards away from the main nest. This means the queen will be unaffected by non-professional treatments. The queen could completely restart a new infestation in your home without detection. That's just one reason that hiring a professional Lancaster, PA carpenter ant control exterminator is likely in your best interest. Call (717) 674-3119 or email us for a free inspection & estimate. We even provide same-day service if you call by 2 p.m.

What is a carpenter ant satellite nest?

Mature carpenter ant colonies in Lancaster can create satellite nests which are separate from the main nest but still dependent on the queen. Satellite nests allow the ants to widen their territory and find more food sources. The ants march back and forth between the two nests to carry eggs and to replenish food for the main colony.

Are carpenter ants easy to find in the house?

No, because they don’t like to come into the open. Once they gain entry to the house, carpenter ants tend to stay inside the wall voids and out of sight. Because of this, they can remain undetected for 8-10 years. If you sense trouble, call Fox Pest Control in Lancaster at (717) 674-3119 or email us. We’ll send a licensed and certified carpenter ant removal technician to your home to get rid of carpenter ants today!

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