It’s Summertime which means Carpenter Ants and other pests are active again. Wildwoods Pest Control is dedicated to making sure your home is pest free. Carpenter ants can cause a significant amount of damage to the wood in your house. Many will see an ant and not think it is a big deal, but if you see one ant, there are many more that are unseen.
Carpenter ants cause more damage than any other wood destroying insect in the Pacific Northwest. Termites receive a lot of attention but Carpenter ants are far more common. Carpenter ants don’t eat wood but they create tunnels for their nests by excavating the wood. A fully developed ants nest can do considerable damage to a structure and should be addressed quickly.
Here are a few facts about Carpenter Ants and how to spot an infestation of them. Knowing what to look for is a huge major step!
Carpenter Ant Facts
- are one of most common species of ants in the U.S.
- vary in color as in size, but they are generally reddish orange to black.
- do not eat the wood in which they nest, but chew it with their very large mandibles to create galleries and connecting tunnels. (Termites, on the other hand, do eat the wood in which they nest.)
- nest outdoors in dead and decaying wood, such as hollow and rotting trees, old stumps, and even firewood.
- also nest in homes and buildings, in enclosed areas where the wood is damp, wet or otherwise decayed. If infestations grow, the carpenter ant colony may expand into sound wood, and they have also been found in foam insulation.
- usually have more than one nesting site, including a parent and satellite colonies.
- damage structures through the excavation of their extensive galleries and tunnels and nesting in areas such as wall voids, hollow doors, and insulation.
- feed on proteins and sugars, such as honeydew produced by aphids, meats, and sweets such as syrup, honey, and jelly.
- may forage in the home for food, but this will occur primarily at night in the spring and summer.
- can’t sting, but carpenter ants can inflict painful bites with their powerful jaws, and they will spray formic acid into the wound, causing a burning sensation. (Source: University of California)
How to Know if You Have an Infestation
You may have an infestation:
if you have seen the ants in your home or building during the late fall, winter, or early spring. However, one or two in the spring or summer does not necessarily mean that you a problem.
if you are seeing flying ants
from your home in the spring time. (Note: these may also be termites. See How to Tell the Difference)
if you have wet or spongy wood, particularly around leaky pipes, drains, walls or roofing, and you are seeing ants or evidence of their presence in the area.
Stop dealing with pests and call 971-219-6681 to schedule a free inspection today.
Wildwoods Pest Control can take care of any pest problem. If you are concerned that you might have a carpenter ant infestation and would like to have it checked out, we offer a free, no obligation pest inspection.
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