ant-18_lCarpenter ants do more damage than any other wood destroying insect in our area.  Although termites get more attention, carpenter ants are far more common in Sandy, Oregon.  A fully developed nest can do considerable damage within a structure and should be addressed quickly.

Sandy Oregon Pest Control CouponPeople often see carpenter ants and think they are “just an ant”.  Any ant larger 1/4 inch is probably a carpenter ant and should be taken seriously.  They come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes.  For example, they polymorphic which means that each ant can look different than others in the colony.  They vary greatly in size depending on the amount of nutrition within the nest.  This means that the smaller ants are actually older than the larger ants, which have benefited from the increase amount of food in the nest and grown more.  If you are seeing carpenter ants with wings, this is an indication that the nest has been established for several years and is now reproducing with these winged ants (called “swarmers”)

Carpenter ants do not actually eat the wood in your home.  They actually excavate galleries in the wood for nesting and laying eggs.  If you are seeing a substance that looks like sawdust, this could be a sign of carpenter ants.  Food for the carpenter ant nest is usually found outside as they feed on other insects and parts of plants.  For this reason, an effective way to exterminate carpenter ants is to do a solid perimeter treatment, knowing that the ants must cross it in order to bring food back to the nest.

Since they usually move at night, a carpenter ant infestation can go unnoticed for a long time.  It becomes more important to have the nest treated by a pest control company to ensure that they are entirely gone and not continuing to destroy your home without you being aware.

If you are having carpenter ant issues and would like a little help.  Please give our office a call and we will gladly help you!

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