Carpenter ants get their name from their nest building. They prefer to nest inside decayed, wet wood, and excavate the wood to form tunnels from which to get around. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood, they only tunnel and chew through wood to create nests.
What do Carpenter Ants look like?
Carpenter ants vary in size and can be anywhere from ½” to ⅝” long. While black carpenter ants are common, some species have reddish or yellowish coloration. The color also varies among species, ranging from black to brown, red, black, yellow, orange, yellowish tan or light brown. Some ants exhibit both red and black coloration.
How serious are carpenter ants? Should I be worried?
Carpenter ants, like termites, can go undetected for long periods of time. By the time you know you have them you have an infestation that is not easily corrected. The damage caused by carpenter ants is often confused with termite damage. Remember, termites eat and digest the cellulose found in the wood, carpenter ants simply hollow out galleries to use as nests in wood.
Signs of carpenter ants:
All species of carpenter ants prefer decayed wood for their nesting sites. Although carpenter ants do not eat wood, damage can be severe when nests remain active for several years. Outside of seeing them marching around your home, you’ll often find evidence of sawdust outside their kick-out holes. In addition, if you see winged ants creeping out from ceilings, walls, or other hidden crevices then you’ve got a problem. If the infestation is severe, you might find stuck doors or windows, uneven floors, sinking ceilings and bulging walls.
How do I treat ant infestation?
It is very difficult to eliminate an ant problem on your own. A successful ant control program requires that the entire colony be eliminated, including the queen(s). This often requires professional assistance.
There are somethings you can do to prevent ants from entering your home or business:
- Sealing cracks in foundations and gaps around windows and doors.
- Don’t leave food out on your counter or dirty dishes in your sink.
- Signing up for year round home pest control services can also help you protect your home and prevent ants and other pests from taking over.
Ants are active year-round, that means you need protection year-round. Sigma’s Quarterly Pest Control Service (QPCS) covers ants, spiders, roaches, wasps, fleas, centipedes, crickets, mice, rats, and much more.
Once we solved any issues on the inside of your home, we will focus our efforts on the outside to keep your home pest free. Exterior services will occur once every three months, and will include a foundation treatment, removal of wasp nests and spider webs using a telescopic tool that reaches up to 30 feet, a perimeter band around the home. And crack and crevice service. However, if the bugs don’t listen, we will come back and take care of it at no additional charge to you.