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Before you read about carpenter ants and their characteristics take a look at the list of not so nice effects ants have on their human adversary:

  • They are capable of transmitting disease!!!!!!!!!!

  • They sting and bite.

  • They contaminate our foods.

  • They nest in our lawns or homes, creating a considerable amount of damage.

  • They attract other destructive insects such as aphids and scale that attack ornamental plants.

  • They chew on  various kinds of fabrics.

  • They chew the insulation from wires and other equipment.

  • They have been known to kill young poultry, birds, livestock and game.

About Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are relatively easy to identify.  Predominantly, they are blackish or very dark bodied in color with workers ranging in size from 1/4" to 3/4" and sporting large mandibles.  With these rather large mandibles, they can bite or give a strong pinch when threatened. 

  • Carpenter ants DO NOT eat wood.  They  create hollowed out areas in the wood for nesting which somewhat resemble termite damage.

  • Although carpenter ants prefer moist or unsound wood, they are quite capable of burrowing in sound wood to create a comfortable home for themselves.

  • Carpenter ants nests can be found outdoors in various locations such as a hollow pipe, decaying stumps, fence posts, large pieces of decaying or sound wood, an inviting stack of firewood and cracks, crevices and other cavities in your home.

  • Indoor nests may be found porches, roofs, window sills, doors, behind baseboards, fireplaces, shingles, and other hollow areas that can easily be converted to nests.

  • Carpenter ants may be carried into your home on firewood or enter through other various ways and establish a colony inside your home.

  • Foraging ants are also able to enter your home via tree limbs or wires touching the house.

  • Carpenter ants will often invade a home for food and travel from a nesting area outside the home over established feeding routes.

If you suspect you have a Carpenter ant problem, we can help.  Just call or email us to request information or an appointment.  Together we can solve your problem.


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