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Three carpenter ants crawl on a brown surface

A Few Important Facts about Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are a wood-destroying member of the ant family.  Even though they do not eat wood, they tunnel into it to make a nest.  Carpenter ants are often confused with termites because they also destroy wood in your home. Both carpenter ants and termites have a winged reproductive ant with wings. These winged ants are a sign that the colony is growing.They can be black or red and black but are usually larger than other ants (1/4″ to 1 1/2″).

Group of carpenter ants

Carpenter Ants in Your House

Have you seen large ants in your home? These ants could be  Carpenter Ant Scouts.  A scout is sent out to forage for food. The scout will travel  along telephone wire or branches or on the ground to get into your home. Killing the scouts will not kill the colony, that is why calling a professional at Suburban Exterminating is important. 

ants in your home

Learn about Carpenter Ant Damage

Carpenter ants love to nest in moist spots in your home. They are particularly fond of homes with leaking roofs and leaking pipes in bathrooms or kitchens. Carpenter ants love that deck footing which is sitting in a puddle!  Carpenter ants can also nest in wood piles, dead tree stumps and dead tree branches. The longer the colony has been present, the more likely that there will be structural wood damage.