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Carpenter Ants

What do carpenter ants look like?

large red and black carpenter ant in new york

Carpenter ants are a large species of ant; workers can grow to be 5/8th to ½ an inch in length. Queens can grow up to 1 inch in length.  The workers have strong mandibles that they use for creating their tunnels and nesting areas.  Carpenter ants can be black, red, or a combination of both colors.

Carpenter ant behaviors

Carpenter ants need to build their nests in areas of high moisture; their developing eggs have specific moisture needs.  Carpenter ant colonies start with one main colony, which can take 3-6 years to fully mature. Once the colony matures, they will start to build new satellite colonies.

Outside, carpenter ant nests can be found in rotting trees stumps, fallen trees, standing trees, in landscaping, and in firewood piles.  Inside, carpenter ants prefer to attack wood that has previously been damaged by water or mold.  If an infestation is allowed to continue for a long period of time, the carpenter ants will eventually attack undamaged sound wood as well.

Carpenter ants usually enter homes accidentally while they are foraging for food.  It is a common misconception that carpenter ants eat wood like termites; in reality, they only create tunnels and nesting areas within wood and do not actually eat the wood.  Carpenter ants feed on a wide variety of food like other insects, honeydew, pet food, meat, and sweets like syrup and honey.

Are carpenter ants dangerous?

Carpenter ants are not dangerous to people, but they are dangerous to the structures of homes and other buildings.  A carpenter ant infestation can negatively affect the structural integrity of a building.  Damage from carpenter ants can be very time consuming and costly to repair which is why getting help for a carpenter ant infestation sooner rather than later is so important.

Can Suburban help with a carpenter ant problem?

Yes, Suburban can help eliminate a carpenter ant infestation. We understand just how much damage carpenter ants can inflict on a property.  Our technicians can provide the safe and effective solutions needed to completely eradicate carpenter ants from your property through our home pest control services.

Yes, Suburban can help eliminate a carpenter ant infestation. We understand just how much damage carpenter ants can inflict on a property.  Our technicians can provide the safe and effective solutions needed to completely eradicate carpenter ants from your property. 

For more information about our carpenter ant control services or to schedule your free inspection, contact Suburban today!

Carpenter ant prevention tips

Along with putting into place a year-round pest control service, there are a few things that you can do to protect your home from a carpenter ant infestation.

  • Inspect the exterior perimeter of your home and makes sure that any cracks or crevice in the foundation of your home are sealed.

  • Caulk any spaces found around exterior windows and doors.

  • Make sure that gutters are working properly to direct water away from your home.  Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures.

  • Place outdoor trash cans (make sure they have tight fitting lids) and woodpiles away from the exterior of your home.

  • Reduce humidity levels in your home by using de-humidifiers.

  • Keep food stored in sealed containers or in the refrigerator.

  • Quickly clean up spills and crumbs; and regularly wash dirty dishes.

 

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