Carpenter ants are large, and can measure from .63 – 2.5 cm. They are indigenous to many parts of the world and are the most likely ant species to infest a home in the United States. Although they don’t eat wood like termites, they prefer to build their nests in damp, rotting wood, and have been known to use decaying piles of firewood, or structures such as decks, sheds and patios. When infesting a home they will feed on crumbs or spilled food, and prefer sugary solutions.
How to Identify a Carpenter Ant Infestation
Check any damp wood on your property for carpenter ant galleries. These will appear as smooth tunnels cut into the wood, and are different from termite damage which will have mud packed into the holes in the wood. Carpenter ants will also leave traces of sawdust called frass near their nests.
Dealing with a Carpenter Ant Infestation
- Inspect any damp wood in your home for traces of carpenter ant infestation. If this wood is movable, such as firewood, remove it from your property.
- If the wood is not movable, note the location of any nests or indicators of infestation
- Ensure that food items in your home are kept in sealed containers such as tupperware
- Quickly clean any food spills, dirty dishes or other outlying food
Contact a certified pest control company as soon as possible.
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