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Carpenter Ants

These wood damaging ants often go undetected until the damages that they are causing become painfully obvious.

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Carpenter Ants are some of the largest common ants. They do not eat wood. The burrow into moist wood to create nests and this can weaken structures and cost thousands of dollars in damages. These ants can cause significant structure damage to all types of wooden frames, like homes, playgrounds, fences, etc.

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Like most ants, carpenter ants are most active in the warmer months of spring and summer.

Carpenter Ant Identification

Of the many types of  ants in the United States, the carpenter ant is among the largest. Black is the most common color with a few showing tints of reddish or yellow coloration. The worker caste members also are equipped with large mandibles capable of chewing tunnels into wooden structures.

The carpenter ant colonies can be found inside or outside where there is an availability of moist, decaying or hollow wood. While carpenter ants do not eat wood, they chew into the wooden structures of your home and burrow tunnels and galleries. This behavior, over long periods of time, will weaken structures and can cause damage with expensive repairs.

Carpenter ants have often been confused with termites. However, there are a few noticeable differences that make for clear identification. One difference is with the wings. Wings of flying termites are the same size in front and back. The flying ant has much longer wings in the front. Another easily recognized difference is with the antennae. Ants have elbow shaped antennae that are at almost a 90-degree angle while the termite has a rather straight antenna. A third identifier is the shape of the body. The abdomen of the termite is straight while the ant has a very noticeable thin waist.

Dangers Associated With Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ant infestations left unaddressed in your home can lead to serious structural damage. Carpenter ants create their nests in wood, which over time can cause substantial damage.  

Carpenter Ant Prevention

Carpenter ants, as with all house pests, are attracted to places that provide food, water and shelter. There are a few prevention tips to help reduce the risk of an ant invasion.

These tips will be very helpful in preventing ant infestations. However, in the event of an infestation, DIY methods are not recommended. Most DIY methods and treatments do not get to the root of the problem.

Carpenter Ant Control 

The best method of treatment will always come from a professional pest control specialist. Total eradication of carpenter ants is not an easy accomplishment. The only ants seen are worker ants and just removing them will not solve your ant problem. Until the queen is removed, there will be an endless supply of workers coming from the colony. The entire colony must be found and disposed of to effectively become free of carpenter ants. ChemTec technicians are trained and prepared to remove your ant problem. Our QualityPro personnel will provide quality service, working around your schedule and will, most of the time, provide same day service and guaranteed satisfaction. Please contact us today for more information or to schedule a free inspection.

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