Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are one of the most problematic ants. They not only are a nuisance, but they can do some serious damage to homes and buildings. Carpenter ants get their name because they build their nests in wood. However, in contrast to termites, they do not eat the wood but only tunnel and chew through it. They mainly eat the honeydew created by aphids as well as dead insects. These ants are noticeable larger than other ants, ranging from ¼-in to 1-in long. Most commonly black, but they can also appear reddish. 

Like termites, carpenter ants form extensive colonies in deadwood that can be a serious and costly problem for homeowners if they are not controlled. These colonies can contain up to 50,000 ants. Here in Wisconsin, it is actually more common for structural damage to be caused by carpenter ants rather than termites. The easiest way to identify a carpenter ant infestation is to find sawdust-like piles around the home. Areas that are most prone to infestations are decks, porches, under windows, and around roof eaves.

How Do I Get Rid of Carpenter Ants?

One way to prevent carpenter ants is to eliminate any areas of moisture and standing water. They need a water source to survive. Being woodworkers, carpenter ants can cause some serious damage to wood structures. One way to identify if you have carpenter ants is by finding small holes in the wood around your house with sawdust-like piles near the holes. If carpenter ants have already invaded your home, we recommend giving us a call here at Advanced Wildlife Control as soon as possible. Our professional trained technicians will identify and eliminate your ant problem with a variety of options.

DID YOU KNOW? – Carpenter ants are very tidy ants that keep their nests clean by removing old food and dead ants.  

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