Carpenter Ants 101

By March 16, 2017Ants


Ants are considered one of the most annoying nuisance pests you can have in your home. They infest in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and anywhere food or water is found. The difference between regular black ants and carpenter ants is that carpenter ants actually do damage to your home. Ants are drawn to your home because you have the very essence enclosed inside that will help their colony stay alive. There are many different types of ants that can infest your house but the carpenter ant is one of the worst that can infest your home because of the costly damage they cause. By scheduling routine pest and ant control inspections, you can save money on potential expensive repairs these frustrating pests create.

What do carpenter ants look like?

Carpenter ants are large (6-12mm in length) and are black with a rounded thorax. Certain times of years like the spring and early summer, the females will be winged as they are looking for someplace to nest. Their wings are a pale yellow , in color with a cleft between them unlike termites whose wings are white and stack on top of each other. Carpenter ants also have a little joint in their antennae while termites’ antennae are straight.

Do carpenter ants eat wood?

This is one commonly misconstrued fact about carpenter ants and that is that they eat wood. Carpenter ants do NOT eat wood, instead they tunnel through it, using their powerful mandibles to chew their way through. Instead, these ants eat similarly to other ants. Their diet consists of meat, sugar, honey, pet food, jelly, sweets and other syrupy things.

What are the signs of a carpenter ant infestation?

Because carpenter ants often nest within the walls of your home, you might be unaware that you have a carpenter ant infestation until much damage has been done. To the average homeowner, the signs of an infestation might go unnoticed for a dangerous amount of time, but your Pointe Pest Control technician is trained to spot these instantly. Here are some things to watch for:

  • Piles of sawdust: As carpenter ants excavate through wood, they leave behind a sawdust-like material called frass. If you notice little piles of sawdust in corners, crawl spaces, basements, dark spaces or attics, this could be a bad sign.
  • Sounds of rustling: Within your walls, you might hear what sounds like crinkling cellophane noises. Using your ear or even a stethoscope if you have one to press against the wall for a closer inspection to listen, could help you identify this sound. Trained Pointe Pest Control technicians can tell you whether this is the noise of a carpenter ant infestation or not.
  • Wood damage: This last sign is the most obvious and usually by the time wood damage is detected, the infestation could be quite intense. If you have noticed the first two signs, search for signs of wood damage and if you find it, call the ant control specialists at Pointe Pest Control ASAP.
  • Professional carpenter ant control you can count on

    You can Google dozens of DIY tips on how to get rid of carpenter ants but that doesn’t mean these will be successful. It is difficult to get rid of a carpenter ant infestation on your own and requires extensive knowledge on how to remove them completely. You want a thorough and efficient approach to carpenter ant removal and that is exactly what you will get at Pointe Pest Control. Stop the damage being caused and call us today!