Have you recently seen large black ants crawling around your home or business? Carpenter ants are becoming a large problem across the United States as these pests can cause major damage to your home if not taken care of. Carpenter ants are one of the most destructive pests in the home, and it is important to know what to look for in a carpenter ant infestation to avoid any potential damage that these bugs can cause.
What do carpenter ants look like?
Carpenter ants can vary in size, from around ⅜ inch to ½ inch long. These ants are usually black or red in color and are larger than most other ant species, making them easier to identify. Male carpenter ants, also known as swarmers, have wings and at a quick glance can look very similar to a dry-wood termite. Carpenter ants have a distinct waist with an evenly rounded thorax that is different from the body shape of a termite. Carpenter ants also have large bent antennae and powerful jaws to bite through the wood to create their tunnel networks. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wood. Carpenter ants chew through the wood to create their tunnel systems. These tunnel systems can be very detailed and intricate. A carpenter ant’s tunnel looks similar in nature to that of a termite, but the overall difference is the final result. A tunnel of a carpenter ant is smooth and looks more finished than that of a termite.
What damage do carpenter ants do to your home?
Carpenter ants can be detrimental to your home or business as they expand their colonies into wooden structures. Carpenter ants carve out smooth holes inside soft or damp wood called galleries, which over time can compromise the integrity of the structure. Depending on the size of the colony these galleries could become very costly and even dangerous if a large portion of a structure is compromised over time from the extensive network of tunnels that are created inside. If you have seen carpenter ants in your home or business, it is imperative to work towards exterminating these pests before the infestation grows and causes significant damage.
How do carpenter ants get inside a house?
Carpenter ants need a water source to survive, and they thrive off soft and rotten wood. Any area of your home that is prone to moisture problems could be a potential target for carpenter ants to attack and establish a colony. Common entry points for carpenter ants can be near exterior doors that are exposed to the elements or wooden siding near wet areas. Once carpenter ants find an entrance point in soft or rotten wood, they can begin to expand their galleries into dry and undamaged wood inside the home. It is important to locate these potential problem areas in your home and seal them to prevent any carpenter ants from gaining access to the inside. Examine these areas for small smooth holes, as this will be a good indicator that carpenter ants are already in the space.
Call Clegg’s Today
If you are suspicious of carpenter ants living in your home, call the professionals to rid your house of these pests. Carpenter ants can cause immense damage to your home if you do not take care of them in the early stages. If you are unsure if you have a problem with carpenter ants schedule a free inspection with Clegg’s. Even if they are not there, it is best to check and make sure.