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What Is A Carpenter Ant?

Carpenter ants are black ants that are ¼-3/4 of an inch. They have other distinctive characteristics such as elbowed antennae and a heart shaped head. Ants have a 3 segmented body, six legs, and 2 antennae. They are black or can even look reddish in color. You could see a winged Carpenter Ant. This is the winged reproductive carpenter ant, not to be confused with a termite. Carpenter Ants are structural pests.

Contrary to popular belief, they don’t eat wood. They hollow out tunnels or galleries and push the shavings out of the nest. A good time to check to see if you have carpenter ants living in your house is to walk around the exterior of your home at night with a flash light. If you have a problem, you will see them trailing along the foundation stem wall of your home or along your siding. Don’t forget to look up along gutters, power and audio visual lines. If you find ants you have a problem.

How to get rid of Carpenter Ants?

Prevention for Carpenter Ants and other bugs involves cutting back foliage a minimum of 3 feet from the exterior perimeter of the structure. Remove leaf and yard debris from your flower beds and stack fire wood away from the structure. Ants like to live in rotting wood and wood in general. Deal with any suspected dry rot issues in a timely fashion.

If you have an issue with carpenter ants and want additional information, please call our office for prevention and treatment options.