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Watch Out For These Signs Of Carpenter Ants

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Carpenter ants have six legs, two antennae, and three main body parts. They are mostly black, with some reddish areas. You will typically see carpenter ants traveling together in large numbers, on invisible highways, in your grass, on your walkways, and inside your home. They aren't a threat to humans--at least not physically--but your home won't fare so well against these foragers.

Are carpenter ants going to eat my home?

No. Carpenter Ants don't eat wood like termites. But they do chew large hollow galleries through wood, to establish their colonies. Though not as destructive as termites, carpenter ants can do quite a bit of damage to a structure, if left unhindered. What is most unnerving, is that these homewreckers sometimes stay under the radar for years, slowly carving out pockets, and building satellite colonies.

How can I tell I have carpenter ants in my house?

  • Sight - You'll see them getting into your pantry, your pet's food dish, and your kitchen cabinets.

  • Sawdust trails - as these ants burrow into the moist or rotted wood of your house, they will push sawdust sized pieces out. You'll see these draining from the wall, or piled on the floor.

  • Sound - If you set your ear against the wall, you can sometimes hear them rustling inside.

  • Winged Ants - Carpenter ant swarmers can usually be seen foraging for food. A sure sign of a well-established colony usually seen when the colony is looking to establish a new colony.

 

carpenter ant damage

If you suspect you have carpenter ants, contact Rose Pest Solutions immediately. The most important step in getting rid of Carpenter Ants is identifying them and finding the nest. Once the next is found they can be eliminated fairly easily. Carpenter ants rarely do extensive damage to homes, but left unchecked over a long period of time, Carpenter Ants can literally eat you out of house and home. Contact Rose Pest Solutions for a FREE inspection

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