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FAQ: Carpenter Ants

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Let’s take a look at the most commonly asked questions about carpenter ants.

Are carpenter ants different from termites?

Both termites and carpenter ants can do a lot of damage to the home’s wooden structure, but the two species are not the same. The main difference between them is that termites will eat the wood, while the ants will just inhabit it. This means that getting rid of each infestation will require different methods and insecticides.

Do carpenter ants do a lot of damage if they don’t eat wood?

Yes they do. Carpenter ants will build their colony inside of the wood, so while they may not do damage as fast as termites, the damage that they do can be just as extensive over a long enough period of time.

What does the diet of carpenter ants consist of?

Carpenter ants prefer a diet that is made out of mostly sugar. However, they will settle for pretty much anything, including other carpenter ants. They can also live quite well off of protein and fat sources.

What are the signs of a carpenter ant infestation?

There are two main signs of an infestation: either you see a carpenter ant in the home (they are larger than average ants and black in coloration), or you notice piles of sawdust and insect parts near the wooden structures of the home. Infested wood may also sound hollow when tapped.

What is a gallery?

A carpenter ant gallery is the tunnel that is dug into the wood, and through which carpenter ants travel in the nest. You will usually find these galleries on the surface of window sills, decks, porches, roof eaves, or wherever you have rotten, wet wood.

Am I safe if I do not have much wood in the home?

Unfortunately, no. Carpenter ants will nest in a variety of other home materials including styrofoam, insulation, and others. They may also infest materials in boats, and RVs. Basically, carpenter ants will try to nest in just about anything that resembles wood, if they can get access to food and water.

What do I do if I have an infestation?

If you have a carpenter ant infestation, your best bet is to call a professional. You also have the option of going DIY, but if the infestation is too large, regular measures will have little effect. Contact us today to set up a carpenter ant control appointment.

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