Of all the ant species, the carpenter ant is one of the most valuable and, ironically, the most destructive. These insects, well known for their incredible ability to chew through tons of wood, can become a real headache, especially in urban or residential areas.
Although they appear harmless, like the ants you find in your kitchen picking up crumbs, carpenter ants can literally destroy your property, slowly eating away at the structure from the inside. And they have tenacious bites, too.
Although they are one of the most common pests, due to their ability to corrode wood, these insects deserve immediate attention to counter them, as they perniciously eat away at the interior of the wood, quietly wearing away at your property’s infrastructure.
Fortunately, there are signs and patterns that make them easy to identify, and with the help of professionals, getting rid of this pest can save your property’s wood. It’s all about knowing how to identify these signs early, before it’s too late.
If you’re wondering what grievances these powerful insects produce, and how you can protect the infrastructure of your home or workplace, but don’t know how. Or, you want to learn more and seek professional help, then you’ve come to the right place!
As AKL Exterminators, experts in extermination and pest control of all kinds, we will explain here what damage carpenter ants cause, and how to recognize an invasion of these insects, as well as some methods to eliminate them effectively.
Don’t wait for the infestation to spread, let’s start!
Everything you need to know about carpenter ants
The carpenter ant, nicknamed the camponotus species, is a class of ant that has the ability to burrow into wood, chewing it to create tunnels and nests. They are also known to be very destructive insects to furniture, beams and the internal infrastructure of properties.
What do carpenter ants look like and reproduce?
Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood, they simply chew it up and expel it, in order to dig out passages in their homes. Carpenter ant colonies can reach 50,000 or 100,000 in severe infestations, and there is usually only one queen per colony.
They reproduce when the colony is over two years old, staying hidden during the winter. They are easy to distinguish, with their oval shape, six legs, slightly larger than common ants (between ½ and ⅝ long), and can be black, brown or reddish in color, with large jaws. Their bites are really painful.
Carpenter ant habitat
Carpenter ants create their niches inside wood, especially damp or decaying wood. In general, they live in forest environments, digging passages, underground tunnels and long gallery systems in the wood.
Diet of carpenter ants
These insects, despite their appearance, are predators and scavengers par excellence. They usually feed on other dead insects, plant nectar and plants. In addition, they are often attracted to sweet substances, such as honey, syrup or juice.
Why do carpenter ants invade?
Carpenter ants are usually attracted to homes or residential buildings because of damp or moldy wood. Many carpenter ants can enter a home by chewing on wood or through cracks and holes. Others climb on branches, wires or pipes, finding shelter inside properties to establish colonies and breed.
Damage and signs of carpenter ant infestation
Like termites, a carpenter ant infestation can go undetected for months or even years, and the offenses caused can sometimes be confused. But as mentioned earlier, termites consume wood, while carpenter ants simply throw it away.
The external signs of a carpenter ant infestation are
- Presence of worker ants on the floor or in damp areas, such as sinks or toilets. You may also find them in your kitchen or pantry.
- The appearance of openings and cracks in the wood of furniture or beams.
- Sudden accumulation of wood shavings (sawdust) on windows, doors, furniture or walls (indicator of an active infestation).
- Ant body parts
- Excess moisture in the wood or furniture of the property.
Carpenter ant damage ranges from structural damage, holes in furniture, increased moisture, weakened supports, warped frames, blocked doors, loose windows, sunken ceilings, bulging walls, and tilted or leaking furniture.
This damage will increase if the infestation is not treated in time, as the more days pass, the more the colony will grow exponentially. Fortunately, the grievances caused by these ants can take years, but the key is quick identification, so call the professionals.
How do I get rid of carpenter ants on my property?
Getting rid of this pest won’t be easy, especially with an established colony constantly attacking the wood on your property. However, here are some helpful tips (both preventive and combative), so you can deal with this problem:
- Place a bait to find the nest, attracting scout ants with sweet things like honey or jam. You can mix the bait with approved chemicals to kill them in the process.
- Eliminate trace odors to prevent ants from finding food sources. You can use oils or dishwashing solutions.
- Destroy the nest after detecting it by drilling holes in the infested wood to place poison or other products to kill the ants. Repeat this process for several days.
- Fill in any holes or cracks you find in walls or furniture to eliminate entry or exit for carpenter ants.
- Cut grass and tree branches near power lines so ants can’t reach the wires.
- Store firewood away from your home or property. Throw away any wet or old wood. Remove damaged or fungus-ridden logs.
- Fix water leaks or leaky pipes to prevent ants from finding moisture sources.
Now that you know all about carpenter ants, the damage caused by these persistent insects and some steps to get rid of them, don’t wait any longer to apply these tips and prevent your property from becoming a colony of wood-bearing ants!
Don’t forget to be alert to any signs of infestation. Don’t let any abnormality you find go unnoticed, as this will prevent more serious damage to your home and furniture.
And if you are suffering from the ravages of carpenter ants and urgently need the help of a pest control company, don’t hesitate to contact us! At AKL Exterminator, we are professionals in extermination and pest control of all types.
We will help you without saying a word! In addition, we offer different services and products that you can find in our amazing online store, to fight all kinds of invaders, from spiders to rodents. We offer our services in the different provinces of Quebec.
You can find us at 5333 Boul. Laurier, suite 128 Terrebonne, J7M 1W1. We guarantee the quality and the warranty of our products and services, against any invading pest. Do not hesitate to contact us by clicking on the image below! We take calls at any time!