Carpenter ants are communal insects that usually live in large colonies. They are normally black or red but can also sometimes be a combination of the two colors. Each colony has a queen and the rest are worker ants. Their colonies can range anywhere from a few dozen to millions of ants. Normally they reside in live or fallen trees but they can also reside in your home and when they do, they need to be eliminated quickly. Wondering why? You could suffer thousands of dollars in damage if carpenter ants have invaded your home.
Although carpenter ants borough into your wood, unlike termites they do not eat the wood, instead, they borough through the wood in your home to create a living area for their colony. If you’re not sure what you’re dealing with, a professional inspection can help you distinguish the two problem creatures. Like a termite infestation, a carpenter ant infestation can cause a great deal of damage to a home, so homeowners have to be careful. Some of the signs of a carpenter ant infestation that a homeowner should look for include:
• The presence of sawdust or wood shavings found beneath wooden items that comes from where the ants have bored into the wood.
• Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
• Wood that is easily penetrated by a knife.
• A faint rustling noise inside woodwork or walls.
• The presence of large winged ants that come out from walls, ceilings and other hidden areas.
• Wood with wide and irregular galleries that are smooth and are free from debris.
If a homeowner sees the presence of any of these signs, they should seek the help of a licensed professional to see if they truly have an infestation. They should not attempt to get rid of them themselves since that can often lead to the colony dividing, which will make them even more difficult to exterminate. Instead, they should find a licensed professional like Ransford to take care of the problem.