Controlling Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants grow to be one of the biggest ants in the country. True to their title, they live in decaying wood, carving nests into the grain like skilled craftsmen. While they dwell in wood, these ants don’t eat wood (unlike termites); they feed on insects and also like our food, particularly meats and sweet things.
Much like termites, carpenter ants also have “swarmers” amongst them– these are matured ants with wings. If you see winged ants, it’s a sign that their matured colony is read to make more colonies. You might also see wood shavings from the places where they burrowed through. An auditory clue that there may be Carpenter Ants in your home is a kind of “rustling” inside the wood as they move about their tunneled activities.
If you find carpenter ants or their traces, call a professional to come and find the source of the first nest. It takes some tracking and tracing to do this, so experience with keen eye is helpful. It’s important to treat right at the source, because otherwise remaining ants may be able to continue forth, creating new colonies and tunnels through the wood. You might also find discarded wings (males die after reproduction and the female removes her wings to find a good place to nest the eggs) that would indicate an infestation. Left alone, carpenter ants can cause noticeable damage.
Carpenter ants have a very involved life cycle, from eggs to workers to mature winged colonies in the thousands who then go onto create more colonies from their established, strong one. The sooner you detect an infestation the better, and a professional can fix the problem by tracing it back to its origins. We can also advise ways to get rid of excess moisture that attract these ants.