Carpenter Ants are fairly large, sometimes reaching sizes of up to an inch in length with wings. Most of the workers range from 1/4″ to 3/8″ (major and minor workers).
In nature, Carpenter Ants usually nest outside in hollow, wooden void areas suchs as trees, abandoned termite galleries, and fallen timber. When ants infest buildings, they tend to live in structural voids such as soffits, cinder blocks, wall voids, crawl spaces, and door frames.
In general, ants tend to prefer wood that has already been damaged by moisture.
Carpenter Ant Damage
Carpenter ants can cause significant damage when they excavate galleries in wood.
Carpenter ants don’t actually eat wood. They use their powerful mandibles to excavate galleries in which to lay eggs and raise their young. The smooth galleries are the way professional exterminators can tell the difference between carpenter ant damage and damage caused by other wood-destroying insects.
If a carpenter ant infestation is allowed to go untreated, severe damage can weaken a building’s wooden structure. Carpenter ant damage can result in repair bills in the thousands. These expenses can be avoided by preventative inspections and early treatments.
Control of Carpenter Ants
There is no single “best” way to control carpenter ants. At Sudbury Pest Solutions, we utilize a variety methods such as specialized baits, liquid treatments or dust injections depending on each individual situation.
Please contact us for a consultation and treatment plan designed for your particular ant problem.
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