Carpenter Ants

What Is A Carpenter Ant?

The predominant species of carpenter ants found in our area is relatively large and black in color; worker ants range in size from 1/8" to more than a half-inch. Some species of carpenter ants may be smaller, and may appear in other colors.  All carpenter ants feature a single node between the middle portion of the body and the abdomen.

Why Do I Have Them?

Carpenter ants prefer to establish nests in decaying wood, and then move into more sound wood. In most cases a nest located within your home.  Main nests of carpenter ants are usually outdoors, and are dormant until spring. But satellite nests of carpenter ants are frequently located inside of buildings, and these colonies often begin to "wake up" and become active during January and February. If you notice carpenter ants in your home during the winter months, it's a sure sign you have a satellite nest.  Foraging carpenter ants will look for food inside your home and often gain entry through window frames, eaves and door frames.

Are They Dangerous?

Carpenter ants are not known to bite but are considered a nuisance pest because of their ability to cause structural damage. 

How Do I Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants?

The most important and often most difficult part of getting rid of carpenter ants is locating the nest or nests.  If the nest is not destroyed carpenter ants are likely to return.  Contacting Local Pest Control is the most effective way to ensure your property is kept free of ants.

Can I Do It Myself?

Do-It-Yourself carpenter ant treatments are not usually effective and may only eradicate carpenter ants that are foraging on your property and not the entire nest.  These products may contain pesticides that can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Trimming trees and bushes so that their branches do not touch or come in contact with your home can help prevent carpenter ant problems. Also correcting any moisture problems such as leaking roofs or a leaking chimney can deter these pests.  If carpenter ants have infested your property contact Local Pest Control as soon as you spot them to prevent a larger carpenter ant infestation.