Carpenter ants can vary in size and color but are usually 1/4 - 1/2 inch long and blackish in color. Some homeowners in the spring will see swarms of winged carpenter ant reproductives inside their home. Normally when this happens it is a good bet that their is a colony nesting somewhere in the structure. Carpenter ants damage wood by hollowing it out for nesting but they do not eat the wood. They will nest in any wood but prefer wood that is moist. Nests inside homes are more likely to be found near water leaks, windows that are poorly sealed, flashing of chimneys or any other moisture problem that the homeowner may have been experiencing. When hollowing out areas for nesting they create a sawdust material called frass. Areas like garage door frames, window trim and basement sill plates are good areas to see this frass in piles left by carpenter ants. When piles of frass are found the nest is close by.
It is important to realize that carpenter ants can nest either inside or outside a structure. so call Prevention Pest Control for a free inspection and let us take away the stress of having this unwanted pest.
Treatment for Carpenter Ants
A parent colony is a nest with a egg laying queen, brood and over 2000 worker ants where as a satellite colony may have large numbers of ants but no queen, eggs or larva young. When someone gets carpenter ants inside a home, they may have originated from the parent colony or from one or more satellite colonies. An effective treatment in controlling carpenter ants is to do an exterior perimeter treatment as well as an interior service to areas of current activity and high probability. Communication between the homeowner and the pest professional is a big key in eliminating this pest.
Contact us at Prevention Pest Control to hear more about our carpenter ant program.