Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants: What you need to know

Identifying Characteristics

  • Adult Carpenter Ants can measure ¬Ĺ-¬ĺ inches in length (larger than a grain of rice)
  • Typically black but can be found partially colored with grey or red
  • Nests are generally located in moist or rotting wood
  • Generally have prominent mandibles/pincers
  • Small sawdust piles may be found near the entrance of their colonies

Active Season

  • Depending on environment, active nests may be seen all year
  • Mating/Swarming season is in early spring

Interesting Facts

  • Ants can eat pretty much any type of food but are unable to digest cellulose
  • Opposed to Termites, Carpenter Ants do not actually eat wood
  • The queen ant will live and continue laying eggs for up to 28 years!

Cause for Concern

  • Carpenter Ants can cause structural damage to your house by making tunnels in wood for their homes
  • Ants living in the wood in your home can attract predators such as woodpeckers which will do extreme damage to wood in attempts to find and eat insects
  • Consistently seeing ants in your home, especially in colder seasons, is a typical sign of an active nest in your home

Town & Country Can Help

Customer Preparation

  • If Carpenter Ants are being seen in the home, put cheap pancake syrup (not maple) in small dish or bottle cap in the rooms where ants are being seen, in order to monitor activity. Pets and people must remain out of the home for 1 hour for interior treatment.
  • Please be prepared to be out of your home for 1 hour from the time we begin our treatment.

Our Guarantee

  • Town & Country Pest Solutions offers a guarantee that is above the industry average on every pest that we treat. Please contact our office for specific guarantee offers

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If you have any evidence or any suspicion that this pest is around your property do NOT hesitate to contact us before the problem gets out of control.

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