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Carpenter ants are considered one of the most common household pest in North America.
They usually build their nests in moist, decaying wood and homes. Most of these structures
have moisture issues caused by water leaks from broken or old pipes. The insects will
use tree branches that overhang roofs as an access point to your house. Because
these bugs look for entry points like unsealed openings around utility pipes and wires
which let them inside without you even knowing it!
The carpenter ant is among the top three types of bugs found inside houses across the US.
Their size ranges anywhere between 1-4 mm long; however, queens measure up to 20mm long
during mating season (June).
Are Carpenter Ants Serious?
Carpenter ants are known for their ability to build, but they can also weaken wood
from the inside. A long-term infestation with multiple colonies in a home often
means serious structural damage and unsightly cosmetic damage.
We recommend that if you think or know that you have carpenter ants you call a local professional to save you
from future damage.
How Do I Know if I Have a Carpenter Ant Infestation?
An infestation of carpenter ants can be identified by the appearance of small openings
on wood, through which they expel debris. This is composed primarily of sawdust-like
shavings and fragments from insulation or insect body parts. Below these holes,
there will often accumulate a large amount if this debris to indicate an active colony.
The tunnels created by the ants are smooth with a sandpapered feel to them; however
because some dirt might get inside it's difficult for people without specialist
equipment like gas chromatography mass spectrometer s (GCMS) to know whether there
has been any recent activity.
How Do I Get Rid of Carpenter Ants?
Carpenter ants need water to survive. To avoid brown, red or black carpenter ants in
the house, eliminate sources of moisture and standing water. Make sure trees are
trimmed back from your home so pests don't use them as a way into your house through
branches that get close to it. Seal all openings with silicone-based caulk - including
ones around doors and windows where insects can enter small spaces they find via
cracks and little gaps under doorways for example; also make sure firewood is stored
away from houses too! Carpenter ants like building nests out of stacks of wood near
their homes which may be inviting for future colony growth if left unchecked by pest