• Eric Hoelscher

How to Tell If You Have Carpenter Ants in Your House

Updated: Jun 11

Many pests usually stay under the radar during winter months, but as soon as spring comes, they start crawling out and causing issues. Carpenter ants are especially problematic in the northeastern United States since the climate there is somewhat optimal for these creatures to thrive. More precisely, Eastern Massachusetts is one of the most problematic areas, and carpenter ants pose a real problem to the locals.


If you’re struggling with the contagion of carpenter ants or are simply unable to identify signs of carpenter ants in your house, take a moment to read this article, and you may find a couple of valuable insights that should help you overcome this issue and deal with the extermination properly.


What do Carpenter Ants Look Like?

Before we dive into the methods of prevention and elimination of the pests in question, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the basics, mainly with how to identify them in the first place.


Carpenter ants, also know as Camponotus, can vary in size and can be anywhere from half an inch to five eights of an inch in length. As far as their color goes, black is the most common, but it’s not unusual to stumble upon a combination of black and red as well as completely red or brown ants. They have six legs, and contrary to popular belief, they don’t eat wood but rather chew through it in order to create nests.


While these wood excavators are great for the environment since they produce compost from raw wood, they are also invasive pests that can cause some serious issues if they go unnoticed.

How to Tell if You Have Carpenter Ants

More often than not, people will find evidence of carpenter ants when it’s already too late. This doesn’t mean they cannot be dealt with, instead, it means that their colony is sufficiently developed to pose an issue and a challenge in terms eradication. This is why, in most cases, you are better off hiring a team of professionals and experts who have experience with infestations of carpenter ants rather than trying to deal with them yourself.


Here are some of the most common signs of carpenter ants infestation:

  • An increased number of flying ants coming from walls or ceilings

  • Shed wings of ants near windows and ventilation grids

  • Noises coming from the inside of walls, doors, and windows

  • Small piles of sawdust underneath doors and windows

If you happen to notice any of the signs mentioned above, chances are you’re dealing with an infestation of carpenter ants.


Ways to Prevent Infestation

Since carpenter ants love moisture and standing water in general, it’s a good idea to start by fixing any water leaks and keeping the perimeter around your home relatively dry, or at least, without any standing water.


Here are some other useful tips:

  • Seal any cracks you may have in the foundation of your house, preferably with a waterproof filler

  • Store your food in airtight containers

  • Keep your dining area and kitchen free of crumbs and other residues that may attract ants

  • Store firewood away from your home, preferably in a relatively dry place

  • Make sure your windows and doors have no gaps and entry points for ants

If you’re dealing with an infestation of carpenter ants, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we will be happy to do pest control for the carpenter ants. Contact us today!


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