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Signs Of Carpenter Ants In Your Home

Carpenter ants are dangerous if they enter your Syracuse home. Over time they can cause mold and wood rot, which can eventually degrade a building. It’s best to be aware of how to spot a carpenter ants before an infestation gets out of hand. Read our tips below for how to spot carpenter ants.

What Do Carpenter Ants Look Like

It’s essential that you spot carpenter ants as they walk around your home. Carpenter ants can be a black, brown, or red color, and reach a length of around ½ an inch. They have one node between their head and abdomen. One way to differentiate this species from normal ants is their rounded thorax and hairy abdomen. Female carpenter ants have wings, but worker ants don’t have wings.

Where They Nest

These ants nest in old or wet wood already damaged by other insects. This could include wood around windows, baseboards, chimneys, sinks, or door jams. They can create either parent or satellite colonies. Parent colonies have worker ants as well as the single queen, while satellite colonies contain larvae and pupae.

Signs of Nesting

  • Wood Shavings - Carpenter ants tunnel through wood by chewing and leave behind small piles of wood shavings. These shavings resemble sawdust. Keep an eye out for these wood shavings by window sills, baseboards or door frames.
  • Hollow Wood - One way to check for an infestation is to knock along wooded areas and to listen for a hollow sound. This may also draw some ants out from their nest. After you do this, keep an eye out for any ants crawling out of the wood. Most likely, there will also be visible wood damage. Look for large cracks or hollowed areas.
  • Noises - Carpenter ants can also make rustling noises within the wood. Listen to the wooden areas for signs of an infestation.

How To Remove Them

You can do several things in order to remove carpenter ants from your Syracuse, NY home. One way to help locate the ants and work to remove them is to set bait traps. One example of a type of bait that would draw the ants from their nest is a piece of honeydew melon. After placing this bait you will be able to see a clear trail of ants. You will then be able to trace them back to the infested area. You can also use toxic bait that will help to remove the ant population. Another way to remove some carpenter ants is to use carpenter ant dust. You can only use it on areas where you can directly see or contact the nest.

The best way to get rid of carpenter ants fully is to have your home professionally treated. At Fox Pest Control we offer same day carpenter ant removal services. We will also offer a free inspection and quote. We want to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with the results. Click here for $50 off your carpenter ant treatment.

Posted on September 30, 2019.

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