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Carpenter Ants

What are carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants are one of the biggest species of ants that are found living in the United States. Workers are about ¼ of an inch in length and queens can grow up to ¾ of an inch in length. They are black, red or black and red in color and have an oval, segmented body. Carpenter ants get their name because they create tunnels and galleries in moist, decaying, or hollowed wood.

How are carpenter ants different from termites?

Many people confuse carpenter ants and termites. However, one major difference between the two is their size; termites are much smaller in size than carpenter ants. Another major difference is that while they both tunnel through wood, termites actually eat the wood, and carpenter ants DO NOT. Carpenter ants keep their nesting sites and tunnels very smooth, neat and tidy, while termite’s tunnels and galleries are lined with mud and are a bit on the messier side. You also have a better chance of seeing carpenter ants out and about as they forage for food in your home where the termite would likely not be spotted due to its elusive nature and the fact that its food source is wood and not human food.

Are carpenter ants dangerous?

Carpenter ants are not a danger to humans, but they are very dangerous to building structures. Carpenter ants that infiltrate the wood of a home or business can greatly weaken its entire structure. Having carpenter ants is also an indication that wood within your property has had previous water damage and needs to be repaired.

How do I get rid of carpenter ants in the house?

Getting rid of carpenter ants from your property can be a difficult task and is one that should be left to professionals. Professional pest control experts have the knowledge, expertise and technology needed to safely and effectively rid your property of carpenter ants. At Allgood Pest Solutions, we can treat and control carpenter ants year-round with our Allgood Advantage Bundle. For more information about how we can help control carpenter ants on your property, contact us today!