Carpenter ants are larger than regular ants, dark black, and measure about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch. Some have wings, and others don’t. If you think that you have a carpenter ant infestation, don’t wait because they can cause significant damage to your home. What are the signs to look for, and how can a carpenter ant infestation be handled?
Signs of a Carpenter Ant Infestation
Here are the signs of a carpenter ant infestation:
- Seeing a few carpenter ants inside or outside your home
- Small tunnels with piles of sawdust or wood shavings
- Flying ants on window panes and elsewhere
- Warped wooden framing, bulging walls, stuck windows and doors, and sloping floors
What Attracts Carpenter Ants?
A carpenter ant infestation can start in and around dry wood, but these insects prefer moist wood, which may be found around:
- Poorly sealed windows
- Around leaky bathtubs and sinks
- Poorly flashed chimneys
- Rotting tree stumps
How Much Damage Do I Have?
This all depends on the number of nests that are on your property, and a thorough inspection will provide your answer. Carpenter ants can cause significant damage when there are large, active colonies, but in most cases, termites are more destructive. However, taking action at the first signs of a carpenter ant infestation is important.
You don’t have to panic if these insects are invading your property. At True Blue Termite and Pest Control, we offer free inspections, effective treatments, and service packages. Call us today to set up an appointment.