Carpenter Ant Identification & Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions About Carpenter Ants

What are carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants are large and black or reddish brown. They make their homes in wood. Foraging workers have rather large mandibles with which they can bite or give a strong pinch. Workers vary greatly in size from ¼-inch to ¾-inch in length. 

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Are carpenter ants dangerous?

Carpenter ants excavate galleries in wood, preferring wood that is moist or unsound. Though not as destructive as termites, carpenter ants can damage the structure of wood with their activities. They can also contaminate food, and their presence is unsightly.

How do I know if I have a carpenter ant problem?

Carpenter ants are active foragers, traveling great distances in search of food or harborage. Even colonies established outdoors may send worker ants inside structures to feed on a variety of items. This ant species prefers areas in homes associated with wet or damp wood, such as around water leaks or behind gutters. These ants do not eat wood — they simply chew it up and spit it out. This is why a great deal of consumers finds “saw dust” particles close to the infested site.

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

A professional pest control treatment is the best way to reduce carpenter ants in a given area. High Country Pest Control offers a professional treatment for the reduction of carpenter ants. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your ant problems. Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call High Country Pest Control for reliable home and commercial pest control service and a free phone quote today!

How can I prevent carpenter ants in the future?

Professional perimeter/interior treatments with residual materials and carpenter ant-specific baits are effective in reducing carpenter ant infestations. However, the key to the control of carpenter ants is to professionally treat the main colony and as many satellite colonies as possible. As a homeowner you should: 

  • Correct any moisture problems.

  • Seal as many cracks and crevices as possible.

  • Remove dead stumps around your home.

  • Re-locate woodpiles and wood debris away from the home.

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