Question: Can carpenter ants bite?
Answer: They can pinch your skin with their strong mandibles.
Question: Do carpenter ants eat wood like termites?
Answer: No. Carpenter ants tear apart the wood but don’t ingest it like termites. They mine out the wood to make galleries in which they live.
Question: Do carpenter ants do as much damage as termites?
Answer: No, but under certain conditions where there are leaks in the structure, carpenter ants can mine out vast areas and can do thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Question: Do carpenter ants have wings?
Answer: Yes, the reproductive ants have wings and they swarm during the mating season. This may occur in late spring or late summer depending on weather conditions.
Question: Do carpenter ants look like termites?
Answer: No. (See comparison.) The reproductive carpenter ants don’t lose their wings easily (they might chew them off) where as termites lose their wings easily. If you find a pile of wings this usually indicates there was a termite swarm, and the structure may be infested by termites. Carpenter ants also have a pinched waistline and termites don’t.
Question: Do carpenter ants come in different sizes?
Answer: Yes, depending on the size of the colony (a mature colony can have 3 – 4 thousand ants.) The larger the colony the larger the ants.
Question: How do I know if I have a problem with carpenter ants?
Answer: One sure way is by seeing them in your home. You may see 1 or 50 at a time. Or you may see “frass” piles of small wood shavings by windows in the basement, on sill plates, or in the garage by the door jamb, etc. This frass is an indication that carpenter ants are “mining” through the wood to make harborage for themselves. To be absolutely sure, you should get in touch with a pest control professional for a free inspection. If you live in the New York Metropolitan area including Long Island, give us a call and we will be glad to help.
Question: Where will they make nests in my home?
Answer: Once carpenter ants enter your home, they will look for moisture and will usually establish a nest in water-damaged wood (although the satellite nests can live in hot, dry attics.) Examples of possible infestation sites include:
- wood in contact with soil (porch supports, siding, stairs, etc.)
- wood affected by water seepage near plugged drains, gutters, window frames, leaking doors, etc.
- wood in areas of improper ventilation such as cellars, crawl spaces, attics, etc.
- void areas near a moisture source (hollow doors, under bathtubs, etc.)
Question: Does Arrow offer programs to treat carpenter ants?
Answer: Absolutely! Arrow is a full-service pest control company. Simply give us a call or fill out our online form to request a consultation today.
Question: How does Arrow treat carpenter ants?
Answer: Our fully trained representatives will make a thorough inspection of your home, including crawl spaces, attic, basement, porches and even the area immediately surrounding your house. If they find carpenter ants, they will outline specific treatment procedures based on existing evidence, moisture conditions, proximity of possible entry points, etc. Treatment recommendations will include drilling tiny holes in wall voids in moisture prone areas and forcing insecticide dust into these wall voids. This is done to effectively surround the ants and eliminate the nest. When complete, all drilled areas are neatly sealed by our trained technicians. Treatment may vary according to the type and size of home and the extent of the infestation. In some cases, treatment might include power dusting and/or chemical misting of insecticide.