How the Carpenter Ant Got Its Name
Carpenter ants are considered the mostly cost pest for homeowners, second only to the notorious termite. Both creatures tunnel through wood as their primary occupation. In the case of carpenter ants, they dig their homes out of wood. And, like termites, they can easily burrow inside walls of your house, weakening and eventually destroying walls, floors, and ceilings.
The carpenter ant is not to be taken lightly. They are very similar to termites in the nature, and the extent of property damage they will cause is just as real. In addition, they can be hard to detect, even though colonies can grow up to 10,000 worker ants.
Like burglar prevention, the best way to keep these marauders away is to make the house unappealing to them. These ants prefer damp wood, so remove any tree stumps or wood that is decaying, especially from near the home’s foundation.
Prevention techniques are similar to those used for dissuading termites: deal with any water that is leaking, any moist spots, and regularly be certain that cracks on the outside of the home are filled in. Crawl spaces and attics are particularly vulnerable, so patrol these areas at least once per season.
Since the only evidence carpenter ants leave are small piles of sawdust, they can be an elusive creature to identify. If you suspect an infestation, immediately contact a pest control professional for proper diagnosis.