What Fort Bragg Homeowners Ought To Know About Carpenter Ants

June 19, 2020

Ants are one of the most common types of pests that Fort Bragg homeowners have to deal with, and they can be rather annoying. Ants can seem to take over a house and get everywhere. While most ants are mainly a problem because they get into kitchens and contaminate food, there is one species that is even more of an issue.

carpenter ants crawling ona  plant in a garden

While most species of ants don’t pose a risk to property, the carpenter ant can do a lot of property damage. This pest is also a problem because it can be common anytime of the year, not just during the warmer months. Carpenter ants burrow into wooden structures to build galleries and tunnels to establish their nests. They also eat on things that are sweet such as fruit and other human food. This means they can contaminate food and destroy your home.

Because carpenter ants are so destructive, it’s important to know what they look like. Since they can appear similar to other ant species, knowing the differences can help you stop carpenter ants before they cause too much damage in your home.

Here is what carpenter ants look like:

  • They are usually black, yellow, or dark brown.

  • They have a rounded thorax.

  • They have a single node that connects their abdomen and thorax. 

  • They have heart-shaped heads with appendages coming out from their mouths.

How Much Of A Problem Are Carpenter Ants?

When you think of pests that can do property damage, especially to wood, you most likely think of termites. Termites are extremely destructive pests and they can do damage to wooden structures faster than carpenter ants. However, carpenter ants can also compromise the structures in your home, over time.

The other issue with carpenter ants, as opposed to termites, is that they can contaminate food. You could end up having to spend a lot of money on repairs on your home as well as to replace contaminated food if you have a carpenter ant infestation. Carpenter ants are especially attracted to sweet food like fruits, syrups, jellies, and even pet food.

Signs Of A Carpenter Ant Infestations

When it comes to knowing if you have a carpenter ant infestation, there are some signs that you can look for. While many of these signs are similar to those of a termite infestation, you’re more likely to see an ant than a termite. This means it can be a bit easier to identify a carpenter ant problem quickly.

Here are some signs of an infestation:

  • Piles of wood shavings that look like sawdust.

  • The sound of rustling noises inside the walls or doors.

  • Ants crawling out of walls or seeing dead ants.

  • Hollow-sounding wood in the walls or the floors.

  • Buckling floorboards

If you haven’t noticed any signs of an infestation, this means you still have time to take prevention steps to keep carpenter ants out. Here are some prevention tips:

  • Remove decaying wood off of your property.

  • Keep firewood at least 30 feet away from your home.

  • Reduce moisture in your home by fixing leaky pipes and faucets.

Getting Rid Of An Infestation

Carpenter ants are hard to get rid of, so trying to deal with the problem on your own is often unsuccessful. If you’ve noticed signs of carpenter ants, the best way to get rid of them is to seek help from the pest control professionals at Mendo Lake Termite Control. We can get rid of carpenter ant infestations safely and effectively. With over 35 years of pest control experience in the Mendocino California coast, we can help with carpenter ant and other pest infestations. 

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