Not all ants are the same
The chief concern with Carpenter Ants is the structural damage they can cause.
Carpenter ants are among the largest ants, from 1/4- to 3/8-inch long. The most common species is black, but some have reddish or yellowish coloration. Workers have large mandibles. They live both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. They cut “galleries” into the wood grain to provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest and may leave behind sawdust that provides clues to their nesting location.
Carpenter ants do not eat wood, but will feed on nearly anything people eat—particularly sweets and meats. They also will feed on other insects.
In nature, carpenter ants live in dead trees, rotting logs and tree stumps. They tend to build nests in deteriorating wood. In urban surroundings, carpenter ants will make their homes in telephone poles, house porch pillars and roofs, windowsills and wood that comes in contact with soil. Carpenter ants prefer to burrow into damp wood rather than dry wood.
Carpenter ants burrow to provide a nest for their colonies, and over a long period of time, their burrowing may compromise a structure. In controlling an infestation of carpenter ants, we’ll advise you on correcting the moisture conditions that likely attracted the ants. Eliminating these pests calls for individualized treatment using one of several possible sprays or baits, depending on the situation.
Odorous House Ants
These are small, brown ants. When crushed, they give off an odor described as cheesy or like rotten coconut. They especially love sweets and will nest near warmth and water if they can. They typically infest bathrooms and kitchens. During the inspection, our technicians will usually be able to locate an ant trail leading up the foundation. We use a two-pronged approach; baiting the nest outside so the workers will take the insecticide home to the queen, and spraying indoors.
Did you know?
You can spray the ants you see in your home, but there are many more nesting … somewhere … and having a handful of dead ants isn’t going to solve your problem. Call our expert technicians, who can identify the type of ant and come up with a plan to eradicate the entire nest depending on the specific nesting and feeding behaviors of the species infesting your home or other building.
While male ants may live only a few weeks, queens, who can lay thousands of eggs each day, may live as long as 30 years.