Learn More About Carpenter Ants & How We Can Help
Carpenter ants can range in size from 3/8 to 1/2 inch. Ants like most other insects are divided into different castes; workers, queens, and males. These ants can be identified by their waist with one node and their thorax with an evenly rounded upper surface, and are usually seen in the open where as termites are only seen when they swarm. If you think you have a Carpenter Ant problem, call the experts at Select Exterminating. Our trained and licensed exterminators have been treating New York and New Jersey homes and businesses for over 60 years! We offer free inspections and estimates.
What They Eat
Carpenter ants main source of food comes from proteins and sugars. They will eat dead insects as well as feed on meats, sugar, jelly, and other sweets. It is very important to note that while carpenter ants are wood destroying insects they don’t actually eat the wood instead tunnels are made to pass through for the next feeding which makes ant treatment methods difficult to an untrained professional.
A Carpenter Ant’s Habitat
Moist wood including trees, logs and firewood, both indoor and outdoor pose a risk of infestation by a carpenter ant colony. Leaking faucets as well as water leaking behind tiles can create the perfect home for these little critters. In the kitchen carpenter ants make a home behind sinks as well as the dishwasher. It is important to fix leaks when they occur to cut down on the risk of these ants making use of your home for their home.
Carpenter Ant Damage
These ants create tunnels in wood and don’t actually eat it. The tunnels they create are clean cut, free of debris, and have a sanded appearance. The longer carpenter ants go unoticed the longer they can be creating damage in your home or business.
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