The Excavating Carpenter Ant

With more than 700 species of ants in the world, it’s no surprise that ants rank as one of the top nuisance pests in the United States.

One type of ant that can cause a problem in a structure is the Carpenter ant.

A Carpenter ant infestation usually starts by ants finding their way into a structure via cracks around doors and windows or through holes for wires. You may also find them traveling overhead along tree limbs or wires that touch a structure.

Contrary to popular belief, Carpenter ants do not eat wood, but instead excavate wood in order to build their nests. This excavating results in tunnels being built inside the wood. Usually the initial wood chosen is wet, and or damaged by mold, but the ants will continue to branch out and build smooth tunnels throughout any wood, damaged or undamaged, throughout a structure.

Carpenter ants are large, from one-quarter inch to up to three-quarters inch for a queen. They are usually red to black in color.

The Carpenter ant requires a water source, so to prevent an infestation, eliminate sources of moisture or standing water. Keep tree branches shrubbery cut back and away from the structure. Firewood should also be stored away from the structure. Lastly, check and seal up any cracks or entry points to keep Carpenter ants from creating a problem and future damage to your home or business.

If you think you may have a Carpenter ant problem, it’s best to call a professional for assistance.

We treat many species of ants, including the Carpenter ant. For a free estimate and knowledgeable answers, please call us at 262-679-4422 or toll free at 800-956-0800. You can also email us at or visit us on the web at .


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