Carpenter ants can be identified by their reddish-orange color and black front section. They range in size from 1/5 to 1/2-inch long. Since they cause damage very similar to a termite, you may need to have a professional distinguish whether you have termites or carpenter ants. And while carpenter ants may not have the same reputation as termites, they can still be very dangerous, as they too can cause serious damage to your home and the personal items in it.
Carpenter Ant Behavior
These ants act a lot like termites except they don’t actually eat wood, but rather they burrow through the wood like mini excavators to make their homes. Carpenter ants, like most ants, prefer to eat sweet foods and drinks. They also feast on other insects, dead or alive, as well as honeydew produced by other insects.
As their name indicates, they are carpenters that are drawn to damp and damaged wood products. They can do just as much damage to a home as termites, and unfortunately, they are a year-round problem in Florida. Not only that, carpenter ant colonies can be massive and extend to multiple sub colonies inside and outside of a home.
In answer to the question whether or not to be worried if you see a few carpenter ants inside your home, the answer is almost always a resounding yes.
You should be worried about a few carpenter ants because if you see a few, there are many more hiding out nearby, carrying on with their regular business of caring for the colony, reproducing, and taking care of their young. Carpenter ants can be difficult to detect unless you are looking for them, but beyond coming upon one of their galleries in your walls, you may see sawdust piles here and there around your home near wood or hollowed out wood items, including furniture and structural beams.
Worse even than detection, carpenter ants are very hard to get rid of because of their many satellite nests. So if you have an infestation and you want to get rid of them all, you will need a professional pest control service to come to your home to help you eradicate them and help you make sure they don’t come back.
How Nozzle Nolen Can End Your Carpenter Ant Problem for Good
If you live in West Palm Beach or the South Florida area, the professionals at Nozzle Nolen can help you with all of your carpenter ant problems. We’ve been in business since 1951, and have offices in five different locations with 20,000 satisfied customers. You can count on our experienced team to help you protect your home, family, and yard from pests that are a nuisance, health risk, and damaging to your home.
Call us today for more information about carpenter ant removal, our other pest control services, and our residential packages that can make your home pest-free year-round.