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Carpenter Ant Identification & Prevention

What are carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants are large ants that regularly invade homes and other structures. Although most species are black, some species are red, brown, or a combination of colors. Their presence inside your home or business is unwanted because they tunnel through structural wood and cause significant costly damage. Carpenter ants prefer water-damaged or decaying wood but may also invade sound wood.

a colony of carpenter ants inside of a home in raleigh north carolina

Are carpenter ants dangerous?

Carpenter ants are dangerous to have nesting or foraging for food in your yard or home. Those that find their way inside a building are attracted to the structural wood located around leaky pipes or in areas of high moisture (basements and bathrooms). They will excavate the interior of the wooden structure they have invaded; this compromises its structural integrity over time. The presence of carpenter ants in or around your home may be an indication of a moisture problem that needs repair.

Why do I have a carpenter ant problem?

Carpenter ants can find their way onto any property but are especially problematic on properties located near wooded areas. Yards that offer plenty of food, water, and shelter attract them, such as the following:

  • Pet food

  • Fallen trees

  • Leaf piles

  • Gardens

  • Open trash cans and compost bins

Where will I find carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants typically create their central nest outside in rotting trees, tree stumps, large tree roots, fallen trees, and old firewood piles. Indoors, they nest in pieces of water-damaged wood near windows, doors, sinks, chimneys, or along the roofline. These satellite nests allow them to expand their colony to a secluded area close to food sources.

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

If you are looking for pest control in the Charlotte area, turn to the local and experienced pest professionals at Aruza Pest Control. We offer home and business owners the benefits of comprehensive pest control, superior customer service, and the peace of mind that comes with our guaranteed services. Our eco-friendly solutions solve current pest problems and keep them from returning. For home and business owners who want to protect their property from carpenter ants, contact Aruza Pest Control today!

How can I prevent carpenter ants in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, use the following tips to prevent carpenter ants on your property:

  • Seal up holes or cracks in your foundation and around the utilities entering your house.

  • Place a stone barrier between any soil and your foundation.

  • Place door sweeps on exterior doors.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas clear of food debris.

  • Eliminate access to food by placing tight-fitting lids on outdoor trash cans or compost bins.

  • Eliminate excess moisture by keeping gutters in good working order and repairing leaky pipes and fixtures.


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