Signs of Carpenter Ants in House
What are the Signs of Carpenter Ants in a House?
Carpenter ants are among the most damaging pests a home can be infested with because they destroy the wood in which they nest. Over time, a simple ant colony will develop satellite nests that if left untreated, will result in significant structural damage to the home or business. For this reason, it’s important to be able to recognize the signs of carpenter ants in the home.
In most cases, carpenter ants nest in dry structural wood in places like wall voids, windows, foam panels, and hollow doors. While they like to live in dry wood, these ants are actually attracted to wood that has already been softened by decay, moisture, or other insects, like termites. They tend to enter a structure through attic vents, cracks in the exterior wall or foundation, or any point where the exterior of the home is compromised, such as where the electrical wires, plumbing pipes, cable, and telephone lines enter the home.
The most obvious sign of a carpenter ant infestation is the presence of ants inside the home. You will usually notice large black worker ants at certain areas in the home, usually along the ceiling or wall. But, just because you see a carpenter ant in your home doesn’t mean you have an infestation. These ants often travel far from their nests to forage for food. Usually, a positive infestation confirmation is made when you notice wood shavings below wooden items, like a windowsill, or faint rustling noises in the walls or woodwork. If you see large winged ants emerging from your ceiling, wall, or other crevice, then you more than likely have an infestation and it’s time to call a professional.
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