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April 13, 2015
If you see piles of sawdust, you might be dealing with carpenter ants.
Carpenter ants do not consume wood like termites, instead they push the wood out of their nest as they excavate it. Finding “frass” containing wood shavings, debris and insect parts near the nesting area is an indication of a carpenter ant nest.
If you see damaged wood, you might be dealing with carpenter ants.
Carpenter ants love wood, but they especially love damp, soft, rotted wood. Inspect areas prone to moisture, like under sinks or in any areas where you have had leaks or water damage. Take a knife, to see if it can penetrate the surface of wood, it may also sound hollow too. Carpenter ant damage appears to have wide, irregular galleries that are smooth-surfaced and free of debris.
If you hear rustling noise, you might be dealing with carpenter ants.
Carpenter ants make rustling noises (similar to crinkling cellophane) when burrowing into wood to make their nests.
If you see live activity, you might be dealing with carpenter ants.
Shed wings of swarmer carpenter ants around window sills, baseboards and vents, but do not be confused with a termite swarm. Seeing carpenter ants on a daily basis is also an indication of a nest inside.
As a northeast homeowner, having ants in your home is likely to occur. Addressing carpenter ants early on is beneficial in the elimination process along with reducing the damage caused. When you contact your Saratoga ant specialist, you will receive a well deigned carpenter ant treatment aimed around your structure along with preventative tips to prevent a future carpenter ant infestation. Learn more today!