Carpenter Ants have a “heart shaped” head and are larger than other ants. The major difference from other ants is that they prefer to build their nests within decaying, moist wood creating tunnels. Carpenter ant damage is sometimes confused with termite damage, which also damages wood. An easy way to distinguish between the two is, carpenter ants hollow out the wood, leaving behind small piles of sawdust versus termites, who actually eat the wood. An interesting fact about the worker ants are that they come in different sizes. Ants belong to the hymenoptera family and include wasps, bees, and sawflies. Ant colonies can range in size from a few dozen to millions.
HOW WE GET RID OF CARPENTER ANTS?
A carpenter ant colony can be hard to find, tapping the wood surface and listening for a hollow sound may indicate their presence. Under certain conditions, baiting can be very successful. Sweet baits seem to be more appealing to ants as they seem to have a sweet tooth. If they are in a feeding cycle, baiting will work. The feeding workers take the toxin back to the nest and share it with the others, successfully taking out the entire colony.
MOST COMMON DISEASES SPREAD BY CARPENTER ANTS:
The good news is that carpenter ants rarely bit, but in the unfortunate event to get bitten, it is similar to a bee sting as carpenter ants have large jaws that can bite through wood. The bite can sting and can cause very serious symptoms and illness associated with allergic reactions and hypersensitivity to ant venom. Perhaps the most recognized reactions are seen when fire ants sting a person, particularly children, who are hypersensitive to the ant’s venom. This may result in serious, maybe even life-threatening conditions. These stings generally create lesions and may also involve intense pain, swelling, itching and potential of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction that causes shock. Secondary infections to ant bites and stings can occur if the bites and stings are not kept clean and properly disinfected.
- Eliminate water and food sources
- Seal cracks and crevices
- Clean up spills and messes immediately
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WHY ADDRESS THE PROBLEM:
In many states carpenter ants are listed among the wood destroying insects. Depending on the size of the colony, carpenter ants can cause substantial damage to structures. The longer the problem is left untreated, the more costly it can become.