Spring Pest Control Tips 2019

Carpenter Ant Control

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Carpenter Ant Identification

Carpenter ants are large ants, ranging in size from 1/4 inch for worker ants up to 3/4 of an inch for the queen carpenter ant. Sometimes people will confuse them for termites, but carpenter ants have 3 distinct body segments. While termites have 3 segments, the head and thorax appear as one segment to the naked eye. Carpenter ants can have wings which also helps in the confusing them with termite swarmers. Carpenter ants can be black, red (almost orange) or a combination of black and red. In South Carolina we typically find the black carpenter ants.

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Carpenter Ant Damage

Carpenter Ants play a key role in our South Carolina ecosystem. In particular carpenter ants aid in the decomposition of decaying trees. Unfortunately carpenter ants don’t always stick to the woods & forests. They will sometimes infiltrate businesses, homes, and other buildings. Many times small leaks from roofs, plumbing, or high moisture in crawl spaces will create moist or rotten wood. Although chewing through moist or rotten wood is easier and faster for carpenter ants, they will chew through any wood products to get to nesting areas. They do not actually eat the wood. Carpenter ants prefer sweet sugars, like honeydew, produced by aphids. Carpenter ants are like kids, in your house they are attracted to honey, sugar, syrups, jelly, and other sweets. They only tunnel through wood to create, or get to nesting areas and food. 

Carpenter ants cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. structures every year. Although termites cause much more destruction, the threat of carpenter ant damage to South Carolina homes is very high. 

Signs of carpenter ants:

  • Piles of wood shavings. Carpenter ants do not eat the wood, but they do tunnel or burrow in it. They will also burrow through dressers, cabinets, tables or any other wooden items. 
  • Listen for carpenter ants in the walls. If you suspect carpenter ants in your walls or furniture, tap on it. This will sometimes disturb nesting carpenter ants. Press your ear to the wall, you may hear them moving about. 
  • Look for worker ants early morning or late night. Carpenter ant workers like to come out after dark. Leave the lights off and use a flashlight to search along baseboards, cabinets, and other areas you may suspect activity. 

Carpenter Ant Treatment

Walker Pest Management has been protecting the homes of South Carolinians, from carpenter ant damage, since 2001. Carpenter ants can be very difficult for homeowners to treat on their own. They can be hard to gain access to or even find. We offer Free Inspections with a quote for treatment.  You can call (866)442-7378 for immediate help or book online by live chat at the bottom of the page or send us a contact request through the form. 

We have the training, equipment, and experience to rid your home of carpenter ants affordably and efficiently. There is a reason Walker Pest Management is one of the fastest growing pest control services in South Carolina. Not only are we the best at what we do, we also provide the best customer experience you will ever see. Take a look around. Ask people about us. Read the reviews. Check us out on social media. You will see why Walker Pest Management is loved in this area.  

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