Carpenter Ant

Carpenter ants are more than just a nuisance black ant you can see in your home. Carpenter ants can cause homes in the US thousands of dollars in damages and repairs every year. They live in colonies of thousands and will reside inside rotting or water damaged wood. Carpenter ants do not eat wood but instead excavate the wood in the form of sawdust to make galleries for their nests. If seen in your home, they can become a serious invader. Carpenter ant colonies consist of a main central colony that needs a constant source of moisture to survive. A large colony will establish satellite colonies that are the primary source of ant activity in and around your home. Common places for carpenter ant nesting include porches, decks, roof eaves, in and around windowsills, and other areas vulnerable to moisture. So, allow Our Elite Team to make sure your home is protected from carpenter ant invasions that can cause permanent structural damage.

How to prevent Carpenter Ants

  • Eliminate any source of moisture or standing water. Especially in crawl spaces, attics and basements.
  • Trim tree branches away from home.
  • Fill cracks and gaps on the outside of the home.
  • Keep firewood and other building material away from home.
  • Inspect the wood on your property  for signs of carpenter ant damage, such as small openings on the surface of the wood.  

Carpenter Ant Facts:

  • Carpenter ants can live in mature colonies of more than 10,000 workers.
  • They first invade wet, decayed wood, but they may eventually work their way to dry, undamaged wood.
  • Carpenter ants do not sting, but they do bite and it can be painful.

Signs that indicate a carpenter ant nest is present:

  • Finding sawdust  
  • Consistently seeing large numbers of worker ants (20 or more).
  • Seeing large number of winged ants indoors (late winter through spring).

Finding carpenter ants in your home during late winter or early spring means the ants are coming from a nest in the building. If you see activity later in the year, it may be less clear if the nest is in the building

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Carpenter Ants vs Termites

Carpenter Ants:


  • Have a segmented typical ant body.
  • Bent or elbowed antennae.
  • Workers are brown, black or reddish in color.
  • Does not have a segmented body or defined waist.
  •  Straight, beaded antennae.
  •  Workers are transparent, light or white in color. Swarmers are black or dark brown.
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Carpenter ants and termites should both be taking seriously. If left untreated, both can cause a great amount of damage to the home. At Elite Pest and Termite Control, our technicians will perform a full inspection and customize a treatment based on your specific needs. Visit our termite page to learn more!


When dealing with your carpenter ant issues, Our Elite Team will begin by performing a thorough interior and exterior inspection of your home to identify possible carpenter ant harborage sites and areas vulnerable to moisture. Our state-licensed team will then develop a specialized plan of attack using a combination of liquid barriers and baits to get those nasty carpenter ants under control.

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