San Antonio's Carpenter Ant Handbook

If you see large ants in your home, you may have carpenter ants. They usually appear one at a time, randomly, on the inside of homes, and usually at night. It is important to take note when you see a carpenter ant because that little ant is a warning sign that your home could have thousands of these wood-damaging pests. Today, we're giving you what you need to know about Texas carpenter ants.

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What Do Carpenter Ants Look Like?

In Texas, we have a few different species of carpenter ant. The one to be concerned about most is Camponotus pennsylvanicus, also known as the black carpenter ant. Other species tend to create nests in voids and may not do harm to sound timbers in your home. The black carpenter ant attacks soft rotting wood first, but moves on to sound timbers as they grow their nests and make new nests inside your home. Black carpenter ants are fairly easy to identify. A worker of this species is around ⅝ of an inch long and has a single node between the thorax and the abdomen. That is a little bead at its waist. It is also entirely black. It is important, however, to take action if you see carpenter ants that are a mix of red and black. They can still cause you trouble.

Do Carpenter Ants Get Into Food?

Some consider this ant to be a double threat because it can damage the wood of a home and also get into kitchen and pantry foods. While this is certainly true, it is important to understand that carpenter ants can probably acquire food more easily on the outside of your home. There is an abundance of food options outside. But they will get into your food if they can. This can be a problem.

Do Carpenter Ants Spread Diseases?

These ants do not have a propensity for spreading harmful bacteria, like Pharaoh ants and some other ant species. But under the right circumstances, they can. If they find a food source in your garbage and then crawl around on a piece of fruit sitting on a counter nearby, that fruit can be contaminated.

How Hard Is It To Detect Carpenter Ants?

It is far easier to detect carpenter ants than it is to detect termites, but it can still be difficult. There are a few reasons you might have thousands of carpenter ants in your home and not know it.

  • They are nocturnal insects, so they may not come out where you can see them during the day.
  • They prefer darkness, so they'll hide in your wall voids, basement, crawl space, and other dark hidden places.
  • They'll spend most of their time eating outside, so you're not likely to see them dining in. If they do, it will probably be at night while you're sleeping.
  • While they produce frass (a combination of wood shavings and excrement), this frass is often pushed out into dark voids where you can't see it.
  • While they produce winged ants for the purpose of creating new nests, swarms don't last for more than 30 minutes.

Mistakes Homeowners Make With Carpenter Ants

  • Not taking note of the one, random ant they see inside their home.
  • Sucking up flying ants with a vacuum and considering the matter closed.
  • Cleaning up frass as though it is dust.
  • Not taking carpenter ants seriously.

How Do I Protect My San Antonio Home From Carpenter Ants?

Like any wood-infesting pest, carpenter ants can be difficult to control. If you've noticed frass, flying ants, or the occasional scout ant inside your home, the best solution is to contact Family Pest Control. Our team of educated pest professionals are trained to track down and eliminate a wide range of pests, including carpenter ants. While carpenter ants don't pose a threat to your home like subterranean termites do, it is still important to make sure they're not allowed to slowly cause damage, over time.

If you've been thinking about investing in ongoing, always active pest control for your property, let those carpenter ants be your inspiration. When you have a quality residential pest control program, you get protection from a wide range of pests that can harm your home, damage your belongings, sting and bite you, and spread diseases to you and your family. We protect your home and your family like its our own. Reach out to us. We're


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