Carpenter ants are one of the largest ant species found in the United States. While they are not known to spread disease, carpenter ants can become a major threat to your business through the destruction they cause.
Often confused with termites, carpenter ants do not consume wood, but they do make tunnels through it to build their nests. They can be extremely hard to locate and require professional control methods, as they can quickly damage wood elements and foam insulation in your commercial property.
Carpenter ants vary in color but are generally black or dark-bodied and about 12.7 mm in length. Although they’re generally larger than other ants, size can’t always be used as an identifying feature with carpenter ants because they can come in a variety of sizes. Winged carpenter ants (also known as ‘swarmers’) are sometimes mistaken for termites.
There are five classes of ants within a colony each with different job classifications:
Carpenter ants can be found in any commercial business that has an interior or exterior made of wood. Identifying the signs of carpenter ants is crucial to successfully eradicating these wood-destroying pests from your property. Carpenter ants require specific ant solutions that differ from other ant species.
There are a number of signs that may indicate a carpenter ant problem on your property including:
Winged carpenter ants (swarmers) - These emerge around baseboards, window casings or vents, usually in spring or summer. If you see more than 20, it may indicate the presence of a large colony.
Noise - If you hear a crunching sound, it could be the sound of rustling from their nests in the wood of your business. Nests are usually built in wood structures and can also be found in wall or ceiling voids.
Sawdust - As nests become established in wood, carpenter ants often leave behind a trail of sawdust, which usually leads back to the nest.
Damaged wood - Carpenter ants tunnel through wood to create their nests, creating ‘galleries’ in wood, which have a clean, smooth and sandpapered appearance.
Are you worried about carpenter ants invading your business? Carpenter ants often make their way inside in an attempt to find food, and they are particularly attracted to sweet substances. There are a number of steps that you can take to prevent them from entering your property. Most have to do with eliminating the conditions that are attractive to these ants.
The most effective way to get rid of carpenter ants is to find the nest and destroy it. Common places to find carpenter ant nests include hollow doors, window sills, attic areas, and wall voids. However, it can sometimes be difficult to find the nest for a number of reasons:
Rentokil recommends the methods below to remove carpenter ants depending on the specific nature of your infestation.
Dust material application
In many situations, a dust material will be used to find and eliminate nests of carpenter ants in the interior of a property. A pesticidal dust bulb and extension can reach into void areas and when properly applied, the dust will float and thoroughly cover the hidden areas where carpenter ants can hide within a structure.
Dust material treatments will be applied from the inside and will be followed up by a treatment from the outside. The two-fold approach helps to ensure that no hidden areas where nests may exist are overlooked.
A treatment using non-repellent materials will be applied to the perimeter, focusing in on trails of carpenter ants that have been identified and problem areas where trails can potentially appear. The treatment can extend from the ground to any parts of the building’s exterior that the insects could use to enter the property.
The Technician will also apply the treatment to any cracks in the property’s foundation, which carpenter ants and many other insects frequently use to enter residences.
Carpenter ant nest treatments
Nest and barrier treatments are another component of Rentokil’s carpenter ant control solutions. It is crucial that all nests are detected and treated in order to rid the property of all ongoing carpenter ant infestations. It can often be very difficult to spot carpenter ant nests without a trained eye and the right equipment. That’s why it is crucial to contact pest control professionals when your property faces a carpenter ant problem.
Contact an expert
Rentokil knows how to get rid of ants from your property.