What do carpenter ants look like?

Carpenter ants:

  • have six legs
  • two antennae
  • three main body parts
  • They are mostly black, with some reddish areas.

 

Where can carpenter ants be seen?

You will typically see carpenter ants traveling together in large numbers,

  •  on invisible highways
  • in grass
  • on walkways
  •  inside your home.

 

They are not a threat to humans, but your home won’t fare so well against these foragers.

Are carpenter ants going to eat my home?

No.

Carpenter Ants don’t eat wood like termites.
But they do chew large hollow galleries through wood, to establish their colonies.
Though not as destructive as termites, carpenter ants can do quite a bit of damage to a structure, if
left unhindered.

What is most unnerving, is that these homewreckers sometimes stay under the radar for years,
slowly carving out pockets, and building satellite colonies.

How can I tell I have carpenter ants in my house?

Sight – You may see them getting into your pantry, your pet’s food dish, and your kitchen cabinets.

Sawdust trails – as they burrow into the moist or rotted wood of your house, they will push sawdust
sized pieces out. You’ll see these draining from the wall or piled on the floor.

Sound – If you set your ear against the wall, you can sometimes hear them rustling inside.

Winged Ants – Carpenter ant swarmers can usually be seen foraging for food. A sure sign of a well-
established colony usually seen when the colony is looking to establish a new colony.

If you suspect you have carpenter ants, contact Sydneys Best Pest Control immediately.
Carpenter ants rarely do extensive damage to homes, but left unchecked over a long period of time,
Carpenter Ants can literally eat you out of house and home.