Carpenter ants are easy to identify – they’re black in color and they’re pretty big, typically between half to three-quarters of an inch long, although females can be bigger. Carpenter ants are often referred to as the “termites of the northwest”, but they don’t actually eat wood the way termites do. However, they do burrow through damp, rotting wood, constructing intricate galleries within the hollowed-out wood in order to build their nests. Carpenter ants are very common in Oregon gardens, making their homes in places like dead tree stumps, old wood piles, and even within rotting fences.
When a carpenter ant colony first establishes itself in your garden, it begins by building a primary nesting site outdoors. You might notice lines of these big black ants scurrying back and forth in your garden, but for the first several years after the initial colony establishment, carpenter ants remain outdoors at their primary nesting site. However, when the colony matures after a few years, it will send out worker ants carrying new pupae and mature larvae to create secondary nesting sites, usually in places that are relatively drier than the primary nesting site. Unfortunately, this often means that the carpenter ants that once lived exclusively in your garden are now burrowing their way inside your home.
Carpenter ants build their secondary colonies in warmer, drier areas compared to their primary site, but they still prefer damp, moisture-ridden wood. So if you start to see carpenter ants inside your home, it’s a pretty good sign that you have some moisture damage in the structure of your house. Before you know it, these ants can create massive colonies inside your walls, causing even more damage to the structural integrity of your home. At this point, you’ll probably need organic carpenter ant pest control measures to prevent further destruction.
As a seasoned organic ant exterminator, I’ve observed that carpenter ants are clean and industrious creatures. When constructing galleries, they remove the debris they generate and deposit this as little piles of powdered sawdust just outside the entrance points to their nesting site. These entrance points will often appear as little holes, barely even noticeable, often beneath window sills and along the edges of your floor just below the baseboards.
Secondary nesting sites are created when the original colony has matured and new offshoot colonies need to be formed. The larvae and pupae carried into the secondary sites develop into winged ants, which then leave the nest to form new colonies. Many homeowners with carpenter ant infestations have reported hearing rustling sounds inside their walls, which is actually the sound of the ants’ beating wings as they get ready to emerge from their nest.
Carpenter ants, like most ant species in Oregon, need water and simple sugars to survive. When they live outdoors, they eat insects and can even turn to the fresh fruit in your garden as a food source. When they live inside your house, they scavenge in your home for similar food sources, so it wouldn’t be unusual to find them making their way onto your kitchen counters or into your pantry. Only organic carpenter ant pest control treatments can prevent a full-blown ant infestation in your home.
Carpenter ants can pose a serious problem to your home’s structural integrity and unlike sugar ants, their bites are very painful and can cause burning and swelling. Carpenter ants also secrete formic acid into the wound when they bite you – while this does not usually cause serious health problems, it can cause complications in young children and people with insect allergies.
There are a number of ways you can deal with carpenter ants in the house, but it’s always better to choose organic pest control methods over commercial, chemical-based sprays and treatments. Organic carpenter ant control treatments have a lot of significant benefits, including:
If you see even a few carpenter ants in your house, it’s a fair bet that you have an established colony inside your walls. Unfortunately, once you reach this point, you have a settled infestation on your hands and the best way to get rid of it is to get the help of a professional organic ant exterminator. There are a few ways of dealing with an intransigent carpenter ant problem, but the most effective methods include
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