Are Carpenter Ants In My Naples Home Bad?

4/20/2022

Carpenter ants in Naples are only as bad as we allow them to be. The more you know about these ants, the less of a threat they can present to your property. Today, we're going to equip you with some important facts to help you do just that. Let's take a look at how to identify carpenter ants, how to detect an infestation when you don't see carpenter ants, and what to do about carpenter ants in Naples when they start to be a problem. As always, if you need immediate assistance with Naples pest control, you can hop over to our contact page and reach out to us. With that having been said, let's get into today's topic. 

a carpenter ant on a table

What Do Carpenter Ants Look Like?

The first step in any pest management plan is to properly identify the pest you're dealing with. This is an essential piece of information that guides the selection of pest products and the choice of pest control methods. For homeowners, knowing what a carpenter ant looks like can also give an early warning and prevent extensive damage. That's why we're starting with how to identify carpenter ants.

Carpenter ants are big ants. Workers range in size from ½ to ⅝ of an inch, depending on the species. They may be entirely black or dark red and black. The worst carpenter ants are the black ones. If you find black carpenter ants in your home, you should not let them go untreated. Sometimes carpenter ants can have wings. The winged ants are reproductive carpenter ants that are sometimes called swarmers because they gather in a swarm. If you see carpenter ants swarmers on your property, it doesn't necessarily mean you have carpenter ants damaging your home. It is possible for these ants to live in your yard and not find any opportunity or reason to get inside.

How Do I Know If I Have An Infestation?

It is easy to tell that you have a carpenter ant problem when you see carpenter ant workers crawling around, or you find dozens of carpenter ants swarmers on your property, but what do you do when you don't see carpenter ants? This happens quite a bit with these ants. Just because you don't see them, doesn't mean you don't have an infestation. These are nocturnal ants that can sometimes be sneaky. That is why it is essential to know how to look for signs of carpenter ants.

  • Look for carpenter ant frass in your home. This material may be leaking out of a crack or piled on a floor. Frass has sawdust in it, and we don't have to tell you that your home doesn't produce sawdust on its own.

  • Carpenter ants can cause damage that is visible. If you see changes to the wood of your home, you might have carpenter ants in your house.  

  • If you suspect that carpenter ants are tunneling in a wood timber, you can tap the wood and listen to see if it sounds hollow.

  • Carpenter ants make noise as they gnaw on wood. You might hear this "chewing" sound.

What Should I Do About Carpenter Ants?

If you see carpenter ant frass in your home, notice that wood is being damaged, or detect carpenter ants in your house by some other means, the best solution is really to have a licensed pest professional take a look. Life has enough surprises. If you have carpenter ants, particularly black carpenter ants, in your home, they can cost you a pretty penny.  

How Can I Keep Carpenter Ants Out Of My Home?

Whether you've detected carpenter ants, or you hope to never have carpenter ants, the team here at Keller's Pest Control can help. We offer industry-leading pest control solutions, and our licensed pest professionals know what is needed to get control of carpenter ants in Naples. Reach out to us here at Keller's Pest Control today. We're standing by to help. 

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