Carpenter ants are sometimes confused with termites because of the amount of wood damage they cause. Carpenter ants feed on sources of protein and sugar. Outdoors, carpenter ants feed on living and dead insects. They are also very attracted to honeydew, a sweet liquid produced by aphids and scale insects. Indoors, carpenter ants feed on meats, as well as syrup, honey, sugar, jelly, and other sweets. Carpenter ants DO NOT eat wood. They remove wood as they create galleries and tunnels to live in and are very destructive.
Signs of Carpenter Ants
1. Small bits of sawdust where there should be none. Carpenter ants leave fine sawdust behind as they excavate nesting sites in the wood of your home.
2. Large ants entering and exiting through wood holes. Since Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they must exit to forage for food.
Carpenter ants are one of the largest ants in California. While there are three common types of Carpenter ants, there is really only one thing a property owner needs to know: it takes a pest control professional to get rid of these hardy ants. Call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control if you suspect carpenter ants have infested your home or garage.
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