carpenter ant worker on damaged wood

Florida carpenter ants two workers on wood

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.

Winged Carpenter ants are ready to fly, mate, and start new Carpenter ant colonies.

Winged Carpenter ants are ready to fly, mate, and start new Carpenter ant colonies.

Carpenter ant on wood. Photo by Thrasher Termite & Pest Control

Carpenter Ant in Natural Habitat

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  1. Lillian Schaeffer July 14, 2016 at 5:40 am - Reply

    This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that bits of sawdust can be a sign of a carpenter ant infestation. When I was cleaning my basement yesterday, I noticed a couple of small piles of sawdust, and I wasn’t sure why they were there. I’ll definitely look into having a pest control professional come and take a look to see if I have an ant infestation. Thanks for the great post!

  2. Caden Dahl April 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I like how you mentioned that seeing large ants can be evidence of an infestation. I’ve noticed ants in our shed out back, but they seem quite a bit larger than ants usually are. It sounds like they might be carpenter ants, so maybe it would be a good idea to have a pest control company come and assess the situation.

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