How to Identify Ants

Identification

Carpenter Ants are large and black. They make their homes in wood. Foraging workers have rather large mandibles with which they can bite or give a strong pinch. Workers vary greatly in size from 1/4” to 3/4.”

Detection

Carpenter Ants are active foragers, traveling great distances in search of food. Even colonies established outdoors may send worker ants inside structures to feed on a variety of items. This ant species prefers areas in homes associated with wet or damp wood such as around water leaks or behind gutters.

Impact

Carpenter Ants excavate galleries in wood, preferring wood that is moist or unsound. They do not use wood for food, but their activities can weaken a structure, though not to the extent of termites. They can also contaminate food and their presence is unsightly.

Prevention

Professional perimeter treatment with Carpenter Ant specific baits is effective in reducing Carpenter Ant infestations. However, the key to the control of Carpenter Ants is to find and professionally treat the main colony and as many satellite colonies as possible.

Prevention

As a homeowner you should:
• Correct any moisture problems
• Seal as many cracks and crevices as possible
• Remove dead stumps around your home
• Re-locate woodpiles and wood debris away from the home

Solution

A professional treatment is the best way to reduce carpenter ants in a given area. Cook’s Pest Control offers professional treatment for the reduction of carpenter ants. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your ant problems.

Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call Cook’s, the South’s reliable pest control service. We provide free ant identification and free inspections for ants with no obligation!

About Ants

  • Ants entering a home are typically looking for shelter or sugar and protein rich foods.
  • There are over 700 species of ants in the U.S. while only 25 species usually invade homes.
  • Pest ants have replaced cockroaches as the most difficult structural pests to control.