Insects

New Jersey Wood Damaging Pests: Carpenter Ants


Not all ants are a pantry or kitchen problem in homes. Some ants are known for destroying wood, which can lead to a considerable amount of expensive damage. Carpenter ants are wood-destroying ants that may require a call to a NJ carpenter ant exterminator this spring.

Appearance

Carpenter ants are large ants that can be a half-inch long when they’re fully grown. They’re black in color and don’t have stingers. However, they can bite if you handle them or disturb them. Some members of these ant colonies, including queens and their mates, have wings and use them to find new nesting sites.

Diet

Carpenter ants don’t actually feed on wood like termites do. In fact, their diet doesn’t include wood at all. These ants prefer sweet or fatty foods, as well as foods that contain protein.

Damage

Carpenter ants drill holes in wood as they dig through it in order to make tunnels and nests. The holes they make tend to be smooth, and they usually appear in decaying or damp wood. Over time, this damage can leave wood in a weakened state, resulting in costly repairs and serious structural problems.

Dealing with carpenter ant infestations as soon as possible helps protect your home from damage. Contact Allison Pest Control, and we will send a NJ carpenter ant exterminator to your home in order to get rid of these pests.

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