Signs of Carpenter Ants in the House

Carpenter Ant Infestation Signs

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Carpenter ants are generally black in colour but some are reddish/maroon or a combination of these colours all together. Some worker ants have wings and are often confused with termites. Winged carpenter ants have to pairs of wings where the rear ones are smaller than the front pair. Termites, on the other hand, have equal-size wings. Another distinguishing factor is carpenter ants have a slender waist and bent antennae while the termite has a broad waist and straight antennae. Want to get rid of carpenter ants fast? Contact the skilled technicians at Carpenter Ant Control Toronto to rid your home of ants in no time!

In any case, you need to exterminate the insects before they threaten the structural integrity of your home. Here are some clues to determine that you’re dealing with a carpenter ant problem:

Noises in the Walls

If you suspect you have carpenter ants in the wall, simply knock on the wall and you should hear faint rustling inside. This rustling noise, not unlike that of cellophane, is common when the ants are burrowing through the wood or moving around in the wall.

Sawdust and/or Wood Shavings

This sawdust-like material is known as frass which the ants kick out as they burrow through the wood. You are most likely to spot small piles of frass in dark areas, corners and crawl spaces. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants don’t eat wood because it has no nutritional value to them. The ants simply burrow through the wood to create nests deep inside the structure.

Wood Damage

One of the initial signs of a severe infestation is small, rectangular holes in wood. This indicates that the ants are chewing through the wood and the tunnel can go deep inside the structure.

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

Most people who attempt to do it themselves carpenter ant extermination in the Greater Toronto Area  eventually have to abandon all their efforts and have to call in a professional carpenter ant exterminator because the infestation has become worse.

This happens because carpenter ants create satellite colonies when they feel threatened. A single nest can contain multiple queens. If the nest is destroyed or disturbed, the queens go in various directions, taking with them workers and eggs to form separate colonies. The infestation spreads even wider as the individual colonies thrive. Do not spray the nest.

During the coronavirus pandemic, The Exterminators have taken extra measures to ensure your safety and comfort during these unprecedented times we all are facing today around the globe. As we all practice social-distancing on a large scale we at our company are dedicated to facilitating your needs and worries. That is why we have taken it upon us to wear protective gear upon request to make you feel more at ease while doing our job. In addition, we utilize non-toxic treatments to eliminate the ant population from your home entirely.

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Joe is a professional pest control exterminator with over 15 years of experience and enjoys sharing his knowledge about different pests and how you can deal with them.