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COMMON SIGNS OF CARPENTER ANTS INFESTATION



More often the carpenter ant does its damage without anyone noticing. That's because the "evidence" is often hidden in places such as: behind insulation in basements where there may be dampness from improper flashing of stairs or decks; around or in back of dishwashers that may be harboring moisture and behind siding that is hidden or covered by shrubs that are too close to the home.

Common Signs of Carpenter Ant Infestations

Ant Sightings





 Keep an eye out for ants in your house. While one ant here and there may be common, you should become concerned if you see 20 or more ants. The ants will most commonly be found congregating near a food supply or carrying food back to the colony. Ants mainly forage at night.



Time of Year
Frass or Sawdust


Small windows or Damaged Wood


Wood damaged by carpenter ants contains galleries that are very clean and smooth. The wood will have many small, rectangular “window” holes in it, with tunnels that run through the deeper parts of the wood. These windows are actually "garbage chutes" which are used to dispose of frass or unwanted materials.



Water Supply or Moisture problem





Swarmers
 The winged reproductive’s that take flight in the spring.  Look for them trapped in spider webs, on window ledges or in light fixtures.



Worker carpenter ants
These are active mostly at night, so you may not see any activity during normal working hours.  Even if you do, it does not mean that the nest is nearby.  Worker ants can travel up to the length of a football field booking food.


Clicking or rustling sounds 

Clicking or rustling sounds can sometimes be heard coming from carpenter ant nests.  If you identify a potential nest site, try tapping against it with a screwdriver.  You may hear a response -- the clicking of alarmed ants.  The use of a stethoscope makes listening easy.

Below are measures you can take to prevent Carpenter Ant infestation:



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