Do They Cause Damage?
Carpenter Ants do not consume wood for food but will forage in kitchens, pantries, eat other insects and even feed on dead animals. Carpenter Ants get their name from their capability to hollow out wood to nest in it.
Do I Have An Infestation?
You may find live ants foraging for food inside or may see them trailing up the wall outside as they travel to and from the nest. In structures, they are almost always associated with some type of moisture condition such as a leaking roof, window, flashing, pipe, shower or bath tub, water damaged or rotting trim, fascia, soffits, porch columns, garage door frames, etc. As they hollow out wood to build a nest they kick out the removed wood along with parts of dead ants and other insects. This material is called frass and can sometimes be found below where the ants are working.
What Can Masters Touch Do?
Control begins with a complete inspection to determine where the nest may be located. It could be in the structure, or in a tree, woodpile or outbuilding as well. Carpenter ants can also have a primary nest with several associated ‘satellite’ nests. Once nests and foraging routes are determined, specialized, non-repellant insecticides can be applied. These products are carried back to, and spread throughout the nest as the ants return.
How Can You Help?
As indicated above, moisture is critical! Repairing leaks, rotting wood trim, soffits etc. will go a long way to making your home less attractive to Carpenter Ants. Also moving woodpiles as far away as practical and maintaining the nearby trees can reduce the number of ants around your home
Away from the structure their nests can be found in trees, stumps, woodpiles, landscape ties and sheds. Carpenter Ants can forage up to 200’ from a nest in search of food. They can often be seen trailing up the walls of the building and even coming across power lines. Peak activity usually occurs between 10 pm and midnight.