Carpenter ants are one of the more common ants found in Texas and they are a pest because they damage your home in a similar way that termites do. A difference between carpenter ants and termites is that termites actually eat the wood whereas carpenter ants only chew holes in wood to make galleries where they set up colonies. However different the two are the damage is pretty much the same for homeowners and commercial properties. Both carpenter ants and termites are found under your house in the foundation timbers and carpenter ants can be found in walls and even in hallowed door spaces.
Like termite infestations the damage caused by carpenter ants can go unnoticed until extensive damage is done to the home.
Signs of Carpenter Ant Infestation
How do you know if your home is infested with carpenter ants? One key sign is that you find small pieces of sawdust around the foundation of your home, around window, and sometimes around doors.
Like termites, carpenter ants also dispersed which means that for a short while in the springtime they have wings. Another sign that you may have termites or carpenter ants is that you find small wings on window seals, around holes in the foundation, or around doorways.
It’s a carpenter ant colony is large enough and living in your house – in the walls or in the doors – it is possible that you can hear them. In large groups they make a small rustling noise which is sometimes audible through walls or inside hollow doors.
Damage from Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants chew wood to make galleries in which they live. They can have a parental colony and satellite colonies. For this reason one group of ants might be contributing a lot of damage to a home. In Foundation Timbers carpenter ants can cause weakness within the structure which can lead to unstable walls, weak spots in floors, and foundation problems.
Learn more about controlling carpenter ants and the difference between termite and carpenter ant infestations by reaching out to our team of professionals. We provide comprehensive pest control services throughout the Bryan and College Station area.