ants are large (10 mm or more) black or brown ants often found
in wooded areas. However, they are known to enter homes also,
especially in the spring. These ants are most often seen one at
a time, and they are by far the largest ants seen on the property.
In the spring, you may find large numbers of flying ants. These
are the reproductive members of the colony. They indicate the
presence of a mature colony nearby, and this is cause for concern.
This colony must be found and destroyed immediately because carpenter
ants are capable of doing severe structural damage if left untreated.
The good news is that can do your own carpenter ant control at
a fraction of the cost of professional treatment to take care
of this dangerous and costly pest!
- Trim all trees
and bushes so no branches touch or come close to any part of
the house. This is helpful to distance their habitat from your
- Correct any moisture
problem such as leaking roofs, chimneys or plumbing. Clean out
your gutters. Make certain there is good ventilation in the
attic and crawl space areas. Like all insects, carpenter ants
thrive on moisture.
- Replace or repair
all water damaged wood and eliminate all wood to earth contact.
To find the carpenter
ant colony look for the following signs:
- Sawdust - Wood shavings,
dead ants and old ant cocoons are often piled up outside of
- Windows - Small
slit-like openings that carpenter ants cut into damaged wood.
- Swarmers - A lot
of large, winged flying ants, usually but not always found in
the spring. The nest will be found nearby.
- Workers - Solitary
ants wandering aimlessly, most active at night.
- Clicking - If you
get close enough, you can actually hear the colony chewing through
wood inside your walls.
- Water Damage - When
you find the leak, the carpenter ants are usually there also.
has lived in the South during the summer months has already had
the unpleasant experience of being stung by fire ants. Fire ants
are here to stay, but you don't have to put up with them in your
yard or house.
BIOLOGY. Fire ants are social insects consisting of a queen, workers,
eggs and larvae. The queen lives in a protected nest which may
be several feet deep. There may be several satellite nests near
the main nest and some nests may have more than one queen. Fire
ants usually have two flying swarms each year. After mating the
fertilized queen begins a new colony.