Worried About Carpenter Ants?
If you are finding ants with wings in your home, these are winged reproductives. Carpenter ants don’t produce these winged reproductives until the colony is at least 3 years old.
Learn How to Spot Carpenter Ants
Before you can eliminate the enemy, you need to understand its appearance and behaviour. Here are a few ways to recognize carpenter ants:
- Modoc and Vicinus are the most common carp ant species in British Columbia. The former is all black, while the latter has a red thorax but a black head and abdomen. Most between .635 cm and 1.9 cm in size.
- In most cases, carpenter ants enter via utility entrance points and under your home’s siding. Watch the ants’ comings and goings before you report this information to your pest control technician.
- Carpenter ants do not respond to regular household insecticide (such a treatment may make ants disperse and cause further problems later). Likewise, drops and ant traps don’t eliminate the problem.
- If you are seeing carpenter ants in your home regularly, this indicates that you have an active colony in your home. These ants are more than a nuisance, they can cause significant structural damage if not professionally addressed.