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How To Control Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants can do a number on soft or damaged wood elements of a home although they don’t consume wood as a part of their diet. If left unchecked, carpenter ants can grow to large numbers and drive homeowners crazy.

Carpenter ants are common across the country and between ¼ of an inch to 3/4 an inch long they are among the largest type of ant there is in the United States. They come in a range of colors depending on the species and because of the damage carpenter ants inflict on wood, they can often be confused as termites.

Carpenter ants don’t consume wood at all and merely just like to burrow through dead or rotting wood and create tunnel ways and galleries for easily traveling from their nest to various food sources they enjoy which are usually proteins and sugars. When left untreated, carpenter ant infestations can become quite severe as they will be spending time developing large nests within the inner workings of wooden structures. A good sign that you are dealing with carpenter ants is by finding frass (wood shavings, small wood particles which carpenter ants excrete while burrowing). Frass can be found indoors in piles and around door frames.

If you have an infestation of carpenter ants on the premises it would be wise of you to act fast in controlling them before their population and the damage they create get out of hand. Fortunately, we here at Solutions Pest and Lawn have all that you need on how get rid of carpenter ants and their colony invasion effectively.

Want to find out What Kills Carpenter Ants?  Scroll to under products to keep reading about how to get rid of carpenter ants using our high quality carpenter ant control products.


How To Get Rid of Carpenter Ants: Solutions 4 Step Plancarpenter ant white background

There are plenty of options out there to choose from when trying to get rid of a carpenter ant infestation, but not all of those options work. Solutions Pest and Lawn has expert entomologists on staff and experienced pest control professionals who have tested out products which work best to get rid of carpenter ants.

Step 1: Most importantly, you need to be certain that the ants that you are dealing with are indeed carpenter ants.

Carpenter Ant Gallery

By inspecting carpenter ants and properly identifying them as carpenter ants, you can then go about a proper carpenter ant control program. If you have trouble identifying whether or not the ant you see is indeed a carpenter ant, Solutions can help. Send us an image of the ant to our identification@solutionsstores.com email and we will be able to identify right away what type of ant you have.  

Carpenter Ant Identification can sometimes be challenging, checkout images, and signature identifiers below.


Step 2: Inspection is the next key component in your quest to getting rid of carpenter ants. Give your home a thorough inspection to find out where the carpenter ants are residing and where their nest is.

Prime areas for inspection of carpenter ants include any wooden structures where high moisture content is present, including window and door frames, tub and well enclosure walls, kitchen and bath plumbing walls. Focus your inspection outdoors and time your inspection at night as carpenter ants are nocturnal and are most active at night.

Carpenter Ant Frass


Keep a close eye out for classic carpenter ant signs such as frass, wood shavings, and ants themselves. If you happen to find a carpenter ant during the inspection, let him be and just observe the trail he goes on, the ant may very well lead you to the entire carpenter ant colony.

Step 3:
Get rid of carpenter ants with the help of high quality carpenter ant control products. Treating the actual infestation of carpenter ants includes baiting and spraying outdoors and dusting. Indoors begin by prepping the area for bait placement. There are plenty of effective baits we carry like Ficam. Place these baits down in high traffic areas. For dusting, use D-Fense Dust and dust into wall voids according to label instructions.

Step 4:
Outdoors use an effective non-repellant spray like Taurus SC Termiticide or Dominion 2L to create a barrier around your home to keep carpenter ants out. If you happen to find the carpenter ant nest, we recommend spraying a foaming aerosol spray such as Fipro.

Browse our carpenter ant control products below and if you have any questions or concerns, reach out to us via phone, online chat or email and we’ll be happy to assist you with your order or give you helpful pest control advice.


Expert DIY Advice On How To Kill Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are among the most notorious insects that enjoy tearing up wood and can drive homeowners mad with their aggressive behavior and tendencies to burrow into the wooded elements of a structure, much like termites.  So if you are finding carpenter ants in your house?  Or on the outside of you home, we can help.


Fortunately, Solutions Pest & Lawn offers a full line of professional home pest control products including a variety of carpenter ant control products like carpenter ant baits and carpenter ant killers so that you can get rid of all your carpenter ant control problems in an instant. Whether it is carpenter ant control or carpenter ant killers, we have dedicated pest control products for all ant types.


Getting rid of carpenter ants can be a simple task if you have the right carpenter ant control products in your arsenal to tackle them, however, you also need to have the proper knowledge of carpenter ants to aid you in your control program. A famous saying is to “know your enemy” so if you inform yourself of how carpenter ants behave and how they operate, you have a better chance of defeating carpenter ants and ridding their entire nest from your home.


carpenter ant infestationBackground Information about Carpenter Ants

While carpenter ants have a reputation for destroying wood (much like termites) however, carpenter ants do not actually consume wood as a part of their diet. Carpenter ants merely use wood to dig tunnels to travel through as well as to set up their colonies and nests.


For the homeowner that is inflicted by a carpenter ant infestation, this means potentially thousands of dollars of wood damage that must be repaired to due to the establishment of carpenter ant colonies and nests made in the wood.  


There are 3 main species of carpenter ants that are most prevalent in North America. The first is the Florida Carpenter Ant, which is also known by other names such as the red or black carpenter ant. The second is known as the Camponotus Modoc and this type is found primarily in the western portion of the US and is known more commonly as the Western carpenter ant. Finally, there is the Camponotus Pennsylvanicus which dominates the eastern side of the US and is also popularly known as big black carpenter ants.


Carpenter Ant Eating Habits

So what do carpenter ants eat if they aren’t eating wood? The diet of carpenter ants mainly consists sweet and sugary foods, mainly secreted by aphids. Aphids are known for consuming plants and secreting honeydew from their plant consumption.


Carpenter antss love honeydew, so much so that they will invite aphids into their colony and nests and supply them with whatever they desire in exchange for honeydew secretions. Quite a deal they’ve struck between one another, huh?

This is one of the reasons why carpenter ant baits designed to kill carpenter ants are so sweet. 


Carpenter Ant Nesting Habits

While Carpenter ants are lumped in the same category as termites when it comes to being wood damaging pests, carpenter ants wood damage is far less severe than the damage termites do to wood since termites are actively consuming wood for meals. However, if carpenter ant infestations are large enough, the damage they inflict on the wooden structures of homes can be sizable due to their need for tunneling through wood to get around and develop their nests.

Carpenter Ant Image

Interestingly, when carpenter ants do burrow and create their nesting galleries, they actually perform good housekeeping by cleaning and polishing the galleries in the wood. If you were to compare the wooden galleries of termite infested wood and carpenter ants wood, you would find the carpenter ant galleries look smoother compared to the rough and unkempt appearance of termite galleries.


A surefire sign of a carpenter ant infestation is the presence of “frass”. Frass is the name for the wood excretions that carpenter ants kick out and dispose when they are tunneling through wood. As noted in the above paragraph, carpenter ants like to practice good housekeeping so they want to keep their galleries and nests clean, so they push out wood debris through openings they make in the gallery.


This carpenter ant frass can begin to pile up and will become an obvious signal that there is an infestation present.


winged antsSigns To Watch For If You Have a Carpenter Ant Infestation

Are you not totally sure whether or not you have carpenter ants nesting among the confines of your home? There are a few tell-tale signs that you have carpenter ants and it will take a careful inspection of your home to determine whether you have carpenter ants and need to carry out a carpenter ant control program. Here are some of the signs to look out for:


  • Wings of Carpenter Ants or Carpenter Ants with Wings - If you spot tiny wings or even see a carpenter ant out in the open during the day, that may be a big indication that you have a large carpenter ant problem present. Reproductive carpenter ants with wings are called alates. These winged carpenter ants may be assigned as a scout going out foraging for food or they could be a reproductive carpenter ant looking to grow the infestation even bigger! 


  • Frass - As we stated in the previous section, frass is one of the biggest signs that carpenter ants are present. If you see piles of wood debris around doors and windows, you may be dealing with a carpenter ant infestation. It should be noted that termites release frass as well so it’s important to not confuse the two.

  • Noises - Do you hear the faint sound of rustling or tapping? These crinkly and scratchy noises are made when carpenter ants are hard at work, mining their way through wood and developing their galleries. Put your ear up to a hollow wall or door and you will be able to hear it loud and clear.


Kill Carpenter Ants With Professional Carpenter Ant Treatments

If you’re going to take the DIY approach to getting rid of carpenter ants, every good carpenter ant control program starts with a careful inspection to try to look for the carpenter ant colony or nest. This should be done before applying or even buying any carpenter ant control products. By following a carpenter ant trail and looking out for the signs we mentioned above, you can very well be lead to the main location where carpenter ants are nesting.


Once you have found where the carpenter ant colony is or where the main signs of high carpenter ant ctivity is concentrated, you should proceed with carpenter treatment via using a carpenter ant bait or spraying a non-repellent pesticide.


READ MORE: How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants


The problem with many novice homeowners conducting DIY pest control is that they often make infestations worse and exacerbate the issue by buying inferior products from local retail shops or big box stores. These products often have many different diluted chemicals mixed together that have strong smells and these will repel carpenter ants. They will simply steer clear of the area where you have sprayed and continue going about destroying wood and building their infestation.


Solutions Pest & Lawn experts suggest using a combination of carpenter ant baits, insecticidal concentrates, and dusts to eliminate infestations of carpenter ants. We carry products that the pros use and can deliver them to you so you can do-it-yourself and save a ton of money. Among the best carpenter ant products for carpenter ant control are Ficam Insect Bait, Taurus SC and D-Fense Dust. These products are guaranteed to kill carpenter ants or you get your money back!


If you are ever stuck on how to carry out an effective carpenter ant control program, Solutions Pest & Lawn has a multitude of resources designed to help even the most inexperienced DIYer execute a well thought-out plan of attack to eliminate carpenter ant nests and colonies, saving your home’s wood from being further damaged. Browse our online guides, our how-to videos or you can even contact us directly to speak to a pest control expert who will give you FREE advice.


In-Depth Guide On How To Kill Carpenter Ants

While we touched briefly on how to get rid of carpenter ants using our special 4 step process (Identification, Inspection, Control, Prevention) above, here we will cover in depth about the carpenter ant control process. As we have stated with various other insects we have guides for, the more you “know your enemy” the better equipped you will be to successfully control the carpenter ant problem.


Carpenter Ant Identificationtwo carpenter ants

So how does a carpenter ant look? While the average homeowner may recognize what a common ant looks like, it may be more difficult to tell a carpenter ant apart from a drywood termite. This is due to the fact that termites and ants look very similar , especially during the peak reproductive seasons when the winged reproductive termites and carpenter ants are starting to fly around to a new location to expand their colony.


READ MORE:The Difference Between Carpenter Ants and Termites


While you will find more details at the link above, what you should look for to determine whether you are looking at a carpenter ant or a termite are features like the antennae and the waist. Carpenter ants will have more of a narrow or pinched waist compared to termites and more of a clubbed or bent pair or antenna. When wings are observed, a carpenters ants wings will have two pairs of wings with the front wings being longer.


As far as behavior goes, Carpenter ants are usually observed living in dead or rotting trees, stumps and wood piles when found outdoors. Indoors, a carpenter ant infestation are usually discovered in areas where there is wood that has been dampened other from a leak or some other type of plumbing or moisture issue.


Conducting a Carpenter Ant Inspection

Before you can get to killing the carpenter ants, if first need to figure out where they are hiding before you can get rid of the carpenter ants. It is best that when you first do identify that you have carpenter ants present in or around your home that you act quickly and not delay inspection.


Carpenter ants are known to inflict considerable damage both in home structures as well as outdoors around trees that are older or have been damaged. We recommend conducting an inspection for carpenter ants in the evening time because that is when carpenter ants are out and about scavenging for food.


A flashlight will really come in handy when inspecting when its dark and when checking for any traces of carpenter ant damage or signs of their presence.


If you find it difficult to track down a carpenter ant colony, do not give up as there may be multiple colonies spread out within your home rather than one central location that you would expect from other types of ants who have a central ant mound as their headquarters.


Carpenter ants particularly like wooded areas where there is a lot of moisture. Some of the common areas where they could be found are near window and door frames, the kitchen area or the bathroom areas along the plumbing walls.


Here are some of the main things to keep a careful eye on as these are prime indicators of carpenter ant presence.


  • Carpenter Ant Frass - Much like termites, carpenter ants leave behind droppings of wood particles called "frass" when burrowing through wood. This is made out of wood shavings, soil, and insect parts.

  • Damaged wood- Keep an eye out for smooth, well-crafted carpenter ant galleries and small openings in wood tunnels found on wood that has been infested as this is evidence of termites inhabiting the wood.

  • Carpenter Ant Trails - Carpenter ants follow intricate trails. If you find some carpenter ants trekking along carpet edges, door frames, fence tops, observe them closely as they may lead you right to the carpenter ant colony

  • Noises - While most ants are pretty quiet, carpenter ants can make an audible noise, especially when they feel threatened or alarmed.  The sound carpenter ants make resemble a faint clicking or rustling noise.

Carpenter Ant Control

If your carpenter ant problem is particularly severe, we recommend using more than one treatment method to ensure the best possible success in eliminating the carpenter ant infestation. That way if one product doesn’t do the trick, the other product or method hopefully will.


We will cover some of the various treatment options below:


Carpenter ant baiting

Indoors, one of the best methods of carpenter ant control is utilizing carpenter ant control baits. This is useful especially if you have had difficulty finding the carpenter ant nest and can’t treat the nest directly.

Carpenter ant baits will ideally result in a domino effect which will kill a large number of carpenter ants and hopefully the entire colony. A good suggestion is to use a combination of carpenter ant bait with a carpenter ant spray such as a foaming aerosol (like FiPro Foaming Aerosol)


This tandem of carpenter ant control products will help get rid of the carpenter ant invasion much more efficiently than using any single control product


Applying dustHow To Best Apply Carpenter Ant Bait

Apply carpenter ant bait (such as Ficam Insect Bait or Advance Carpenter Ant Bait) in areas where you have spotted carpenter ant activity. Please be subtle about your placement and do not place bait intentionally in the middle of the trail that carpenter ants are trekking on or place them directly on an ant. These actions will make the ants avoid the bait and nullify your baiting efforts.


We recommend that you apply carpenter ant bait near ant activity or next to ant trails. Some examples of places where the bait can be placed are:

  • In kitchen cabinets and on counter tops.

  • Around the stove area

  • Near sinks or drains

  • Along the wall

  • Behind and under bathroom fixtures..

  • Around window or door frames


Check the areas where you placed bait weekly and replenish as necessary until you no longer notice any carpenter ant activity.


Spraying to Kill Carpenter Ants

A good non-repellent carpenter ant spray such as Fipro Foaming Aerosol is a fantastic companion to carpenter ant baits indoors. Carpenter ants will not be able to detect the spray and will unknowingly walk through areas where it is applied, carrying the chemical back to the nesting areas to achieve a domino effect kill. Non-repellent ant sprays are a slow-killing method of carpenter ant control, but that is good because it allows the chemical to be spread throughout the colony, infecting more ants.


Using the straw applicator which comes with the product, apply the spray directly into cracks and crevices along baseboards, under appliances, around door frames, window frames and in areas where there is wiring other areas where ants have been entering your structure.


Treating the Carpenter Nest Directly

If you happen to fortunately find the carpenter ant nest during your inspection, you can treat the nest directly which will make a significant dent to the carpenter ant population. Depending on where it is located, there are multiple ways of approaching direct carpenter ant nest treatment. For instance, if the nest if found in a wall void you can use a foaming spray like Fipro Foaming Aerosol or a carpenter ant control dust such as D-Fense Dust.


Outdoor Carpenter Ant Treatment

If a carpenter ant infestation was found inside, you mustn't ignore the outdoors since carpenter ants came from the outside to enter your home. Prior to applying treatment to the outdoor environment, some prep work would be necessary to discourage carpenter ant harborage.


Some things which can be done preliminarily include: trimming trees and shrubs so branches and foliage don’t come in contact with the exterior walls of your home, cleaning up leaf litter and mulch, mowing the lawn so the grass is short, and various other sanitation measures.

Outdoor Carpenter Ant Control Treatment With Spray

To keep carpenter ants away via spraying, we recommend applying a barrier treatment around the outside of your home which will prevent them from coming indoors. A great barrier treatment product we carry is non-repellent  Dominion 2L Insecticide.


Mix the product into a hand sprayer and apply the solution one foot up the foundation and one foot out onto the ground to build a barrier. You can then spray around window frames, door frames, places where cables, pipes or wires enter the structure and any other place where you have noticed carpenter ants crawling.


Outdoor Carpenter Ant Control Treatment With Carpenter Ant Bait

If you’d rather not spray outdoors, the alternative we recommend is laying out a carpenter ant bait granule. Carpenter ant bait granules like Ficam Insect Bait. You can broadcast carpenter ant bait granules in wide areas around your home but it would be better to spot treat in areas you have notice activity and scatter some granules there.


Carpenter ants tend to forage for food at night so we recommend scattering the bait just before sunset on a night where rain is not on the forecast. As the carpenters ants forage they will pick up the bait and take it back to feed the colony. Over a few weeks, the colony will be eliminated.


Carpenter Ant Prevention

Once a carpenter ant problem has been addressed and you have successfully killed the carpenter ants you will want to prevent the carpenter ants from making a triumphant return. A good carpenter ant prevention program involves outdoor sanitation measures we covered in the control step above as well as quarterly barrier treatment applications .


You can also use Boracare to treat wood that you suspect may be vulnerable to carpenter ant infestations.


Don’t Buy Inferior Carpenter Ant Products from Retail Stores, Get the Good Stuff at Solutions Pest & Lawn!

Most baits and insecticides that you’ll find at your local department store or the pest control aisle at a big box retailer are a diluted and subpar version of products we sell at  Solutions Pest & Lawn. They don’t contain the right active ingredients that will attract and be effective to kill carpenter ants.

For this reason, Solutions Pest & Lawn is committed to offering the absolute best Professional Quality carpenter ant bait products and insecticides at the lowest available price. Browse our carpenter ant control products and contact us anytime.  Make Solutions Pest & Lawn your go-to site for all things pest control.

Carpenter Ant FAQ

Applying Residual SprayHow do I get rid of carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants are not a type of pest where you can just purchase a random insecticide from the store, spray it around and hope for the best. Carpenter ants can become a major problem especially for homeowners because of their affinity for burrowing into wood which can create a lot of damage.


For that reason, it’s important to carry out a full carpenter control program to achieve the greatest success in getting rid of carpenter ants. Solutions Pest & Lawn has a patented four step process to deal with carpenter ants which involves identification, a detailed inspection, control, and finally prevention.


You can learn more about the process by visiting our carpenter ant control page.


What’s the Difference Between A Carpenter Ant and a Termite?

Carpenter ants and termites are usually confused or mistaken for one another because both insects like to destroy wood and can cause significant damage to homes and other structures.

 Carpenter Ant Vs Termites

However, while both insects like to tear into wood, they do so for different reasons. Termites primarily destroy wood because they eat it for nutrition and as part of their diet. Carpenter ants on the other hand merely like to drill into wood because they make their nests inside of moist, rotting wood.


We understand that to a homeowner, the damage can look the same. However, from a homeowner’s point of view, still damage to the structure.  That is why early detection is of paramount importance.


Aside from their behaviors and motives, termites and carpenter ants also have different physical characteristics. You can learn more about their differences here: How To Tell the Difference Between Carpenter Ants and Termites


How do Carpenter Ants Make Nests In the Home?

Typically, carpenter ant colonies can form inside a structure in a number of different ways. The most common way carpenter ants infiltrate and set up shop in a home is when both winged male and female carpenter ants swarm in large numbers when the temperature is warm and soil has softened from recent rainfall.  


When you see swarmers inside the home, this should be of great concern because that means that you may be possibly dealing with a large infestation of carpenter ants and swarmers numbering into the thousands.


These carpenter ants then try to look for parts of the home where there is wood that is moist or rotting, which can be around the foundation of the home. Carpenter ants will drill their way through and form their nests right under our noses.


Get more info at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpenter_ant


If Carpenter Ants Don’t Eat Wood, then What Do They Eat?


Generally, carpenter ants like to feed on foods that contain sugars and proteins.  For instance, when carpenter ants are scavenging outdoors for a meal, they will feed on other insects, either dead or living.


Aside from this, carpenter ants also have a large affinity for honeydew, which are sweet liquids secreted from plant eating aphids. If you have a garden and are dealing with an aphid problem, carpenter ants may become an evening bigger problem since aphids will attract carpenter ants.


Indoors, carpenter ants will readily feed on a number of different foods, primarily of the sweet variety such as jelly, syrup, sugary foods and honey as well as meat scraps.


Carpenter ants do most of their food foraging at night time and will travel far and wide from their nest to get their fix.


Another good resource to learn more: https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/ants/carpenter-ants/


Where Do Carpenters Ants Commonly Live?

When conducting a carpenter ant infestation, it is important to try and track down where the carpenter ants are nesting and living. The best places to start your search if your looking outdoors is wherever you can find moist wood, dead trees, piles of good, gutters that have not been cleaned out and areas where there is a lot of leaf litter, since these areas collect a lot of moisture especially after rain.


If you’re looking for carpenter ant nests indoors, they may commonly live where there are moisture issues in the home such as a plumbing leak that has made it so wood is water damaged and any other areas where there is a lot of moisture that has been accumulated.


Other prime areas to check around are sinks, under dishwashers, bathrooms and others areas where moisture can build up. Carpenter ants have also been reported to have been found around beams, flooring, behind insulation, wall voids and areas and any area with high moisture content.

 Where to Find Carpenter Ants

One thing to keep in mind is that carpenter ants are known to have several satellite colonies so if you find a nest it may not be the only nest where the carpenter ants all are headquartered. While the primary nest may be set up near a moisture source, the satellite colonies that have branched off can surprisingly be found in dry areas.


More carpenter ant info at: https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/carpenter-ants/


What damage do Carpenter Ants cause?

As we covered earlier, carpenter ants don’t consume wood as part of their diet. However, carpenter ants damage wood in great amounts via their digging and burrowing to make galleries where they can travel to and from their nests.


You will notice that carpenter ant galleries and burrows are smooth looking whereas if the tunnel was made by a termite, you’d see mud or soil in the galleries, giving off a unclean look. This is a key component in determining whether the wood damage is carpenter ant damage or termite damage.


No matter the case, if gone unchecked, carpenter ants can end up causing severe damage to your home’s wood structure that will likely mean very expensive repairs. That’s why you must act quickly and carry out carpenter ant control to put a stop to further carpenter ant damage.


plantsWhat can I do to prevent carpenter ants infesting my home?

If you want to try and prevent getting Carpenter Ants in your home, a critical step is to reduce and/or reducing high moisture problems that will possible attractive Carpenter Ants to them if possible. For example, have your gutters cleaned out and maintained, remove standing water and replace all of the damaged wood from the excessive moisture.


In addition, make sure tree limbs are not overhanging or touching the house and trim back branches that are touching and/or overhanging power and electrical lines or wires that connect to the structure. It is important to note that Carpenter Ants have the ability to travel from the tree limbs to power lines and use those said cables like a road way right into your home.

What kills carpenter ants?


There are alot of products that will kill carpenter ants, they key it to get them to ingest something or move around in a residual.  Because ants are very sensitive to chemicals and can react quickly when they start seeing dead workers, the secret is to make sure they do not know what is going on.  We recommend Non repellent insecticides, such as Fipronil products, and bait that is specific for carpenter ants.


When you have small infestations or you are not able to locate the entry points, using a bait is the best options, place it right in their trails.  If you can locate an entry point, the you can foam it into the void.

What are the signs of carpenter ants?

Typically you know you have carpenter ants when you see either winged ants inside your home swarming, piles of winged ants on window sills, or just carpenter ants moving around the perimeter of the home or structure.


Finding excessive moisture areas, rotten wood, siding can be attractive to carpenter ants.

What does it look like when you have carpenter ants?

You may just see large ants moving in trails inside or outside of your home.  They will forage for food in the early morning or early evening. These are really good times to make sure you check the perimeter for entry points.

What Is Carpenter Ant Bait?

When we refer to carpenter ant baits, we are talking about offering them up a food source, something they are already eating, honey dew or a protein source.  With carpenter ants as well as other ant species it is usually better to get them to ingest the slow acting insecticide through food.

How To Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants in House?

So you are seeing carpenter ants inside your home?  You will want to do some inspection around the outside of the home or building.  Because carpenter ants forage outside and nest inside, with some effort you should be able to locate the entry.  


You can place bait, such as Advance Carpenter Ant Bait and Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait right in front of the ants that you are seeing in your house.  

 Carpenter Ant Chemicals

You will want to keep baiting every evening until you stop seeing them come and pick up the bait.  


Another option is to the foam the entry points or the wall void that you are seeing the carpenter ants move around in your house.  Product we recommend would be Fipro Foam, which is Fipronil active ingredient that is a  non repellent insecticide, which means they cannot sense that it is there.  It has a tiny straw that you can use to push into void, simply drill small holes in the sheetrock.


Carpenter Ants with Wings


We have a whole section that refers to being about to tell the difference between termites and carpenter ants when you see them with wings in the spring.  These is the time when they are getting ready to start a new colony and the allates are released with wings to find a mat.  This usually occurs in the spring time when temperatures start to warm up and the moisture is high.

What Are Signs of Carpenter Ant Damage?


What to look for to see if you have carpenter ant damage?  The biggest indicator is the sign that you are seeing the larger workers inside and outside of a structure. But just because you are seeing them does not mean they are infesting your home. You can find signs of little piles of wood shavings or sawdust.  


If you see large winged ants coming from up high, windows, ceiling them you would assume you do have a problem.  You can also hear them with some rustling in the walls, etc.

Are There Big Black Carpenter Ants?

Finding big black carpenter ants?  Then it might be time to see if you have a moisture problem that needs to be addressed.  We have a large selection of products that can be applied, but you will also need to fix the main issue with moisture.


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Do Carpenter Ants Bite?

Carpenter ants can bite, but they do not sting, such as a fire ant.  The bite is more like a pinch, and they are not excessively aggressive, unless you invade the nest.  It can be painful and with the use of Formic Acid into the bite wound, it can be uncomfortable.


How To Conduct Carpenter Ants Identification?

You can find images and identification of carpenter ants in our carpenter ant category.    Also, you can find more information about them at University of Minnesota.

What Is The Best Way How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants?

The best way to get rid of carpenter ants is to see if you can locate the gallery or entry point into your home or yard, if this can be done you can foam with a non repellent.  We recommend Fipro foam.  Another really good option is to use Carpenter Ant Bait, there are 2 types, because you will not be certain as to what type of food source they are feeding on at the time you try to bait.  We recommend purchasing both Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait and Advance Carpenter Ant Bait.  You will offer both up to the carpenter ants to see which they prefer and then continue baiting with either the gel or the granular bait.

Carpenter Ants and Trees

Carpenter ants are considered to be among the very common sights in the Americas, Europe and other parts of the world. This is mostly because they are very unpopular for causing damage to wooden areas where they nest. They are also very commonly mistaken for termites because of the symptoms. However, while termites eat wood and hollow out everything, carpenter ants merely make galleries in wooden areas for shelter shaping them rather than hollowing them out. They tend to develop this area so as to sustain themselves in a warm place after which they continue foraging for food to bring to the nest.

All species of carpenter ants prefer decaying, rotting or decayed wood for their nesting sites, as these areas provide proper and consistent humidity and temperatures along with constant supply of sap depending on the tree. Carpenter ants do not eat wood they usually just gather it and carry it to the nest, damage can be severe when nests remain active for several years. Over time, a colony can expand into several satellite colonies near the parent colony this usually makes things very complicated and therefore you would rather prefer to make sure that the satellite colony doesn’t mean you have a carpet of ants in your house. Workers excavate wood for extra space, causing extensive damage to structures and woodwork which although is harmful but is long term and does not do as much damage as a termite infestation.

The Carpenter Ant and The United States

There are 24 pest species of carpenter ants in the United States alone. This statistic is usually enough to understand there are types of carpenter ants that one would not even begin to understand and identify unless closely inspecting. Size and color of carpenter ants can vary among species and even among individuals within one colony. On an average  the common Carpenter ants measure from 3.4 to 13 mm in length and can feature black, red, brown, yellow, orange, or red and black coloration making it amongst the colorful species specially in these United States of America. Although carpenter ants are among the largest ant species worldwide, size is not a reliable factor in carpenter ant identification because workers within a species vary in size.

Basic differences

Carpenter ants are often mistaken for termite swarmers. The most important characteristics to look for when identifying any winged ant are elbowed antennae, a pinched or constricted waist and a front pair of wings that is longer than the back pair.

Termite swarmers will have straight antennae, a broad waist and both pair of wings similar in length.

Carpenter ants develop by complete metamorphosis: from eggs to larvae to pupae to adults. Adult carpenter ants have six legs, a constricted waist, three distinct body regions and a ring of hairs at the tip of the abdomen (best seen under magnification.)



Locating carpenter ant nests can be accomplished by following the trails of the worker ants themselves they can be baited into it when you use maple syrup on a tape back. Search for small piles of wood shaving as these can often be found below the openings that identify Carpenter Ant colonies. After identifying a colony, it is advisable to contact a pest control professional, as several satellite colonies may exist elsewhere within or around the home or building.

The black carpenter ant is the only carpenter ant in Illinois that commonly locates its nests in buildings. They tunnel out the wood that is damp or decaying from roof or water- pipe leaks. This is because they do not bother with tedious tiresome work. It is easier to chip wood near a water source, which as an added bonus would be having excess humidity in the mix this only proves better for the carpenter ant. (The red carpenter ant is another common species, with red, wingless workers that are about 1/4 inch long. Other, smaller species of carpenter ants are also found in Illinois.)


Nests that have evolved and developed for a duration of  almost five years, they tend to hold and contain winged reproducing sub classes which tend to be the only ones that can reproduce in the colony other than the queen and the princess. Black carpenter ant males are 1/4 inch long and have two pairs of clear wings these are usually very close to the queen to keep her safe.

The queens measure up to 3/4of an inch and miraculously also tend to have exactly two pairs of clear wings like the winged reproductive drone. Both sexes emerge from the colony in early morning and fly towards the light to escape the colony as during the night the species is most busy and would cause too much of a disruption kind of like a princess leaving her castle to marry an Aladin making sure they leave when everyone is asleep. Mating occurs, and the reproductives break their wings off at weakened spots this makes some of them unable to recover whereas some of them tend to keep their wings and therefore continue to protect the queen.

Preferred housing

Carpenter ants prefer to nest in trees mainly, they are often a tell tale indication of rotting wood. Such trees should be checked to determine whether the rot has weakened the tree enough that it becomes a hazard. Otherwise, carpenter ant nests do not directly weaken the tree and do not usually require control.

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