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Everything You Need To Know About Carpenter Ants In Richmond

February 14, 2022 - Ants

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Are you seeing large ants crawling around on your deck, patio, porch, or stairs? Have you noticed a large ant crawling around inside your home every once in a while? Have you had the awful experience of finding a dozen flying ants on an interior window pane? If you have experienced any of these things, you probably have carpenter ants in your Richmond home. Carpenter ant infestations can be a serious problem that should be addressed as quickly as possible. Here's everything you need to know about carpenter ants in Richmond and how Richmond pest control professionals can help!

What Do Carpenter Ants Look Like?

Carpenter ants can come in a few different colors. Most of them are reddish and black. Some are all black. And there are a few that are yellow, orange, or red. The best way to identify carpenter ants is to look at how big they are. Carpenter ants are the largest of all pest ants. Workers can be as much as ⅝ of an inch. But carpenter ant colonies have polymorphic workers. In other words, they vary in size. You may find workers ¼ to ⅝ inches. The smaller workers can be confused for other ant species that are black in coloration. If you're having trouble with your identification because the ants you're finding are small, capture one and look at its waist. Carpenter ants have one node between the thorax and the abdomen.

How Hard Is It To Detect Carpenter Ant Activity?

Sometimes it isn't hard to figure out if you have a carpenter ant problem in Virginia. The signs of carpenter ants can be very obvious. But many homeowners see these signs and don't realize what they're seeing. For example, dozens of flying ants crawling on the inside of a windowpane may be mistaken as accidental entry. Those flying ants might have come in through an open door, and they're just trying to get back outside to the light. This is rarely the case. If you see flying ants on the inside of your home, it is likely that you have an active and mature nest in your walls. Here are a few more ways you may detect carpenter ants.

  • Frass: Carpenter ants don't eat wood; they shave tiny wood particles and push them out of their tunnels through kick-out holes. These tiny particles of wood are mixed with ant droppings. This is why it's called frass and not just sawdust. You might think that frass is an easy way to detect carpenter ants, but it often isn't. Why? Because carpenter ants can push frass out inside wall voids where you can't see it. They are also prone to pushing it out in dark locations you rarely go into. Waiting to detect frass is not a good way to protect your home from carpenter ants.
  • Damage: These ants chew holes in wood, and you can sometimes see these holes. Unfortunately, like frass, holes are usually created in dark places.
  • Ants: You would think that seeing ants in your pantry or kitchen would be an easy way to detect them. But a home can have thousands of carpenter ants that never get into food-storage areas. These ants can find plentiful food options outside of your home. They don't need to raid your pantry.

How Much Damage Do Carpenter Ants Really Do?

It depends on the species. Some carpenter ants get into voids and don't damage the wood of a home. The black carpenter ant is a very destructive pest that can do widespread damage. So it is essential to keep an eye out for these big, black ants. Each year, U.S. property owners pay hundreds of millions on repairing damage caused by carpenter ants. And the black carpenter ant does the lion's share of that damage.

How To Prevent Carpenter Ant Damage With Cobalt Pest Control

Protecting your home from damage begins with recognizing the signs carpenter ants give. If you see winged ants, piles of grass, or wood damage, contact Cobalt Pest Control and get a detailed inspection. When left unchecked, carpenter ants can be very destructive. Our team of highly trained pest management professionals can help you locate areas of infestation and stop the ant activity in your home. Reach out to us today to get started on our effective home pest control services.