Carpenter Ants

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Carpenter ants breaking it down? Let us build up your defense... Marett Pest Control implements measures to help ensure the structural safety of your home. Carpenter ants, known for their wood-boring habits, can cause significant damage if left unchecked. Unlike termites, they don’t eat wood but excavate it to create their nests. Our skilled team has the expertise to identify carpenter ant infestations and implement strategic solutions to protect your home.

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How To Identify Carpenter Ants

  • Carpenter ants are relatively large, ranging from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length.
  • They are typically black, but some species may have reddish or yellowish coloration.
  • These ants have a distinctive heart-shaped head and a smooth, rounded thorax.
  • Signs of an infestation include sawdust-like material (frass) and the sound of rustling within walls or woodwork.
  • In South Carolina, the most common species is the Black Carpenter Ant.

Carpenter Ants Habits

  • Carpenter ants prefer moist, decaying wood to establish their nests.
  • They are nocturnal, most active at night, particularly when foraging for food.
  • Their diet consists of proteins and sugars, including insects, honeydew, and food scraps.
  • They can travel up to 100 yards from their nest in search of food.
  • Carpenter ants typically establish a parent colony in a moist area, with satellite colonies in drier locations.

How To Prevent Carpenter Ants

  • Eliminate sources of moisture, such as leaks and damp wood, around your home.
  • Store firewood away from your home’s foundation and keep it off the ground.
  • Seal any cracks and openings in your home’s exterior to prevent entry.
  • Keep kitchen areas clean and free of food debris.
  • If you suspect carpenter ant activity, contact Marett Pest Control for a thorough inspection and customized treatment plan.
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