Carpenter Ants

Wood Destroying Insects

Carpenter ants are a common household pest across the U.S. While they don’t do as much damage as termites, they are wood destroying insects and can cause structural damage all the same. While the carpenter ants in North Texas tend to not cause quite as much damage as the carpenter ants in the North and Northeastern US, they can still cause structural damage and affect the resale value of a home. As a result, it’s important to identify them and take care of the problem as soon as possible.

Carpenter Ant

This type of carpenter ant is common in North Texas

Winged Carpenter Ant

This winged carpenter ant has reached sexual maturity.

Habitat

Carpenter ants reside in moist, decaying or hollow wood either inside or outside a home or structure. Often, carpenter ants will be living in an exterior tree near a structure and then make their way inside. They tend to stay towards the exterior of the house around windows, doors, molding, and any other area that’s vulnerable to moisture.

Physical Features

They are known for their large size, ranging from ¼ to 1 inch (the queen). They range in color from yellow to red and black. In North Texas, carpenter ants typically have a red head and thorax and a black abdomen. They also have bent antennae, which is a big identifier that distinguishes them from termites. Contrary to popular belief, it is not only the queen ant that has wings. Sexually mature carpenter ants, both male and female, that are ready to reproduce have wings.

Signs

If you notice wood shavings/debris, similar to pencil shavings, around windows, molding, or siding, this could be a sign of carpenter ants. Since they do not eat the wood but simply hollow it out, shavings are a telltale sign. Most people, however, discover they have carpenter ants in the late winter and early spring during swarming season. This is when the winged ants come out to mate. If you see winged ants indoors, this is also a sign that there is also a nest indoors. Call today to schedule a time for an experienced exterminator to identify and treat the issue at hand. (469) 363-1657

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