Common Ants in El Paso, TX & Surrounding Areas
Acrobat Ants, Carpenter Ants, Field Ant, Fire Ant, Harvester Ant, Black Ant, Odorous
House Ant, Pavement Ant, Pharaoh Ant
Identification: Carpenter Ant
Swarm: Swarms are not produced until the colony is more than two years old. Swarming may appear from February through June.
Other: Carpenter ants do not sting, however, they do have powerful jaws that can deliver a nasty bite with swelling and redness.
Carpenter Ant Habitat
Most species of carpenter ants that invade homes and business across El Paso, TX and Anthony, NM areas will excavate wood to form smooth tunnels inside of wood. Carpenter ants prefer wood softened by fungus or rotting wood, and thrive in moist environments.
Carpenter ants are notorious for showing external holes in wood the wood they are nesting in which they use to expel debris (sawdust or insect body parts). The accumulation of this debris, is a good indication of a carpenter ant infestation.
Carpenter Ant Behaviors & Threats
Carpenter ants do not eat wood but damage wood through their nest building. If they gain entry to a structure, they can pose a significant property threat. If you notice carpenter ants, contact a licensed pest control professional immediately to discuss a proper course of ant extermination or control, including a plan for how to get rid of carpenter ants.
Carpenter Ant Diet
Carpenter ants feed primarily on insect honeydew, plant and fruit juices, insects and other arthropods. Inside, they will also feed on sweets, eggs, meats, cakes and grease. The workers will forage up to 300 feet from their nest. Although some workers are active during the day, most activity occurs from shortly before dusk until dawn.
Carpenter Ant Treatment & Prevention
Carpenter ants require a water source to survive. To prevent brown, red or black carpenter ants in the house, eliminate sources of moisture or standing water. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of doors or around windows. Seal all openings with a silicone-based caulk. Also, keep firewood and building materials stored away from the home. Carpenter ants like to build nests in stacks of wood.
If an infestation is suspected and you need to know how to get rid of carpenter ants, it’s always best to call Delta Pest Control & Lawn Service, who can assess the situation and recommend a method of carpenter ant extermination.