When you see signs of carpenter ants and signs of termites – both which tend to show up in the spring and summer – you most likely already have an infestation. You can learn to see the signs of termites vs carpenter ants, though both are usually destructive. You can discourage both if you make sure you pick up any food, keep stored food sealed tightly, and have Clint Miller Exterminating spray your home on a regular basis.
As for carpenter ants, they are looking for food, so they will enter your home to raid your kitchen. Termites want to get at the wood in your house. Termites usually show up in the spring, while carpenter ants will show up during the summer months, and sometimes in the fall.
Many people ask, “How do I know if I have carpenter ants in my home?” If the ants are large, they are probably carpenter ants. If the ant has wings, it is most likely a carpenter ant. Look for a carpenter ant nest and carpenter ant damage, including:
Tunnels in decaying wood;
Ants and pieces of ants – including their wings – in food and on the floors; and
The carpenter ant nest.
The worker ants range from ¼ inch to 5/8 inch long. The queen might be as large as an inch. Most are dark brown or black, though some might have a yellow or red hue. Carpenter ants could crawl into your home from the ground, but they also travel across limbs, branches and wires. Keeping shrubs and plants near the house trimmed, so they don’t touch your home helps mitigate infestations.
Signs of termite damage include little piles of what looks like sawdust, tunnels through wood siding, floor and ceiling joists and wall studs, and damage to metal siding, plaster and insulation. Other signs might include buckling wood, bubbling wallpaper and mazes of open and closed tunnels in wood.
When you ask yourself, “Do I have termites in my home,” you have most likely seen some damage that reminded you of termites, or you saw the termites swarming around your home. Termites swarm in the spring when they are looking for new colonies. A termite colony could be outside or even inside your home.
If you notice termites, you should contact Clint Miller Exterminating to investigate and rid your home of the problem immediately. If you leave the problem long enough, the termites could damage your home enough so that it would not be safe to live in, since termites attack the structure of the house.
Once you eradicate the termites, you can repair the damage they’ve done by replacing the wood or by attaching new wood beams to old wood beams for the extra support that the termite-damaged beams no longer provide.
To learn more about how to get rid of termites and how to get rid of carpenter ants, visit Clint Miller Exterminating. If you suspect you have an infestation of carpenter ants or termites, contact us via our web page or call us to schedule a consultation. We’ll come out and determine if you have either pest, and whether you have an infestation. We will be able to give you tips on preventing further infestations and will determine the best way to eradicate these pests from your home.