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Most homeowners already know how problematic ants can be. You’ve likely dealt with these hard-working crawlers during a picnic or a backyard outing. While this is simply no question, the problems come when you start talking about the different species. When most people think about ants, they tend to classify them all together. And this is exactly where the problems start. All ants are, by no means, the same insects. There are literally thousands on top of thousands of different ant species. And elimination for each species could require a different approach, so understanding what you are dealing with is imperative towards your efforts.
What Is The Carpenter Ant?
Just take the carpenter ant, for example. This specific species would be the perfect example, as they are extremely problematic for homeowners today. They don’t just invade the home and become a nuisance. No, they can invade the home and do considerable, irreparable structural damage to delicate, wood structures. In addition to this, the equation can be broken down even further, as there are even several types of carpenter ant species that exist throughout the insect world. You can likely already see the need to learn everything you possibly can about these pesky pests, including how to properly eliminate them from the property. That’s exactly what we are here for.
They Don’t Eat Wood
The first and biggest misconception surrounding the carpenter ant species is they eat wood. They are not like the termite. Although they do burrow into wood and do immense amounts of damage to wooden structures, they aren’t actually consuming the material or any of the compounds. This is important because it means they don’t specifically enter the home looking for wooden structures to tear up like the termite. This being said, this is something you can utilize to your advantage. Since they don’t eat the wood, they will leave behind sawdust-like material. This material will be left near the invasion sight and will be an excellent early indication sign. Keep your eye peeled.
Smarter Than The Average Ant
If you need to know anything about the carpenter ant, you’ll need to know they are much harder to detect and eliminate than the average ant species. The reason for this is because they don’t necessarily have to depend on anything in the home to survive. Unlike other ant species, these pests can thrive on food sources found outside the home. Some of the worker ants of this species will even travel 1,000 feet or more from their colony to find food. This is just how the species can go years and years before getting detected in the home.
Larger Than The Average Ant
Not only is the carpenter ant smarter than your average ant species, but they are larger as well, making them even more intimidating. They are big, black, or red insects with single nodes between their thoraxes and abdomens. Look for this distinguishing mark and it’ll make them much easier to identify than your average ant species. If you happen to find one of the pests crawling around the home, do not write the incident off because it likely means there is a whole colony, lurking not far behind. They are a very social insect, as like many other ant species.
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