SIGNS OF A CARPENTER ANT INFESTATION
To best protect your home from the damage that a colony of carpenter ants can cause, you should familiarize yourself with the signs of a carpenter ant infestation. The most obvious signs are often an indication of a big problem, such as piles of shavings, called frass. If you see ants in or around your home, it’s time to take a look around and make sure you’re not hosting an ant colony.
Carpenter ants use damp or damaged wood to enter into a home. These are typically areas around windows and doors, in the eaves of the roof, or in a wood deck or porch. Any wood that’s exposed to moisture can be softer and is ideal for a carpenter ant colony. Look around doors and windows for cracks or peeling paint. Frass, which looks like a small pile of wood shavings, can usually be found where carpenter ants have been busiest. They do not eat the wood, like termites, but rather they burrow in the wood and create tunnels and galleries where they set up their satellite colonies. They also set up colonies in warm, dry spaces like between walls and in insulation.
Of course, you should be able to identify carpenter ants themselves, as the presence of ants inside your home is a pretty tell-tale sign that you might have a problem. A few ants may not be a big threat at first, but you can’t be too cautious. Carpenter ants are large and mostly black, sometimes with a dark red abdomen. If you see flying ants in or around your home, that is also a sign that they are breeding in the neighbourhood, something you want to deal with immediately.