Wood Destroying Ants
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Carpenter ants, classified by the genus Camponotus, are known for their destruction of wooden structures and materials. Although they don’t eat wood (unlike termites), they can still cause serious damage by continually excavating within a wooden structure. Carpenter ants expand their nest through a network of tunnels called galleries.
Wood Destruction: Indoor and Outdoor Ant Infestations
Carpenter ants prefer to nest in damp, decaying wood. Colonies can frequently be found outdoors in dead tree trunks and fallen limbs. Regular lawn and tree maintenance is the best way to ensure carpenter ants don’t establish a nest.
Indoors, wood destroying ants prefer damp, hollow spaces between walls and floors. Certain areas of a home can be especially vulnerable, including window-sills, porches, and roof eaves. The easiest way to avoid a wood-destroying ant infestation is to make sure any leaks, drips, or water damage is repaired immediately, as the damp conditions can encourage a carpenter ant invasion.
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Carpenter Ants: Preferred Food Sources
Carpenter ants are considered both predators and scavengers, eating other dead insects but also sugary liquids. This makes them twice as problematic, as they can find potential food sources in multiple ways. The best way to prevent carpenter ants from nesting in a home is to make sure all dead insects and food particles are cleaned immediately, especially in cracks or hidden corners.
How to Prevent Wood Destroying Ants
Avoid a carpenter ant infestation by removing lawn debris and dead trees, treating leaks and water damage indoors, and by eliminating all insect matter and food particles.
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