Carpenter ants are large insects, ranging in size from 1/2 – 1 inch in length. They are usually black, but some carpenter ants are both red and black. Carpenter ants are active year-round and can be found both indoors and outside. It’s also common for carpenter ants to have an outdoor nest, appearing indoors only to get food or water. Carpenter ants live in dead trees, rotting logs and tree stumps. They prefer to burrow into damp wood rather than dry wood.
In urban surroundings, carpenter ants will make their homes in telephone poles, house porches, pillars and roofs, windowsills and wood that comes in contact with soil. Pest Management, Inc. professionals can combine chemical and non-chemical solutions to ensure that workers, eggs, larvae and the queen of a carpenter ant colony are exterminated.
Carpenter Ant Bites & Treatment
While carpenter ant bites are not poisonous and do not carry disease, worker carpenter ants can inject formic acid into the skin, which can be very painful. This is their defense mechanism against other insects and ant species when they’re threatened.
Most carpenter ant bites feel like a sharp pinch and do not need treatment unless the skin is broken. If this occurs, wash the area with soap and water, apply antibiotic ointment and cover the wounds with a bandage.
Treatment for carpenter ant infestations includes reducing conducive living conditions, insecticidal dust and/or liquid insecticide. The most rapid and effective pest control methods are those administered by trained pest control professionals. Contact a Pest Management, Inc. expert to discuss extermination options.