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Ants can…

  • Spread disease because they can scavenge for food in garbage areas, dog excrement and other unsanitary areas. These disease carrying organisms can then be tracked into our homes and onto our food.
  • Bite and Sting: There are some species of Ants such as Fire Ants that can both bite and sting and cause much discomfort.
  • Have unsightly ant trails and mounds. In some instances ants have caused cracks in paths due to their excavations.
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Carpenter ants pest controlAs the name suggests, carpenter ants gouge timber out to build their nests. They are aggressive wood destroyers and can cause significant damage to timber.

They tend to mine timber, which is unlike termites who consume it. In the excavation process they will put small holes in the timber to access the outside world.

Through these holes they will dump their excavated timber and rubbish. So, in a way they are quite smart in the way they go about their work.

Carpenter ants are quite common throughout Australia, but in different states, their behaviour will change to suit the environment.

A professional pest control technician from Jim’s will know what signs to look for.

Carpenter ants do not eat timber

You would assume with the name carpenter ants, they would eat timber. This assumption is incorrect however, as the timber has no nutrients for them.

They are protein eaters and survive of insects that live on plants. Their favoured food source is Aphids, which is why most of the time you will find them on tree trunks.

When there is an abundance of food supply created by ideal weather conditions, the colony will rapidly grow. The growing numbers of carpenter ants will require the nests to expand, hence more damage to the surrounding timbers.

How much damage can carpenter ants cause?

Carpenter ant colonies are usually quite small. A colony can consist of just 3,000 workers. If, however the food supply is plentiful this colony may expand to 10,000 – 15,000.

An average termite colony is 400,000 to 500,000 strong. Termites are the most destructive timber pests in Australia. The reason for this is they eat timber as part of their diet.

Carpenter ants on the other hand do not consume timber for food. Rather the remove timber to cater for an expanding colony. For this reason, they do not cause massive amounts of damage to buildings.

How do you know if you carpenter ants?

To detect carpenter ants is relatively easy. Unlike other timber pests like termites these ants work above ground.

Often you will see them climbing trees to hunt for aphids and other insects. In some cases, you may even spot a shield type structure. When it is broken open you will see a steady stream of ants.

These shields offer the carpenter ants protection from predators like birds. Most of the time this shield structure is mistaken for termite mudding.

It is quite different to termite workings. Termite workings tend to be a find mud like structure, whereas carpenter ant structure is grittier. It is put together with small pieces of material they scavenge.

If it is broken open it may take weeks or even months to repair. Termite workings when damaged will usually be repaired in the day.

Should I worry about them?

Carpenter ants will not demolish a house or building like termites do. However, if they chew on a structural piece of timber, they can cause issues.

As soon as you spot them you should get them treated. This will involve calling in a professional like Jim’s Pest Control as they can be quite tricky to treat.

If you want a local pest control expert to help you with your carpenter ants, termite or pest control requirements, please call Jim’s on 131 546, or use the contact form here to get in touch

Set up a guaranteed program to control ants in a building and it’s surrounding environment and advise how you can help reduce future problems.

  • Inspect: We will carry out a survey and report our findings.
  • Bait: We will apply special bait which is licensed and formulated for Ant control. This is very safe for you and your children and pets. The bait is applied to out of reach places for your added peace of mind.
  • Dust: We may apply dust to your roof void, subfloor and in your wall cavities.
  • Surface Spray: We may apply a special surface spray which is licensed and formulated for Ant control. This is applied to the perimeter of your home or building.
  • Stock: Ensure regular stock rotation and also inspect incoming food stock.
  • Storage: Ensure food is stored above the ground and clear of walls.
  • Garbage: Ensure your garbage is kept secure and locked.