Carpenter ants are one of the most popular pests in the New York area. Carpenter ants are often found infesting homes and buildings during the spring and summer months. What does it mean when you see carpenter ants in the winter? Carpenter Ant

What do carpenter ants look like?

  • Carpenter ants are black or red in color.
  • Carpenter ants range in size from 3/8 to 1/2 inch.
  • The best method to identify carpenter ants is by the following characteristics:
    • A waist with one node.
    • A thorax with an evenly rounded upper surface.

What does it mean to see carpenter ants during the winter?

  • Seeing carpenter ants indoors during winter is an indication that there is an inside nest.
  • Sometimes, ants are brought indoors in firewood. Workers from firewood are not able to start nests in homes, nor do they damage wood structures in buildings.
  • Carpenter ant workers may become active during winter if the nest receives sufficient warmth from sunlight, mild outdoor temperatures, or from indoor heat.
  • When ants are active during winter they will forage at night, searching for moisture. It is common for a home dweller to enter a room early in the morning, turn on the lights, and see ants scurrying for cover.
  • Common places to see ants during the winter are on cabinets, sinks, dishwashers, rolled-up towels, bathroom tubs, sink and toilet areas, or other places where moisture is abundant. On a bright sunny day, ants may be seen walking randomly through different areas of the house.
  • Carpenter ants may exist in a house during winter but not be noticed. If the nest exists at a site that does not receive sufficient indoor heat or sunshine, e.g. a north-facing outside wall, the ants will remain dormant until spring.

Carpenter ants begin swarming late winter into early spring. If you begin to see ants around your home, do not attempt to get rid of ants with over the counter products or ant DIY measures. These methods can spread and create a larger problem, in order to eliminate carpenter ants; the nest needs to be located and destroyed. Carpenter ants can contribute property and structural damage by chewing galleries in wood to create their nests. Contact your Clifton Park ant removal specialists, whether it’s one ant, ten ants, piles of sawdust or other signs of ants. Do not let these insects continue to damage your structure, contact Thomas Pest Services for a free inspection.

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