What Miami-Dade County Property Owners Need To Know About Carpenter Ants

December 11, 2020

Ants are by far one of the most common pests in the United States, and Miami-Dade County is no exception. There are many species of ant in the area, and they can all be a big problem considering the fact that they are extremely invasive and often have large colonies.

carpenter ant crawling on wooden table

However, there are some ant species that are much worse than others. While some ants are mostly just nuisance pests, the carpenter ant can actually cause property damage. This is because they tunnel through the wood as they use it to build their nests and grow their colonies. So, they can do damage in a similar way to termites and end up costing you a lot of money in repairs.

Another problem with carpenter ants is that they can be difficult to tell apart from other species which means you might not realize the damage that’s being done until the infestation has gotten out of hand. To help you recognize carpenter ants and tell them apart from other species, we’ve put together a short guide to their appearance:

  1. They are a winged species, and they all have wings except for the queen.
  2. They are dark brown or black in color.
  3. Their heads are heart-shaped.
  4. They also have a single-node that attacks their abdomen to their thorax while many ant species have two nodes.

How Much Damage Can Carpenter Ants Do?

While you likely associated the destruction of a wooden structure with termites, carpenter ants can do similar kinds and levels of damage. In general, termites can cause more destruction in a shorter time frame, but carpenter ants can also significantly ruin wooden structures and items on your property over time.

They aren’t going to eat the wood, but they will burrow into it. This means they can damage wooden flooring, support beams, wooden doors and frames, foam installation, drywall, wooden decks, and much more. If the infestation goes unchecked, it can quickly become large as carpenter ants can be invasive. Plus, just like with many other ant species, carpenter ants can also contaminate food sources and often get into your food or any pet food you have around.

Simple Ways To Help Prevent Carpenter Ants

Given their ability to destroy property and contaminate food sources, it’s a smart idea to take steps to prevent a carpenter ant infestation before it even begins. Keep in mind prevention steps aren't a guarantee you won’t have carpenter ants, but they can reduce the chances. Here are a few of the easiest and most effective carpenter ant prevention tips:

  • Get rid of any decaying or water damaged wood on your property
  • Stack firewood neatly and store it at least 30 feet away from your home or other buildings
  • Keep carpenter ants out of your food by storing people and pet food in airtight containers
  • Address underlying moisture problems by fixing any leaky plumbing
  • Make sure that basements and crawl spaces are well-ventilated

What Should You Do If You Notice A Carpenter Ant Infestation?

As soon as you notice any signs of a carpenter ant infestation, the best way to handle the problem is to contact the experts at Amco Pest Solutions. If left alone, a carpenter ant infestation can quickly grow out of hand and cause property damage that can become extremely costly. The easiest way to protect your home from these destructive pests is to let us at Amco Pest Solutions handle the infestation. With over 85 years of experience, you can rely on our customer service and flexible options. To request your free inspection, or find out more, contact us by phone or online today. 

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