Get rid of carpenter ants

Carpenter ants are the most common wood-destroying organism (WDO) pests found in Western Washington. They can establish satellite colonies inside homes or offices and use wall voids or crawl spaces to travel through a structure. These ants are typically black or reddish-brown in color and come in varying sizes.


Odorous House Ants
Moisture Ants

Carpenter Ants

Despite their absence in the winter, carpenter ants stay relatively active all year long. They typically spend the colder months sheltered while mining galleries and growing their colony. In the spring, mature colonies may produce winged reproductive ants called “swarmers.” These reproductives emerge to start new colonies. 

Carpenter ants can be found foraging at night during warmer months and can be heard in wall voids as they carve out wooden beams and braces. Ants you may find inside your home are likely from a satellite nest. The parent nest, which houses the Queen, can usually be found within 100 meters of the home in stumps, dead tree limbs, landscape timbers, or other wood debris. Carpenter ants begin by attacking water-damaged wood and are often found nesting in leak-prone areas such as crawl spaces, wall voids, and attics. 

If you still see carpenter ants in your home, even if you’ve successfully gotten rid of the carpenter ant nest, then it’s time to call the professionals at Sunrise. 

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