carpenter ant

Carpenter Ants

I’ve got them. What do I do?


Carpenter ants do not have hammers

Carpenter ants don’t have hammers, nails and saws and little tool belts like Bob the Builder. But carpenter ants, when you see them, make you think that they will do house damage like a termite. Actually, they don’t eat wood like a termite, they just tunnel in it (not as bad structurally to your house as a termite, but minor bad).

Carpenter ants do their nesting, usually where the wood is moist from that water leak you never got around to fixing. They also tunnel in foam insulation which this writer can attest to, because he had a huge infestation in his house in New Jersey.

Termites are white not black

Ants in the house? Black carpenter ants are about a 1/2 long, a dull black, do not sting and do their thing at night…but you do see them in the daylight as well. The signs of termites are very different. Termites will never be seen and they are white.

Carpenter ants, like other ants need food and water and if you eliminate these, the ants move on. And they do it in a long line…commonly called an “ant highway.” Many have been amazed at that highway scene with hundreds and hundreds of ants marching in their parade across your floor or patio.

carpenter ants destroying house foundation


  • Good maintenance routines are the secrets of the natural ant repellent. Keep plants, bushes trees from touching the house, fix those water leaks, clean up spills, etc. Visit our page explaining the control of little “normal brown ants” for more information on dealing with any type ant using either chemical or natural ant killer organic control.
  • DO NOT USE FIRE ANT or baits designed for other ants…you will be wasting your money if you do.
  • PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: If you are unable to solve the pest problem, contact your local pest control specialist.