Carpenter ants can be one of the most damaging pests in a home due to their nesting behaviors and their love for wood. These pests will nest in large colonies where there is about 12-15% humidity; they will also set up satellite nests elsewhere in the home once the main nest has been established. While they do not eat wood like termites do, carpenter ants do cause wood and structural damage. They hollow out the wood to nest, creating galleries, rather than ingest it, which weakens the structure. Carpenter ants build their nests in indoor and outdoor wood sources like tree stumps, firewood, landscaping and the framework to your home. Certain areas of homes are more vulnerable to carpenter ant infestations due to their ability to collect moisture over time. These include roof eaves, decks, porches and window sills.
Carpenter ants range in body size but can grow up to 1 in (25 mm) long. They do not pose a public health risk but they can carry bacteria that contaminates food and should be avoided. Most of the damage they cause as pests is structural.
If you have an ant infestation in your home, call Miller Pest & Termite for fast and professional pest control services in Des Moines.