There is often a pile of wood shavings, debris, dead insects and other debris outside nest openings. Although the damage caused by carpenter ants is not as severe as the damage caused by termites, carpenter ant nests may cause significant damage over a period of years.
Also, can carpenter ants eat your house?
CONTRARY to popular belief, carpenter ants will not eat your house. Unlike termites, which live in the ground but eat wood voraciously and can do considerable damage, carpenter ants prefer to establish their nests in hollow areas and inside moist wood.
How long can carpenter ants live without food?
Carpenter ants can live for well over six months without food or water they can survive temperatures down to -1 F, and will resort to cannibalism so that the colony can survive for long periods.
How do I get rid of carpenter ants in my house?
Try a boric acid bait.
- Buy boric acid at a garden supply store.
- Mix with powdered sugar, in a ratio of about 1/3 sugar to 2/3 boric acid.
- Fill bottle caps with the mixture. Set down around the area where you observe the ants.
- When they return it to the nest, it will kill the ants in the nest.