Immediately after being bitten:
- Wash the wound. Clean the bite site with soap and warm water.
- Use antibiotic ointment. Apply this to the wound if the skin is broken.
- Bandage the wound. Do this only after thoroughly cleaning the bite site.
- No scratching. Wounds may itch for several days.
- Use ice packs.
Keeping this in consideration, how bad are carpenter ants?
Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants do not actually eat the wood. Rather, they hollow it out in order to nest inside, which may result in structural damage. Also unlike termites, carpenter ants generally take years to cause significant damage.
Are carpenter ants aggressive?
With all that being said, carpenter ants are not considered an aggressive species and will usually only bite if they are disturbed and/or feel threatened. Carpenter ants tunnel through and nest in the structural wood of homes.
What attracts carpenter ants in a home?
They are also very attracted to honeydew, a sweet liquid produced by aphids and scale insects. Aphids and scales feed on trees, shrubs, and other plants. Indoors, carpenter ants feed on meats and pet food, as well as syrup, honey, sugar, jelly, and other sweets. Carpenter ants DO NOT eat wood.