Carpenter Ants — Quick Facts

  • Large black or brown carpenter ants, winged or wingless, can cause serious damage if permitted to remain in the structural wood of a building.
  • Winged carpenter ants often are mistaken for termites, a more serious problem.
  • Winged ants inside or outside a home year-round indicate an infestation; seasonal presence is not as serious.
  • Locating all nests is the most important and difficult step in controlling carpenter ants.
  • Preventive measures will guard against carpenter ant infestations.
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