How to tell the Difference between Termites and Carpenter Ants

difference between termites and carpenter ants

difference between termites and carpenter antsNashville and Murfreesboro TN

Are you finding signs of wood damage in your home? This can be evidence that your home is infested by termites, but there is another potential culprit… carpenter ants. Termites and carpenter ants are different species that require different methods of treatment so that they can be eradicated from your home. The trained Nashville pest control professionals at Ameri Care Services have the experience and know-how to identify termites from carpenter ants. Here are some tips for you to be able to tell the difference between these two varieties of pests.

Carpenter ants look black like so many varieties of ants. Unlike termites, which eat wood, carpenter ants burrow into the wood in order to build their nests and do damage to structures that way. Signs of infestation by carpenter ants include mysterious wood shavings developing underneath wooden items, seeing flying ants emerge from your walls in the springtime, noticing an unusually high concentration of ants anywhere in your home, or hearing sounds of scurrying or rustling noises in woodwork and walls.

Just seeing carpenter ants in your home does not mean they have infested your home

Carpenter ants actually are capable of traveling up to several miles away from their nest. The true indicator of carpenter ants is wood damage, in combination with sighting these ants. Wood damage from carpenter ants is characterized by clean and well-polished wood, a lack of mud, soil, and droppings, or large piles of uneaten wood at the surface of the tunnel.

Know the signs of termite infestation

Termites do more than $5 billion in property damage each year in the United States. These insects usually can be identified by their small, white bodies, and they feed on wood, doing potentially catastrophic damage to wooden structures. America is plagued by two varieties of termites—dry wood termites and subterranean termites. These pests live in groups known as colonies, and often develop wings when they reach the stage that they begin to reproduce.

Evidence that a termite infestation may be present might include blowholes in the trees, packed earth, the presence of winged termites or shedded wings, sagging floors and hollow wood in your home, or piles of termite frass—which looks like ordinary sawdust.

Treating for termites and carpenter ants in Mt. Juliet

When you buy a home, you are making a huge financial investment. Damage to wood from termites and carpenter ants can devastate your home leading to costly repairs. Our pest control technicians at Ameri Care Services can identify the signs of termites or carpenter ants, then treat for either. We offer one-time, monthly, and quarterly services, also offering guaranteed protection plans for termite infestations. Best of all you can benefit from our professional pest control with no contract required. We can provide services to suit your pest control needs, and are generally 10-20% cheaper than our competitors! Schedule an evaluation by one of our pest control professionals today by calling (615) 893-7111.

Ameri Care Services offers professional pest control for customers in the areas of Nashville, Mt. Juliet, and Murfreesboro in Tennessee.

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