ant swarmWe offer quarterly treatments and year-to-year preventative maintenance for carpenter ant removal. Most of the control can be executed from the outside of your house, but interior chemical applications can be carried out if necessary.

We also provide prevention and control services for small ants, pavement ants and odorous house ants.

Contact Magic Touch Exterminating today at 646-935-9889 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for all of your carpenter ant control needs in the Long Island area.

 

Q. How can I tell whether the winged bugs around my house are carpenter ants or termites?

A. Both carpenter ants and termites fly and swarm around during their spring mating season. You can tell the two apart by looking closely. Carpenter ants have narrow waists, bent antennae and wings that are longer in the front than in the back. Termites are lighter in color, have straight antennae and no waists, and their wings are all the same size.

Q. Do carpenter ants eat wood?

A. No. Carpenter ants chew tunnels inside moist or decayed wood to make their nests, but they do not eat the wood itself. Still, this tunneling can cause extensive damage to a home.

Q. I've noticed piles of wood shavings near my wooden siding and front steps. What does that mean?

A. Those sawdust-like piles are called frass, and they are a classic sign of carpenter ant infestation. The ants push out chewed wood through the openings of their tunnel-like nests.

Q. What can I do to get rid of carpenter ants?

A. A professional pest control service  is the best way to treat a carpenter ant infestation. Once the ants are eliminated, you can help keep them from coming back by making sure your house is ventilated. Carpenter ants are attracted to moist, soft wood. If you use firewood, store your pile well away from the house, preferably on an elevated platform to keep moisture from getting in.

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Carpenter ants are most active in the spring and fall. They live in trees and wooden structures, burrowing into the wood to make their nests and pushing the leftover shavings outside. These large black ants prefer soft or rotted wood, so homes with water leaks or other moisture problems are often infested. During mating season, winged carpenter ants (often mistaken for termites) can be seen swarming around.