Termites Versus Carpenter Ants
Termites and carpenter ants are both insects that can cause serious structural damage to your home. The two insects share a number of similarities, but they have distinctly different castes. They are also mutually dependent.
Carpenter Ants are dark brown or black in colour and are a common pest in wood structures. They have a preference for rotting wood. They can cause structural damage to your home by making hollowed out beams and loadbearing columns.
Pavement Ants are smaller than carpenter ants and nest under concrete slabs, pavements, rock, and other outdoor materials. They usually enter your home through foundation cracks or through crevices in the walls.
Pavement ants don’t cause structural damage to your home, but they can undermine concrete slabs and paved walkways. They also travel along plumbing lines, electrical lines, and baseboards. They also have an acidic scent when crushed.
Carpenter ants are known to make nests in wooden beams inside your home. If they aren’t treated, they can cause significant damage to your home. They may cause your floors to slope, pillars to break, windows to stick, and framing to warp. They also produce satellite colonies throughout your home.
If you have a carpenter ant infestation, you should contact an expert to perform a professional inspection. Otherwise, you might end up worsening the problem.
Some ants can also cause damage to your property by eating valuable wooden furniture and structures. They can also make cracks wider than normal.