What are Carpenter Ants and Termites?
Carpenter ants, also known as sugar ants, reside in damp and decaying wood. They are mostly found in forested areas. They build their nests in woods, however, don’t consume them.
Termites, on the other hand, eat wood. The drywood kind are found in furniture and hardwood flooring. They thrive in warm humid climates and can cause moderate to severe destruction of property.
How to Spot the Difference between Carpenter Ants and Termites
Physical distinction between carpenter ants and termites
Carpenter ants are mostly black in color. There are some species that are red/orange and black in color as well. The wings on the front are larger than the hind ones and they measure anywhere between 1/2″ and 5’8″. The antenna is elbowed in the case of carpenter ants.
Termites have straight antenna and are either dark brown or black in color. They measure 3/8″ in length. The wings of termites are of the same size and easily breakable. The wings are longer than the body.
Where can you find carpenter ants and termites
Carpenter ants can be found on porch floors, columns and pillars. They can also be found in gardens where the wood is in contact with soil and branches of trees. They are easily found in firewood piles, stumps, window sills and sometimes even in appliances and electrical equipment.
Termites can be found on wooden floors, mud tubes and furniture. Termites can also be found in dark places of the house, for example, a dingy basement without windows, doorways, sills, porches and any surface in contact with soil. If you spot discarded wings or hollow wood around the house, it is likely that it is infested by termites.
Damage caused by carpenter ants and termites
Carpenter ants looks for decayed wood and then make their way to sound wood in homes and businesses. They chew but do not eat the wood. Once they are done chewing, the texture appears almost sandy. Damage is hard to spot, however, if you spot ants regularly around a structure you should seek professional help.
Termites cause more permanent damage to property than carpenter ants. Homes primarily constructed of wood are not the only ones that are threatened by termites. Other materials can cause termite infestation as well since they are capable of cutting through plaster and can be found feeding on floors, ceilings, walls, cabinets and wooden furniture. It is sometimes difficult to spot the damage as it can be internal and until severe damage is done, it can go undetectable. In that case, a professional pest control company’s help should be taken to assess the situation otherwise it can lead to severe damage.
If you find a swarm of either of these insects in your house or business place, you should immediately seek professional help before the situation worsens. For effective New Jersey termite control and New Jersey carpenter ant control, trust Horizon!