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Signs Your Home Is Infested With Carpenter Ants

Signs of carpenter ants in your house

There are some things in life that are obvious. If your wallpaper is peeling off, it's obvious it needs replacing. If your toilet suddenly refuses to flush, it's obvious it needs to be repaired. And if you start hearing scampering, scratching noises inside your walls, it's obvious you have mice and need to do something about them. But some things in life aren't so obvious. Carpenter ants silently eating away at the inside of your walls are one of those things.

Call now at (940) 239-9786 or fill out a contact form for Carpenter ant control.

Are You Aware Of Carpenter Ant Destruction?

Most homeowners in our Texas service area are aware of the dangers of having termites. But fewer homeowners are aware that carpenter ants can cause similar destruction if given enough time to grow their populations. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of a carpenter ant infestation, so it can be stopped before too much damage has been done.

Warning Signs Of Carpenter Ant Damage

If carpenter ants have invaded your structure, there are several clues that may be apparent. Some of these clues may be obvious, others may be hidden.

  • The appearance of large black ants inside your living spaces. While termite workers always remain hidden, carpenter ants will often send out a few scouts in search of food. Worker carpenter ants are around 13 mm long, are black to brownish in color and they have one node between their thorax and abdomen. If you see 1 or 2 of these large black ants inside your home, it is possible there are hundreds, or even thousands, just out of sight inside your walls.
  • The appearance of frass. Frass, often referred to as sawdust, may start accumulating in certain areas of your home, underneath where carpenter ants are digging through your walls. This may pile up on walls or on the floor. But this frass is often hidden in places where you will not see it, such as inside wall voids or in crawl spaces.
  • Large "flying ants." Carpenter ant winged reproductives, also called alates or "flying ants" may be seen for very brief periods of time, typically in spring or fall. These are ants sent out from a mature colony to begin new colonies when the original colony has matured. They will appear only for around half an hour before finding a mate and disappearing inside a new area of infestation. They may also be found under mulch or other wood products in a yard.
  • Shed wings. If you miss the actual flying ants, you may still see their wings, as they shed these wings before disappearing again. These wings may be seen in places such as on windowsills and basement walls.
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What Homeowners Should Do About Carpenter Ants

  • Make sure gutters are working properly. To prevent carpenter ant damage, it is important to make sure you have no soft or rotting wood on your home. One way to do this is to reduce moisture on the outside of your home by directing all water away from your walls and foundation.
  • Seal up holes in your home. It doesn't take much of a hole for ants to squeeze through. Examine your foundation and walls and seal up any gaps, cracks or holes that you find.
  • Trim back vegetation from your home to allow the area directly surrounding your home to dry out after wet weather.
  • Eliminate food sources outside your home that may draw ants, and other pests, in close. Don't leave pet food outside, clean up after barbecues, and make sure all of your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.

What Homeowners Should Not Do About Carpenter Ants

If you see any signs of carpenter ants in your home, the one thing you should never do is ignore the warning signs. Don't wait for carpenter ants to cause damage. Adams Exterminating can help you determine the existence of carpenter ants (or other household pests) inside your home, and eradicate them before they can do extensive damage. And if these silent destroyers have not yet invaded, we'll make sure they never do. Reach out today to schedule a thorough inspection!

Call now at (940) 239-9786 or fill out a contact form to learn more about carpenter ant control.

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Why Choose Adams Exterminating?

  • Trained Entomologists & Service Technicians
    Our team brings a deep understanding of insect biology and behavior to create targeted pest control strategies. We're equipped with the latest techniques and technologies to effectively eliminate pests.
  • Customized Plans for Every Budget
    Recognizing that each space is different, we customize pest control services for every home or business. Our approach involves targeted solutions, addressing specific needs for your environment.
  • Trusted in the Community Since 1947
    With a legacy dating back to 1947, our pest control company brings decades of experience with a proven track record to keep your space critter-free.
  • Locally Owned & Operated
    As a locally owned business with offices in both Denton and Lewisville, we are rooted in the community and dedicated to serving our neighbors with personalized service.


Have questions? We are here to help. Still have questions or can't find the answer you need? Give us a call at 940-239-9786 today!

  • How many years have you been in business?
    We are a family owned, locally operated pest control company that has been in business since 1947. For over 75 years, our company has expanded its service area while continuing to provide exceptional customer service.
  • Do you offer pest control to businesses?
    Yes, we offer both residential and commercial pest control. We will work with the needs of your business to ensure that pests are not a problem. Furthermore, we understand the State of Texas’s Health and Safety Codes when it comes to pesticide use and pest control.
  • How long do I have to stay out of my home or property after treatment is performed?
    In situations where you have to be out of the property during and after treatment (flea treatment, roach clean-out service, or for health reasons, etc.), we recommend that you stay away until all products have completely dried. This is usually approximately two to four hours depending on conditions, after which time it is completely safe to re-enter the property.
  • Do you offer plans or bundles?
    Yes, we offer three different plans designed to meet your needs and your budget. Our perimeter, Home Guardian, and Home Guardian Plus are all designed to bundle your pest control treatment into a package that fits your needs. If there isn’t a plan that works for you, don’t worry, we will customize one that fits your unique needs.

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