Signs of Carpenter Ants vs. Termites

Termite vs Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants and termites are alike in that they can cause a lot of damage to your home—but that’s about where the similarities end. Let’s explore the signs of carpenter ants vs. termites, and how Nature’s Way Pest Control, serving upstate New York and Vermont, can offer expert insights and solutions to safeguard your home from destructive pests.

What do termites and carpenter ants look like?

Carpenter ants have a body with three segments and pointed wings. The front wings, which are much larger than the back pair, often have a black dot on the tips. Their antennae are bent, like an elbow.

A termite’s wings are twice as long as their two-segmented body. They’re also quite fragile. Termites have very straight antennae, and vary in shades of white, brown, and black. 

Do termites and carpenter ants cause the same kind of damage?

The signs of carpenter ants vs. termites are different, but both can do serious structural damage to your property.

The most notable distinction between these two pests is that termites eat the wood. It is a source of nutrition for them, so they prefer healthy wood. Carpenter ants, on the other hand, burrow into the wood in order to nest. They’re more likely to show up in moist, damaged wood.

If you’re struggling with a termite infestation, you’ll find ragged tunnels with lots of dirt, mud tubes, and significant damage that could include hollow sounds when you knock on wooden structures. Carpenter ants leave smoother tunnels in moist wood structures, and there’ll likely be wood shavings outside the tunnel holes. 

Which is worse, carpenter ants vs. termites?

Carpenter ants create tunnels and spaces to live within the wood, whereas termites actually eat the wood they infest—and they’re not picky, so even the soundest, sturdiest wood is an attractive option. Termites alone cause billions of dollars of damage to U.S. homes every single year.

Both of these pests pose a serious threat to the structural integrity of your home, but termites can cause lots of damage in a short amount of time regardless of the condition of the wood. That’s why it is so important to identify which one you’re dealing with as soon as possible.

How can I get rid of carpenter ants and termites?

The best way to prevent and/or avoid problems with carpenter ants or termites is to engage a professional pest control expert. That said, there are DIY preventative and extermination options for both carpenter ants and termites—but those methods are unlikely to have any sort of lasting effect on a major infestation. If you don’t get ‘em all, the critters you miss will likely settle back in and create another problem you’ll have to manage down the line. 

Speak to the carpenter ant and termite experts in Upstate New York and Vermont

Are you still unsure if the damage to your home is a sign of carpenter ants vs. termites? Contact Nature’s Way Pest Control for a free inspection by a professional exterminator. Please call (518) 471-2219 for services in Albany, Glens Falls, Saratoga, or as far north as Plattsburgh, NY. For experts in Rutland, Burlington, and western Vermont, call (802) 230-1112

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