Carpenter Ants or Termites? - Damaged wood

Do You Have Carpenter Ants or Termites?

No one wants to discover that they have pests in their home. When you do, however, it’s important to have them correctly identified. Without calling in a professional, you run the risk of damage being caused to your home. At Bob Gunn Termite Solutions, we have the knowledge and equipment to effectively identify and remove pests from homes.

Some pests are not so easily identified. The carpenter ant, for instance, is sometimes mistaken for a termite. Whilst the damage caused by carpenter ants is not as severe as the work of termites, they still can cause some havoc to your home and should not be left to go about their business. Read on and learn the difference between ants and termites.

Carpenter Ants or Termites?

How to Tell the Difference

Termites do look similar to carpenter ants when they are in their wing stage. However, if you look closely, you will notice some distinct differences.

Looking at the body, you will notice it is either straight or curved as though it has a waistline. If it is straight, then you are very likely looking at a termite, curved and very possibly a carpenter ant.

If you can spot their antennae, take notice if they are straight or bent. Straight antennae belong to termites and bent antennae to ants. The latter can also come in different colours whereas termites tend to be brown or black.

How They Work Differently

Termites feed on wood while carpenter ants like to burrow and live in it. You may think living in the wood is not so bad, but imagine if the colony is allowed to continue to grow and therefore expand their home in the wood. This will weaken the wood and risk collapse of the structure.

What to Look For

If you see large ants with wings fly out from ceilings and other crevices, then it is definitely time to contact a professional to have the situation checked out. Another telltale sign is wood shavings on the floor next to wooden items; these are some signs of possible carpenter ants.

Signs of termites are different again and there are a few various signs such as damaged wood that is buckling, spots that look as if there is water damage, and even smells like mould or mildew.

The only real way to tell what pest your home has is to contact our team at Bob Gunn Termite Solutions. We can assess the situation and discuss a plan with you on how best to deal with them.

If ants are, in fact, your problem, you may find this helpful in keeping infestations at bay.