There are two distinct species of carpenter ants in Georgia: the black carpenter ant, which is more common in north and central Georgia, and the Florida carpenter ant, which you’ll generally find closer to the Florida border. Black carpenter ants are black, with yellowish hairs on their abdomens, and Florida carpenter ants have black abdomens but are otherwise dark red.
Al kinds of carpenter ants are most active at night, from late spring through early fall. That means we’re right in the middle of Carpenter Ant Season, and they are looking for spaces to nest! When they’re scoping out your house as a potential place to live, what are carpenter ants looking for?
While these pests can burrow through all kinds of wood, they tend to prefer wood that’s been softened by moisture, as it’s easier to tunnel through. Don’t make it easier for carpenter ants to move in! Keep your seals tight, repair leaks quickly, look out for existing water damage, and make sure to stay up-to-date with your residential services from Progressive Pest Control. Ants also look for ways to cross from existing nests to new sites, so if you have trees near your home, make sure their branches don’t hang on your roof!
Don’t try to fight a carpenter ant infestation on your own. If you’re worried your home is being overrun by these pests, contact Progressive Pest Control and let us handle it.