Asked by: Flores Benavente
asked in category: General Last Updated: 8th January, 2020

What is worse termites or carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants and termites both present a risk to your home, but while either can cause considerable damage to wooden structures, the termite will invoke significantly more damage than the carpenter ant and will accomplish it in a shorter period of time.

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Similarly, you may ask, are carpenter ants as bad as termites?

Carpenter ants may not be eating the wood like termites, but they can still excavate a lot of wood and can cause structural problems just like termites. Carpenter ants have very large, strong jaws (mandibles) to tear out chunks of wood.

should I be worried if I see one carpenter ant? If you see a single reddish or black ant, with a single node between its abdomen and thorax, anywhere inside your home, it is time to be worried about carpenter ants. The singular reason you should worry is because carpenter ants don't always feed inside a house they are infesting.

Besides, how do you tell if you have termites or carpenter ants?

Body shape: If you look at the insect's body shape, take a good look at the abdomen area. A termite has no "waist,” instead, its body is more rectangular, without any narrowing in the center. In contrast, the carpenter ant has a very well-defined narrow, constricted waist.

Do carpenter ants die in the winter?

Carpenter ants don't die in winter, but colonies may remain dormant when temperatures drop. This depends on the situation and how much the temperature drops in their nesting area. However, if their nests stay warm enough due to mild outdoor temperatures, carpenter ants may skip their hibernation phase altogether.

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