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About Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants have got their name from the way they destroy the wood that makes up your house and furnishings. Although they don’t have an apetite for wood as termites do. They chew and excrete it to create paths for themselves and their hundreds of relatives. Carpenter ants can be identified by the appearance of random mounds of particles that resemble wood shavings.

Carpenter ants come in a plethora of sizes and colours, although they are typically huge (1/4-1/2 inch) and blackish in appearance. Swarms of winged carpenter ant reproductives will occasionally appear inside a residence. Carpenter ant swarms are most common in the spring and indicate that a colony is nesting inside the building.

The increased size and shape of their antennae, waist, and wings differentiate winged carpenter ants from termites.


Carpenter ants harm wood by hollowing it out for nesting, in addition to being obnoxious by their presence. They dig smooth, sandpapered-looking tunnels in wood. Termite-damaged wood does not contain a mud-like substance, as does carpenter ant-damaged wood.


Shredded wood particles, resembling coarse sawdust, are discharged from the galleries via preexisting fractures or slits created by the ants. When such clumps are discovered (usually including dead ants and fragments of insects that the carpenter ants have devoured), it’s a good sign that a carpenter ant nest is nearby. However,  excavated sawdust is frequently hidden behind a wall or in another secret location.


Aside from the presence of workers and/or swarmers, the emergence of tiny holes on the surface of wood is the sole outward evidence of a carpenter ant infestation. The ants use them to discharge trash, which includes sawdust-like shavings, insulation pieces, and insect body parts.


The first step in eradicating a carpenter ant infestation is to locate the nest. It can be removed or chemically treated after it has been discovered. All moisture conditions that the ants determined to be favourable must be eliminated. Serious structural damage to homes and buildings can be averted if caught early. However, if these ants go unnoticed for a long time, they can cause significant damage to structures. When surviving individuals begin burrowing and feeding, DIY control approaches sometimes entail improper practices, which might allow the colony to return.

Client Testimonials

The company is prompt to respond and they follow up with texts and emails. Mudssar did a professional work for us, helping us to evict carpenter ants who made a nest somewhere in our house. He gave us the instructions before and after the treatment. So far we are happy.
Respicaire Tube
Respicaire Tube
12:54 07 Jul 23
I contacted GTA Pest control on a Thursday 7 PM before the July 1 long weekend and they were kind enough to accommodate me an appointment next day (Friday) which was so appreciative. The exterminator came on time and did the job well. Issue is resolved now. Thanks to Sidra and her Team in GTA Pest Control.
Alokendu Bhattacharya
Alokendu Bhattacharya
00:19 11 Jul 23
Thank you Ahmed for your service. Ahmed was early for the appointment, professional and thorough. He explained the procedure and was very friendly.
lucy vetta
lucy vetta
18:11 30 May 23
I’ve been using this company for 6+ years now. They always do a great job so I have them come out every couple of years to do treatment in the house to keep those mice away! The joys of living near a ravine.
Christine Rodolfo
Christine Rodolfo
19:59 08 Feb 23
They were so organized and helpful when I called to book an appointment. And the person who came to our house to spray the wasp nest was very competent, knowledgeable and kind. Thank you!
Sanam Devine
Sanam Devine
18:38 31 Jul 23