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Common Signs of Carpenter Ant Infestations in Frederick Homes

May 24, 2022

Carpenter ants are unwanted guests in your home and wreak havoc on your belongings. The ants, which may be between ½” to ⅝” in size, are black, brown, or even red.

Common Signs of Carpenter Ant Infestations in Homes 

Fully evolved carpenter ant colonies can contain up to 10,000 ants! Most remain in the nest, with only 10 to 15 percent leaving the nest for food. 

Carpenter ants venture out when the temperature reaches 45 to 50 degrees. You may see them early in the morning or late at night. When the weather is dry, the ants begin to search for food.

Here are some signs that your home may have a carpenter ant infestation at your Frederick, MD home.

a close up of black carpenter ants

Ant Trails

You may see trails of these large red or black ants in the grass near your home or in your home.

Discarded Wings

You may find swarmer ants’ discarded wings in tiny cracks in your home. You may also find them in floor joists, ceilings, and walls. 


Carpenter ants are clean when constructing their tunnels, and they push out dirt and sawdust. This is called frass. It may be found around the foundation of your home, in crawl spaces, or at the base of a wall. 

Faint Rustling Sound

Carpenter ants make a rustling sound when they dig at the wood in your wall. It is a faint sound, heard when you press your ear to a suspected piece of wood. 

Carpenter Ant Prevention: Do’s and Don’t’s

carpenter ants on a brick surface


  • Identify whether you have carpenter ants or another type of pest, like termites
  • Find a way to keep the ants from coming back
  • Use caulk to close up any crevices or tiny openings
  • Call a pest control company to solve the problem with their skill and expertise


  • Ignore the problem
  • Don’t leave food or dirty dishes out
  • DIY methods shouldn’t be your only course of action
  • Don’t place plants, trees, and wood chip mulch around the outside edge’s your home’s foundation

Carpenter Ants FAQs

a closeup of one ant

Do you still have questions about carpenter ants? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and their responses. 

Do carpenter ants eat wood?

Carpenters ants don’t eat wood, but they make their nests out of moist, damaged, or wet wood. These ants eat grease, plants, and other little pests. 

What does carpenter ant damage look like?

You will typically see piles of wood shavings or the actual ants.

How are carpenter ants different from termites?

Termites are white with large heads. They eat wood and may also cause structural damage.

Professional Ant Control and Removal Services

carpenter ants eat some crumbs

Phenom Pest Control embraces Integrated Pest Management (IPM.) Our company uses the business model of inspection, treatment, and prevention. We identify signs of carpenter ants and look for entry points.

For treatment, we apply a pesticide dust material. We also treat the perimeter of the structure and the carpenter ant’s nests. 
For prevention, Phenom Pest Control will discuss issues of moisture. We offer professional services for pest control to keep ants away. Contact us today for more information.


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