Carpenter Ants

A major cause of structural damage
Carpenter Ants are the one ant who is not just a

nuisance pest!

Big black ants in the Northeast are almost always Carpenter Ants and Carpenter Ants can range in size from about 3/8 of an inch long to 1/2 inch. Carpenter Ants are wood-destroying insects that threaten to damage your property.

Carpenter ants cause damage by excavating wood to make room for their growing colony. If left untreated, Carpenter Ants damage can be extensive and expensive.

The top pest control services implement Integrated Pest Management (IPM) protocols, which emphasize prevention and the judicious use of chemical applications as part of an overall cost-effective, long-term treatment plan.

Use of IPM

Comprehensive Pest Control follows Integrated Pest Management (IPM) protocols, which cost-effectively removes the infestation and minimizes the chance of a re-infestation. The particular treatments will vary depending on the determined nature and severity of the infestation. A full treatment consists of applications to wall voids as well as a perimeter spray for large or established colonies, while a spot treatment may be used for new or localized infestations. Baits can also be effective carpenter ant control measures because of the ants’ food-sharing behaviors.

When and Where Carpenter Ants Are Active

In Massachusetts, carpenter ants become active in May with peak activity in July, and become dormant in October. An interior nest is the likely cause of carpenter ants emerging during the winter or early spring.

Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants do not eat wood. The main food source for carpenter ants is honeydew from plants.  Carpenter ants are mostly active foraging for food at night.  Going in and out of the house to gather there food. They then feed and groom each other as they are a very social insect. By doing a thorough treatment of the exterior foundation the ants pass on the residulal material and the colony or colonies die off.

Comprehensive Pest Control gives you a warranty all the way to the end of the year 12/31.

How to tell the difference between a

winged carpenter

ant and a winged termite


A carpenter ant has a thin, narrow waist. A termite has a broad waist.


As with all ant species, winged carpenter ants have jointed, elbowed antennae. Winged termites have straight antennae.


Carpenter ants have two pairs of membranous wings with the front ones being larger than the hind ones. So, a winged ant will have front and hind wings of different lengths. In contrast, termites have front and hind wings of equal length. Call (774) 287-0690 to get help NOW!
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