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Carpenter ants are often confused with termites. Unlike termites they have pinched waists and elbowed antennae. Just like termites, there is a winged version too. Carpenter ants are one of the most common, but most difficult of the ants to control.

There are several ways to recognize a carpenter ant infestation:

• Swarmers: Winged carpenter ants that swarm are often mistaken for termites. Remember ants have pairs of wings that are of unequal length and a pinched waist. If you see the winged form of ant in any number indoors, you have a problem.

• Sawdust: If you see sawdust raining from your ceiling or from any indoor cracks, you have a problem.

• Ants Rule #1: If you see more than 10 ants a day in any room other than the kitchen, you have a problem.

• Ants Rule #2: If you see ants in your home and the ground outside is frozen, you have a problem.

• Crunching Noise: If you hear munching, rustling or crunching noise coming from within a windowsill, wall or ceiling, you have a problem.

• Galleries: Ants are fastidious. Looking at damaged wood you will find their tunnels are clean and the walls of the tunnels almost look as if they were sandpapered smooth, unlike the messy termite tunnels.


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