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Carpenter ants and termites are two common pests that can cause significant damage to homes and other structures. While they may seem similar at first glance, there are several key differences between these two types of insects that homeowners should be aware of.

Size differences

One of the most obvious differences between carpenter ants and termites is their size. Carpenter ants are generally larger than termites, with workers ranging in size from 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch. Termites, on the other hand, are much smaller, with workers ranging in size from 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch.

Diet

Another key difference between carpenter ants and termites is their diet. Carpenter ants primarily feed on a regular ant diet and do not consume wood, while termites feed on wood and other cellulose-based materials.

Detecting an infestation

Carpenter ants are also much easier to spot than termites, as they tend to forage for food in the open rather than consuming the interior of wooden objects and structures. This makes them easier to detect during an infestation. Termites tend to be much more elusive and their infestations can be more difficult to detect.

Control

You will also find differences when it comes to pest control between carpenter ants and termites. Carpenter ants can be controlled using a variety of methods, including the use of insecticides and baits. Termites, on the other hand, require more specialized treatment, such as chemical barriers, baiting stations and even fumigation. With that being said, it’s best to work with a professional when dealing with either one of these two pest insects. A pro will be able to use the right techniques and methods to ensure that a colony is destroyed quickly and completely. An incomplete removal, where the queen survives, will simply lead to the colonies being repopulated and the infestation continuing unabated.

Conclusion

In conclusion, carpenter ants and termites are two very different pests that can cause significant damage to homes and other structures. While they share many similarities, there are several key differences between these two insects that homeowners should be aware of. Understanding these differences can help homeowners take the appropriate steps to protect their homes from these damaging pests.

For more information on these two pest insect species, or if you suspect that either one of them is infesting your home, contact us today.