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Do Carpenter Ants Bite?

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Big Blue Bug Solutions has been helping homeowners in Southern New England for over 80 years; over time our professionals have heard and seen it all! This is why we encourage anyone who has a question about pests to not hesitate and contact us with any type of pest control question! Specific pest questions that we receive a lot from homeowners are about carpenter ants, and more specifically- “do carpenter ants bite”?

The short simple answer to this question is, yes. Yes, carpenter ants have the potential to bite people. Carpenter ants are a large species of ant with adults growing up to ½ of an inch in length and their jaws are strong enough to break the skin of a person. After inflicting a bite, they have the ability to spray formic acid into the wound in a further effort to cause pain and defend themselves against a perceived threat.

With all that being said, carpenter ants are not considered an aggressive species and will usually only bite if they are disturbed and/or feel threatened. In general, you don’t need to run in fear from carpenter ants, but you probably shouldn’t be handling them either. Carpenter ant bites usually only occur in the case of very large infestations.

It is important to remember that bites are not their main threat; the main threat of carpenter ants nesting on your property or in your home or business is the major structural damage that they can inflict. Carpenter ants tunnel through and nest in the structural wood of homes. If they are not treated quickly and by someone who knows what they are doing, they can cause enough destruction to damage the structural integrity of a building. Repairing damages from carpenter ants can be time-consuming and costly.

Also, unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wood that they tunnel through; instead like most other ant species they will travel throughout the home, usually ending up in the kitchen and pantry areas. They will forage for and contaminate any food sources that they come across in your home.

So now that you understand that the dangers from carpenter ants are much more than bites, what do you do? At Big Blue Bug Solutions, we always suggest being proactive and acquiring professional help. The professionals at Big Blue Bug Solutions have the experience, specialized products, and commitment needed to get rid of carpenter ants from your home and property.

Our carpenter ant treatment includes a thorough inspection, recommendations for repairing any areas that are attracting carpenter ants to your property, and a customized treatment plan. And we are so confident in the effectiveness of our carpenter ant control services that we back them up with a one-year carpenter ant warranty!

Don’t wait for carpenter ants to bite you, take action and “bite” first with carpenter ant solutions from Big Blue Bug Solutions. Contact our experts today for more information!