Carpenter ants drill through wood and while they are very large for ants in North America, they are actually still quite tiny. The holes they make are only a bit larger than a pinprick but there are ways to tell if they are present in your home or on your property. It is best to contact professional carpenter ant exterminator Hamilton in the Greater Toronto Area to declare your home ant-free as soon as possible!
If you have any old or rotting wood on your property you will need to get rid of it right away, don’t try to save any of it. Stumps need to be hauled away and all wood needs to be hauled away as well. Old wooden sheds are a huge issue and are a great spot for carpenter ants to develop their primary colony. If you go outside and check around the wood you may even see carpenter ants running around, finding food for the queen and her babies.
If you are worried about carpenter ants on the inside of your house you should start searching corners, under windows, and basically everywhere for signs of fallen wings and dead ants with wings. When a colony reaches maturity they produce winged ants that reproduce in a flying show like a dance. The males die after and females shed their wings. If you find these wings then you definitely have more than one colony of ants in your home. You can also check walls and wooden furniture and fixtures for tiny holes, beneath the holes will be tiny piles of very fine powder-like sawdust, this tells you that you have some serious ant infestations going on. If you actually see a carpenter ant in your home that is a tell that there are lots of them, they tend to try to hide from humans.