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An Engineer can assess the structural impact of any carpenter ant damageCarpenter ants can infest a house or building and cause structural damage.  Their diet includes termites, so the two usually do not co-exist in the same area of a building.

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An Engineer assesses the structural impact of any carpenter ant damage.  If repairs are needed, the expenses are included in the expense analysis provided in the inspection report.

Carpenter ants do not eat wood.  Carpenter ants excavate wood galleries to create nests.  Since carpenter ants do not use wood as a food source, their damage to a building's structure is limited.  Nonetheless, carpenter ants can damage a building's structure.

A qualified pest control specialist should be called in to recommend control options to control an existing carpenter ant infestation and recommend control options to help prevent future carpenter ant infestations.  Check the National Pest management Association website for more information on carpenter ant inspection and treatment options.

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A qualified pest control specialist cannot assess the structural impact of carpenter ant damage.  You need a Professional Engineer to assess the structural impact of any carpenter ant damage.

More About Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants live in colonies containing three castes, winged and wingless queens, winged males, and workers.Carpenter ants are among the largest ants found in buildings.  Carpenter ants live in colonies containing three castes, winged and wingless queens, winged males, and workers.  Worker ants have some brown coloring while queens are black.  Worker ants have large heads and a small thorax.  Carpenter ants have constricted waists and elbowed antennas.

Winged male and female carpenter ants (known as swarmers) emerge from mature colonies, usually from early Spring through mid-Summer.  After mating, the male ants die and newly fertilized females establish a new colony in a small cavity in wood.  A mature colony can take six years to develop, and may contain 4,000 carpenter ants.  The larger worker ants guard the nest, battle intruders, and explore for food.  Workers travel as far as 100 yards from their nest for food.  Smaller worker ants expand the nest and care for the young.

Carpenter ant nests are usually established in soft, moist wood.  Occasionally, nests may be established in an existing dry wood cavity.  Worker ants cut galleries in the wood to expand the nest.  These galleries are irregular, with smooth walls.  Shredded wood fragments, which look like sawdust, are carried from the nest and deposited outside.  An active carpenter ant colony produces a distinct rustling sound similar to the crinkling of cellophane.

Trust a Licensed Engineer to assess the damage from carpenter ants.

The Difference Between
Termites And Carpenter Ants

Flying ants and swarming termites can be difficult to tell apart.  Flying ants have elbowed antennae, while termites have relatively straight, bead-like antennae.  Flying ants have two pairs of wings, but one pair of wings is much larger than the other pair.

Termites have two pairs of wings that are of almost equal length.  The thorax of the ant is joined by a narrow waist, while the termite's thorax is broadly joined.  Regardless of whether you see ants or termites, you should have the situation evaluated by a qualified pest control specialist.

Pre-Purchase Inspections

During the inspection, the Licensed Engineer examines, analyzes, and/or reports on (as appropriate based on the building):

Structural
System
The
Foundation
Heating
System
Electrical
System
Plumbing
System
Hot Water
System
Roofing
System
Leaders &
Gutters
The
Siding
Termites
 
Carpenter
Ants
Exterior
Trim
Basement
Water
Rotted
Wood
Appliances
 
Air
Conditioning
Windows
And Doors
The
Interior
Carbon
Monoxide
Mold
 
Asbestos
 

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Heimer Engineering serves the Metro New York area, including New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island), Long Island (Nassau County, Suffolk County), and Upstate New York (Rockland County, Putnam County, and Westchester County).

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