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Does the presence of carpenter ants in a house indicate that there are probably also termites?
Friday, June 22, 2018
While it is possible to have both carpenter ants and termites infesting the wood of your house, one does not attract the other and they do not have any kind of symbiotic relationship. In fact, they are natural enemies. Carpenter ants like to raid termite colonies to eat the termites.
Carpenter ants bore into the wood in your home to create nests, but they are not recognized as a “Wood Destroying Organism” (WDO) by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) because they do not actually eat the wood like termites, wood-destroying beetles, and wood-decay fungi. See our blog post Do carpenter ants cause structural damage to houses in Florida? to learn more.
Carpenter ants are occasionally confused with termites by homeowners, but they are much larger than termites. Two termites will fit easily on the head of a match, and the photo of a termite above is tremendously enlarged.
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To learn more about termites, see these other blog posts:
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