Do Carpenter Ants Eat Wood?
Surprisingly, carpenter ants are a wood destroying insect but, unlike termites, they do not actually eat the wood in your home. They will tear the wood apart to make a new home. Carpenter ants typically feed off parts from other insects and nectar. They are also known to eat sugary substances like honey, syrup, and juices. Your kitchen is a paradise for the hungry ants.
It is springtime and the weather has turned warm. We will soon be getting hundreds of calls from people with carpenter ants invading their homes. In Western Pennsylvania, this is the start of our busy season. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants do not die in the winter time. Their activity slows do in the winter, but they do not totally die off. When springtime rolls around their activity returns, and they are looking for shelter and food.