What Causes More Damage, Termites, or Carpenter Ants?

Termites and carpenter ants often have a lot in common than many homeowners are aware of. These two wood-destroying pests can cause severe structural damage to a property – making them one of the biggest motivators for pest control calls. Emtec Pest Control can not only help identify termites and carpenter ants, but we can also ensure that the best treatment methods are leveraged to keep your home from receiving more damage from these hard-working pests. We can even help eliminate other pests that may be present! 

Nearly 90% of the homes within the United States are built with wood framing. If a termite or carpenter ant infestation has occurred and remains untreated, this can result in expensive damages that are required to keep your home stable for years to come. In fact, both of these pests are responsible for billions of dollars in damage each year and can only be eliminated with the support of a pest control professional. But which of these pests causes more damage, and how can homeowners in Oklahoma ensure they are protected from termites or carpenter ants? 

Why Do These Pests Cause Damage?

One of the most significant differences between termites and carpenter ants is how they damage the wood. Termites will often chew through wood and other cellulose-based building materials as their primary food source. This is generally because they will enter a home’s walls near the foundation and leave little to no signs of their presence until extensive damage has already been done. One quick way to determine if termites are present on a property is to look for mud tubes near outer walls or the foundation of a home. 

Carpenter ants create extremely neat tunnels and galleries throughout wood for nesting purposes. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants do not consume wood and instead discard it as a fine wood material like sawdust. This behavior actually weakens wood from the inside and causes instability. A long-term infestation that includes multiple colonies working in conjunction can often mean serious structural damage is happening as well as cosmetic damage that can decrease the curb appeal of a home or make it a little less comfortable when spending time indoors.  

While there is likely no clear-cut winner on who is responsible for the most damage annually, termites are known to cause an estimated $500 billion each year. Unfortunately, trying to determine which pest is present may be difficult for many homeowners, making professional help critical for success. If treated early, severe structural damage may be avoidable with specialized treatment options. Whether you have termites or carpenter ants, the experts at Emtec Pest Control can help remove them and ensure your home remains protected for years to come. 

Call Emtec for Immediate Service

If you’re ready to get serious about termite control or ant control for your home or place of business, give your local Certified Sentricon® Specialists a call. You can schedule your FREE, no-obligation inspection today online or on the phone. Call us at (918) 663-0613 or contact us to get started!

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.