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large black carpenter ant swarmer in portland or

Have you noticed these large flying ants near your home or business?

If you have identified swarming insects inside or outside of your home or business, you were probably wondering what was going on. Many termite and ant swarms happen in the spring but this does not mean the fall is exempt. Often times a swarm can be a scary sight as hundreds of flying insects disperse at the same time. And while the actual swarming insects, aka “swarmers” are not a threat to you (just a mess to clean up) they are a sign of a colony nearby.

One of the biggest challenges in identifying an insect swarm is whether or not it is swarming termites or swarming ants. They do have a similar appearance at first glance but they are in fact quite different. Click here to refer to our previous post which highlights the difference between swarming termites and flying ants. It is very important to know what is swarming around your property because this determines which type of treatment is going to be necessary to get rid of the nearby colony.

Right now, as there have been sightings of swarming carpenter ants throughout Sprague’s Pacific Northwest and Intermountain region service area, home and business owners should be aware that these swarms are a sign of a much larger problem. Carpenter ants are in fact capable of causing extensive structural damage when they get inside of structures. Unlike termites that eat wood, carpenter ants carve out galleries in wood in order to house their nests but also considered a wood destroying pest.  

If you have witnessed swarming ants nearby your home, business, or even inside, then make sure that you contact the pest control professionals at Sprague Pest Solutions. Carpenter ants are not a DIY fix because until the entire colony has been professionally eradicated, the problem will continue to grow.

At Sprague Pest Solutions we provide comprehensive pest control services in Seattle, Portland, and Boise as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain region. We understand how important maintaining a pest free facility is which is why we are ready to help!