A Swarming Black Carpet: Carpenter ant invasion
Carpenter ants are swarming across the ceiling and down the eaves like a throbbing, growing, living black carpet. One falls making a soft thud as it hits the kitchen counter top. Then five more: thud, thud, thud, thud, thud.
That fifth thud. That’s about when I lost it.
Carpenter ants are a common spring-time pest in the Pacific Northwest. They come out of the literal woodwork when the weather warms. I’ve seen them before, 3/4-inch long ants with wings—but never like this. Never a full infestation.
I haven’t slept at home in two days. I’d like to say I’m researching a non-lethal control method, but in truth I’m waiting for the fumes of my initial attack on the colony to clear. We all have our limits. This might be mine.