A Swarming Black Carpet: Carpenter ant invasion

04/20/2011 at 4:22 pm 2 comments

One ant inside? No problem.

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.

Hundreds of ants inside? Big problem.

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.

Carpenter ants don’t eat wood, they just tunnel through it. A friend said she once knew she had a nest because she could hear the ants chewing inside the walls. Photo: OSU

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.

Entry filed under: Current Events, Pests and Pest Control.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rachel  |  04/20/2011 at 7:33 pm

    Ew ew ew… As someone who is anything but comfortable around bugs, I sympathize. Here’s hoping they depart for greener pastures soon.

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