All About Carpenter Ant Bites

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If you have a carpenter ant infestation in your home, you’re not alone. They’re common pests in Houston and Austin. These critters can cause real structural damage to your home, so it’s important that you get them removed as soon as possible. But that’s not the only issue with carpenter ants.

Carpenter ants have strong mandibles (lower jaws), so when they bite, you’re probably going to feel it straight away. So, in today’s blog, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about carpenter ant bites, including what to expect if you’re bitten and how to respond to a bite.

What are carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants are commonly found in Texas. They’re roughly a quarter of an inch long and often black, brown, orange, or a combination of the three colors.

While only small in size, carpenter ants can cause a lot of damage to your home. And pretty quickly, too. They can build nests inside the wood of your home, potentially causing dangerous (and costly) structural damage.

Carpenter ants love moist areas near food, and they especially love sweet food, greasy food, and meat and eggs. So, if you’re going to get a carpenter ant infestation, it’s likely to be near a refrigerator, or another source of food.

What to expect from a carpenter ant bite

When someone is bitten by a carpenter ant, it’s very rarely serious and, and it’s not all that likely that you’ll get bitten by carpenter ants if you have an infestation. 

They usually bite in an act of self-defence if their nests are disturbed. The bites don’t contain venom or spread diseases. However, if you do get bitten, you might experience:

  • Redness of the skin
  • A pea-sized lump at the site of the wound
  • A burning or stinging sensation

Carpenter ants can spray formic acid when they feel threatened. You may have a stronger burning or stinging sensation if the spray gets into the bite wound.

What to do if you’re bitten by a carpenter ant

In most cases, you won’t need to take action after being bitten by a carpenter ant, other than making sure you keep away from the infestation.

You can treat the bite by cleaning the area, holding a cool compress on it, and applying an antiseptic cream.* Avoid scratching the wound as much as possible. 

It’s not always easy for people to tell insects apart, so you may not be 100% certain that you were bitten by a carpenter ant. Other types of bites can be more serious (or you may be allergic) so, if you’re experiencing swelling, or worsening symptoms, it could be time to call your doctor.

*We’re not doctors, we’re green pest control experts! With that in mind, check with a medical professional before using any products you’re unsure about.


Natran is a green pest control services, helping homes and businesses in Houston and Austin, Texas. We’re able to quickly remove carpenter ants from your home and prevent them from coming back. 

If you have carpenter ants or another kind of pest, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us at 281-326-9884 and we’ll come to help you as soon as we can. Click here to find out more about our ant control services in Houston and Austin.

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