Are they carpenter ants or termites you think you see in your home? Or are they just regular house ants?
Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood. Instead, they tunnel through the wood while building or expanding their nests. They then discard the wood debris and fecal matter from their nests. This is an indication of their presence when looking for their nest.
Carpenter ants are social insects living in colonies and prefer wood with high moisture levels. Indoors they tend to nest in structural wood, wall voids, attic areas, insulation (foam or fibreglass), hollow doors, window & door casings or voids beneath kitchen / bathroom cabinets. Due to their relatively small size (1/4”-1”), these ants can enter a home almost anywhere such as cracks in the foundation or around window and door openings. Common house ants on the other hand are even smaller at 1/8”- 1/4”.
If you’re unsure what kind of insects are in your home, call a professional to reduce the likelihood of any wood damage occurring.