carpenter ant damage Getting rid of carpenter ants can be one of two things: incredibly simple or incredibly difficult. An example of an incredibly simple Carpenter Ant problem is simply the infestation of a tree stump in the front yard. Sometimes the presence of swarmers (winged carpenter ants), which are often mistaken for termites, isn't even indicative of an established colony in the home, but a colony found just outside of the home. In the case of my father's home, however, I imagine it is going to be incredibly difficult because the shear number of swarmers (hundreds) coming up through the floor denotes a rather large, established colony. Chances are he'll have to have some serious structural improvements made once the infestation is taken care of. Timbers will have to be replaced