Carpenter ants are considered one the largest ants in the United States, with a range from 3.4 to 13 mm long. Black is the most common color for carpenter ants, however there are some species that are reddish or yellowish in color.
Carpenter ants can be found residing both outdoors and indoors. Usually in moist/damp decaying or hollow wood. Carpenter ants cut galleries into the wood grain to make their nests and to provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest. When they do this activity you will commonly see bits of wood shavings mixed with parts of dead ants. The wood and dead ant mixture can be clues to lead you to the nesting location. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood, they just chew through it. They tend to eat other insects but they have been known to eat meat and sweet foods that people eat.
What are the signs of Carpenter Ants?
Usually the first sign is seeing the carpenter ant workers, doing their job out foraging for food.After the colony has become established and matures swarmers (winged ants) are often seen.
The debris that is produced from tunneling in the wood. The wood shavings mixed with a bit of dead ants is a sign of carpenter ant nesting activity.
Occasionally there are reports of a “rustling” sound. The rustling sounds are the carpenter ants working away and chewing on the home’s wood.
When dealing with carpenter ants it is important to find the nest. Once the nest is found, it can possibly be removed or treated chemically. You should call you pest professional to help properly identify the type of ant and to set up a treatment plan. The pest professional will determine whether the nest should be removed or if it should be chemically treated. In most cases carpenter ants will not cause structural damage to the home, but if they are left untreated for a long period it is a possibility.
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