Carpenter ants are quite large (up to an inch in length!) and make their homes in dead, damp wood. This usually consists of dead trees, but it becomes a problem when they decide to reside in the structures of our homes. While they don’t consume the wood like termites, they can still cause significant structural damage. So if you see large black ants crawling around your home, or if there are piles of sawdust where there shouldn’t be, you may have a problem! Call Burns and we’ll help you keep your home upright!
Carpenter ants are among the largest species of ant in the U.S. They range from 3-13 mm in length and are commonly black but sometimes carry a reddish or yellowish hue. Worker ants can be identified as they have large mandibles. These ants nest in both parent and multiple satellite colonies that consist of workers, older larvae, and pupae. They often create satellite colonies if there is adequate supply of food and water as they prefer very moist environments. They typically live in old, rotting wood that has been exposed to severe moisture. Although they do not eat the wood, they remove it and deposit the debris outside of their nests in small piles, which can be observed. This ant species is very tidy and keeps the interior of their nest smooth as sandpapered wood, removing deteriorated food or deceased ants from their nest. They even collect resin to use to create a chemical disinfectant! Although that may seem appealing, these ants are definitely not the house guests you want visiting you – they can be difficult to eliminate. One queen can live up to 25 years and have MILLIONS of babies throughout their lifetime!
Proper elimination of a carpenter ant infestation requires locating the parent colony. It's recommended you hire a professional to assist in identifying the parent colony and locating additional satellite colonies for eradication.
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