are carpenter ants?
are a wood-destroying member of the ant family. They live in all areas
of the United States and feed on other insects and a variety of human
bees and termites, carpenter ants are social insects which live together
in colonies made up of different types of members. A carpenter ant colony
typically consists of males, queens and workers and may contain as many
as 3000-4000 ants.
and red and black, they are relatively large as ants go (1/4"-1 ½").
Carpenter ants are often confused with the termites because they can also
destroy wood, and the reproductives have wings. However, unlike termites,
they do not eat wood, but tunnel into it to make a nest. Carpenter ants
leave wood shavings known as "frass."
do they enter your home?
To find food-Carpenter
ants will forage up to several hundred feet and will eat most any household
To build a nest-The
original source of a carpenter ant nest is usually outside your home in
trees, a woodpile, or in the ground. When a colony increases in size or
the present nest becomes unsuitable, they will migrate. Depending upon
where they find ideal moisture conditions, they may build another nest
in another tree, woodpile or in your home.
do they get into your home?
may enter your home by:
- Crawling up the foundation wall
- Dropping from tree branches
- Crossing telephone wires
- Being carried into your home in firewood
ants have a broad diet and are known to forage as individuals (not in
trails) up to 300 feet from their nest, seeking food of both animal and
plant origin both indoors and outdoors. Unlike termites, carpenter ants
do not feed on wood, but with their strong mandibles they frequently excavate
wood when other cavities suitable for nesting are unavailable. Though
carpenter ants are primarily nocturnal foragers, their large size makes
even occasional encounters unpleasant for man people. Under some circumstances
such as when they are nesting in lawns or in logs in picnic area, they
cause a nuisance by biting people who inadvertently disturb them.
consume and contaminate many foodstuffs found in kitchens and storerooms.
They are particularly fond of sugar, honey, meat and butter. Outdoors
they feed on live or dead insects, including swarming termites. They can
cause increased damage to plants by tending aphids and other honey-dew
It does take
time for the treatment to control the infestation. The length of time
will vary among structures, but generally in 10-14 days it will be effective.
It is important
to remember you may continue to see carpenter ants outside because they
can be in your neighbor's trees, in woodpiles, etc., and will travel as
much as 200 feet in search for food.
This is of course
no cause for alarm. But if you see many carpenter ants indoors you may
have a problem and should call it to our attention immediately.
will carpenter ants make a nest in your home?
affected by water seepage (plugged drain gutters, leaking
door and window frames, etc.)
- Wood contact with the soil (porch supports, siding, stairs, etc.)
- Wood in areas of improper ventilation (cellars, crawl areas, attics,
- Void areas near a moisture source (hollow doors, under bathtubs, etc.)
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