Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order
to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels
inside the wood. Carpenter ants range in size from one-quarter inch
for a worker ant to up to three-quarters inch for a queen.
||Varies depending on species, from red to black or a combination. The two most common species are black.
All species mainly attack wood that is or has been wet and damaged
by mold. Even though these ants first invade wet, decayed wood,
they may soon begin building paths through dry, undamaged wood.
They usually come into buildings through cracks around doors,
windows, or through holes for wires. They will also crawl along
overhead wires, shrubs, or tree limbs that touch the building far
above the ground.
Carpenter ants build their nests outdoors in various wood sources,
including tree stumps, firewood or landscaping. They need a
constant water source to survive. They will enter homes through
wet, damaged wood.
Carpenter ants damage wood through their nest building. If they
gain entry to a structure, they pose a property threat.
Because carpenter ants require a water source, eliminate sources of
moisture or standing water. Keep tree branches and other plants cut
back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into
your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings
around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get
into your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are
not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks