Carpenter Ants : For Ant Control Call Royal Pest in DE, PA, MD and NJ
Color: Varies depending on species, from red to black or a combination. The two most common species are black.
Shape: Segmented; oval
Size: 5/8 inches
Other: Antennae; they fly; winged swarmers
Carpenter ants excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood (formicarium).
Why they are a problem:
A carpenter ant infestation can cause severe property damage.
- Excavate wood in order to build their nests
- Build nests in deteriorating, moist wood
- Often the colony will extend its nest into adjacent, sound wood
- Are commonly found in porch pillars and roofs, window sills, telephone poles, live and dead trees, rotting logs and stumps and wood in contact with soil.
- Do not actually eat the wood removed during nest-building activities; rather, deposit it outside entrances to the colony in small piles.
- They can convey a painful bite with pronounced mandibles and injection of formic acid into the wound.
Finding the SOLUTION:
- CHECK WOOD AROUND DOORS AND DOWNSPOUTS; KEEP WOOD DRY; REPLACE ROTTED WOOD: They attack wet or moldy wood
- INSPECT YOUR HOME AND ELIMINATE ENTRY POINTS: They come in 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.
- REMOVE ANY OLD, ROTTED WOOD OR STACKS OF WOOD: Carpenter ants build their nests outdoors in various wood sources, including tree stumps, firewood or landscaping.
- ELIMINATE ANY STANDING WATER OR SOURCES OF MOISTURE: They need a constant water source to survive.