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Carpenter Ant

 

Characteristics  
Size:  Up to 5/8-inch long.

Color:  Varies from black, brown and black, red and black, to light brown depending on the species.The two most common pest species are black in color.

 

Behavior   Carpenter ants feed on a wide variety of foods, especially other insects. The favored food of adults is the sweet honeydew produced by plant-feeding insects, such as aphids, scales, and mealybugs. In the spring, mature colonies produce winged reproductive ants, called swarmers, that fly out to start new colonies. These swarms often occur from satellite colonies within homes, so homeowners may see large flying ants in their homes at night.

Habitat   Carpenter ants are the most common pest ant seen in homes throughout the northern United States. The main colony must have a constant source of moisture to survive, so it is usually located in dead wood outside. This includes dead limbs, tree holes, stumps, landscape timbers, and so forth. Indoors, a main colony will have to be associated with a water leak or an overly wet, poorly ventilated crawl space or attic.The main colony may establish satellite colonies that are the primary source of ant activity inside homes.These satellite colonies may be located in any suitable void (e.g., hollow doors, curtain rods, shower rods), under attic insultation, etc.These ants set up trunk trails between the main colony to satellite colonies and between satellite colonies. Foraging ants can most easily be seen along these trunk trails at night when the ants are most active. Sometimes, the trunk trails occur beneath the ground following tree roots.

Tips for Control   Carpenter ant control involves tracking down and treating as many satellite colonies as possible inside and outside of the home as well as attempting to find and treat the parent colony. Accessing the parent colony may be difficult because it might be located high in a tree or on a neighboring property. In such cases, carpenter ant baits are suggested. Control methods include:

  • Store any firewood away from your home and remove any dead wood or wood scraps from around the foundation.
     
  • Trim dead limbs from trees and remove stumps. Rid your yard of these potential nesting sites.
     
  • Make sure that all plumbing or roof leaks are sealed, and check crawl spaces for excess moisture.
     
  • Water from rain gutters should be directed away from your home and not be allowed to accumulate close to the foundation


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Advance Carpenter Ant Bait

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Acrobat Ant

► Argentine Ant

Big Headed Ant

► Black Field Ant

► Carpenter Ant

► Citronella Ant

► Crazy Ant

Fire Ant

► Ghost Ant

► Harvester Ant

► Leaf Cutter Ant

► Little Black Ant

► Odorous House Ant

► Pavement Ant

► Pharoah Ant

► Thief Ant

► White Footed Ant

 

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