Carpenter Ants

Identification

Carpenter ants can range in size from 3/8 to 1/2 inch. Ants like most other insects are divided into different castes; workers, queens, and males. Carpenter ants can be identified by there waist with one node and there thorax with an evenly rounded upper surface.

Carpenter ants differ from termites by having a narrow waist, bent antennae, and are usually seen in the open where as termites are only seen when they swarm.

What Carpenter ants eat

Carpenter ants main source of food comes from proteins and sugars. They will eat dead insects as well as feed on meats, sugar, jelly, and other sweets. It is very important to note that while carpenter ants are wood destroying insects they don't actually eat the wood instead tunnels are made to pass through for the next feeding which makes ant treatment methods difficult to an untrained professional.

A carpenter ants habitat

Moist wood including trees, logs and firewood, both indoor and outdoor pose a risk of infestation by carpenter ants. Leaking faucets as well as water leaking behind tiles can create the perfect home for these little critters. In the kitchen carpenter ants make a home behind sinks as well as the dishwasher. It is important to fix leaks when they occur to cut down on the risk of carpenter ants making use of your home for their home.

Carpenter ant damage

Carpenter ants create tunnels in wood and don't actually eat it. The tunnels they create are clean cut, free of debris, and have a sanded appearance. The longer carpenter ants go unoticed the longer they can be creating damage in your home or business.