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Carpenter Ants 101

Carpenter ants range in size from 1/4″ – 1/2″ long. The working ants are dark brown to black and have elbow shaped antennas. You will also notice that their front wing is longer than their hind wing. If you look closely, you will find that their head is shaped similar to a heart. Most times people mistaken carpenter ants for termites, but the main difference is that carpenter ants do not consume wood. They place the wood in small piles outside of their nests. Carpenter ants feed on insects and food people eat, such as meats and sweets.

Breakdown

Color Size # Legs
Black 1/4 in – 1/2 in Six

Danger/Destruction Rating

Carpenter Ants 101

Carpenter ants range in size from 1/4″ – 1/2″ long. The working ants are dark brown to black and have elbow shaped antennas. You will also notice that their front wing is longer than their hind wing. If you look closely, you will find that their head is shaped similar to a heart. Most times people mistaken carpenter ants for termites, but the main difference is that carpenter ants do not consume wood. They place the wood in small piles outside of their nests. Carpenter ants feed on insects and food people eat, such as meats and sweets.

Breakdown

Color Size # Legs
Black 1/4 in – 1/2 in Six

Danger/Destruction Rating

Signs of an Infestation

There are a couple of signs you should pay attention to if you start seeing Carpenter ants around your home, as this may be a sign of an infestation. The most obvious sign is just seeing these type of ants around your home. Once you begin seeing ants of these kinds in your home, you want to make sure to inspect certain areas around your home. Check any wooden windows, decks and doors to see if there are wood shavings. These are areas that they most often hang out at since they are attracted to moisture. These ants may not be nesting under your roof, but if an entire colony is chomping away at the wood structure of your home, this could lead to severe damage. You also want to listen out for faint noises of these ants chewing away at wood.

Signs of an Infestation

There are a couple of signs you should pay attention to if you start seeing Carpenter ants around your home, as this may be a sign of an infestation. The most obvious sign is just seeing these type of ants around your home. Once you begin seeing ants of these kinds in your home, you want to make sure to inspect certain areas around your home. Check any wooden windows, decks and doors to see if there are wood shavings. These are areas that they most often hang out at since they are attracted to moisture. These ants may not be nesting under your roof, but if an entire colony is chomping away at the wood structure of your home, this could lead to severe damage. You also want to listen out for faint noises of these ants chewing away at wood.

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