Before you read about carpenter ants and their characteristics take a look at
the list of not so nice effects ants have on their human adversary:
They are capable
of transmitting disease!!!!!!!!!!
They sting and bite.
They contaminate our foods.
They nest in our lawns or
homes, creating a considerable amount of damage.
They attract other
destructive insects such as aphids and scale that attack ornamental plants.
They chew on various
kinds of fabrics.
They chew the insulation
from wires and other equipment.
They have been known to
kill young poultry, birds, livestock and game.
About Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are relatively easy to identify. Predominantly, they are
blackish or very dark bodied in color with workers ranging in size from 1/4" to
3/4" and sporting large mandibles. With these rather large mandibles, they
can bite or give a strong pinch when threatened.
Carpenter ants DO NOT eat
wood. They create hollowed out areas in the wood for nesting which
somewhat resemble termite damage.
Although carpenter ants
prefer moist or unsound wood, they are quite capable of burrowing in sound
wood to create a comfortable home for themselves.
Carpenter ants nests can
be found outdoors in various locations such as a hollow pipe, decaying stumps,
fence posts, large pieces of decaying or sound wood, an inviting stack of
firewood and cracks, crevices and other cavities in your home.
Indoor nests may be found
porches, roofs, window sills, doors, behind baseboards, fireplaces, shingles,
and other hollow areas that can easily be converted to nests.
Carpenter ants may be
carried into your home on firewood or enter through other various ways and
establish a colony inside your home.
Foraging ants are also
able to enter your home via tree limbs or wires touching the house.
Carpenter ants will often
invade a home for food and travel from a nesting area outside the home over
established feeding routes.
If you suspect you have a Carpenter ant problem, we
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