- Colour Reddish brown to dull black, ranging in hues from red to yellow
- Size Up to 25 mm long
- Body Carpenter ants have six legs and a single, narrow segment connects a bulbous abdomen and a smooth, evenly-rounded thorax.
- Notes All carpenter ants have large mandibles that open horizontally like scissors and a pair of elbow-shaped antennae.
Why do I have carpenter ants?
Carpenter ants nest in moist wood under decks, on porches, around windows, inside roofs, and in other areas which are exposed to the weather. These pest seek protection from predators and the weather, as well as easy access to sources of food.
These pests feed on other insects, both alive and dead, as well as plant nectars and juices, honeydew, syrup, jelly, sugar, salt, fruits, meat, grease, and fat. In the homes, they are attracted to meats, sugar, honey, jelly, grease spills and pet food.
They usually enter homes and other buildings through cracks and other openings in the foundation or along tree branches abutting the roof.
How worried should I be about carpenter ants?
Renowned excavators, carpenter ants use their powerful jaws to loosen and remove wood debris when tunneling or building nests. This means chewing through wood in the home, and hollowing out decorative and structural material, causing huge damage.
When they chew on the wood, they also discard the shavings, which pile up like sawdust beneath the entrance hole of the nest.
While carpenter ants rarely bite humans, their mandibles can tear through human skin, spraying formic acid in the process, causing a burning sensation.Reaction to carpenter ants bites various from individual to individual; which in most cases is mild.
Although carpenter ants can take time to do significant, you only need to spot a few large ants to be sure there is an established colony somewhere in your home. To eliminate this infestation properly and keep the ants away, you need professional pest control services.
How can I prevent carpenter ants invading?
Remove wood debris from around the house, Move wood piles away from structures, Trim back surrounding trees and shrubbery, Check gutters and downspouts are free-flowing, Clean up crumbs and food spills immediately
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