Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants

Quick Facts About Carpenter Ants
• Get their name from the fact that they excavate wood to make their nests
• The excavation leads to smooth tunnels inside the wood

What does a Carpenter Ant look like?
• Usually, black, red, or a combination
• Worker ants about ¼”
• Queen ants about ¾”
• 6 legs
• Antennae
• Segmented, oval-shaped

What do Carpenter Ants eat?
• Carpenter Ants do not eat wood like termites do. The wood has no nutritional value to them.
• Forage for food such as honeydew (secreted by aphids), juices from ripe fruits, and other insects
• Indoors, they feed on sweets, meat, cake, grease, and moist kitchen refuse

Where do Carpenter Ants live?
• Outdoors, Carpenter Ants live in various wood sources including tree stumps, firewood, or landscaping
• Indoors, they often enter through wood that is damp, wet, or already damaged because of the dampness

Are Carpenter Ants dangerous?
• Yes. The damage they do to the wood in the process of building their nest can weaken the wood and lead to structural failure

How can I prevent a Carpenter Ant infestation?
• Carpenter Ants require a source of water. Eliminate sources of moisture and standing water.
• Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house
• Seal cracks and holes around the foundation (ground level) of your house
• Store firewood or building materials at least 20’ from your home

How do I get rid of Carpenter Ants?
• If you suspect an infestation, it is recommended that you contact a licensed pest control specialist. Please call DKS Pest Control at (724) 478-5344.

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