Carpenter Ant Identification

Carpenter ants, known for their ability to damage wooden structures, are a common household pest. These ants belong to the genus Camponotus and are widely distributed across various regions. They are often larger in size compared to other ant species, and their behavior of excavating wood to create nests can cause significant structural damage over time. Understanding the characteristics and habits of Carpenter ants is essential for effective control and prevention. Carpenter ants are a common pest that can cause significant damage to your property if left unchecked. At Arete Pest Control, we understand how important it is to identify and control these pests before they cause serious structural damage. Here’s what you need to know about Carpenter Ant identification and behavior.

Carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.) vary in size, with workers typically measuring between 6 to 12 millimeters in length. They have a robust build and are typically black, although some species may have a reddish or dark brown coloration. These ants have a distinct segmented body with a narrow waist (called a petiole) and elbowed antennae. Carpenter ants also possess strong jaws (mandibles) that they use for excavating wood and defending their nests. Their presence is often indicated by the presence of sawdust-like debris called “frass” near their nesting sites.

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter Ant Behavior

Carpenter ants are known for their destructive behavior. They don’t actually eat wood as termites do, but they do excavate wood to create tunnels and nesting areas. They prefer to nest in moist or decaying wood, but they will also nest in dry wood if necessary. This means that they can cause serious damage to your property over time if left untreated.

Carpenter ants are active at night and are most commonly seen during the spring and summer months. They are attracted to sweet or sugary foods and will often invade homes in search of food and water. They also have the ability to bite and spray formic acid, which can cause skin irritation and other health issues in humans.

Carpenter Ant Control and Prevention

  • If you suspect you have a Carpenter Ant infestation, it’s important to take action as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your property. Here are some tips for Carpenter Ant control and prevention:
  • Identify and eliminate any sources of moisture or water damage in your home, such as leaky pipes or damaged roofing.
  • Remove any decaying or damaged wood from your property.
  • Seal any cracks or openings in your home’s foundation, walls, or roof to prevent Carpenter Ants from entering.
  • Use baits or insecticides specifically designed for Carpenter Ants to eliminate the infestation.

At Arete Pest Control, we offer professional ant control services to help you eliminate Carpenter Ants and other pests from your property. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Carpenter Ant Control and Prevention


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