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.