Carpenter Ants Pest Control

Carpenter Ant Pest Control

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ApolloX Pest Control will remove carpenter ants from your home quickly, efficiently, and safely.

Carpenter Ants Pest ControlCarpenter Ants Pest Control: Identifying Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants range in size from one-quarter inch to up to an inch.

  • Workers are wingless, dark shiny brown to black in color, and 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. They may be seen crawling around inside a residence.
  • Winged reproductive forms resemble workers in color and shape but are up to 3/4 inch long.
  • The body is constricted between the thorax and the abdomen.
  • The antennae are elbowed.

Carpenter Ants Pest ControlCarpenter Ants Pest Control: Where Carpenter Ants Live and Breed

Contrary to common belief carpenter ants do not eat wood. They excavate the wood in order to build spaces for their nests, hence the name “carpenter”. In their natural habitat, carpenter ants aid in the decomposition of dead, decaying trees. They normally nest in logs, stumps, and hollow trees. However, the large, dark-colored workers often invade homes in search of food. Homes built in wooded areas are especially subject to infestation.

Carpenter ants can enter your home through small cracks around windows, doors, or wire holes. They build their nests outdoors in various wood sources, including tree stumps, firewood or landscaping. They need a constant water source to survive.

A carpenter ant colony has one wingless queen and many sterile, wingless, female workers. It also has white, legless larvae and, at certain times, winged females and males. The eggs are white and the pupae cocoons are tan. Usually, a colony does not produce winged males and queens (the reproductives) until it is several years old and has about 2,000 to 3,000 workers. Approximately 200 to 400 winged ants develop in the summer, remain in the nest through the winter, and leave the nest the following spring or early summer.

Carpenter Ants Pest ControlCarpenter Ants Pest Control: Damage Caused by Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants seldom tunnel into dry, sound wood, but they may excavate moist, rotting wood and other soft materials (such as foamed plastic insulation board) to make satellite nests, then continue to burrow into dry, undamaged wood. Rarely will the expansion of a nest into a building’s wooden timbers cause structural damage.

Carpenter Ants Pest ControlCarpenter Ants Pest Control: Carpenter Ant Prevention

  • Eliminate standing water around your home and dry out moist areas.
  • Prune back trees and shrubs that might be touching your house.
  • Calk cracks and openings around the base of your home. Weatherstip windows and doors.
  • Stack firewood well away from your home. Insects build nests in stacks of wood.

Carpenter Ant Pest Control

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See Also:

Pavement Ants

Citronella Ants

Termites

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