What Are Carpenter Ants?


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Carpenter ants are six-legged insects that typically create nests in moist wood environments, such as tree stumps and other forms of dead wood. They are commonly identified by their black or dark brown coloration, evenly rounded thorax and single-node body segment.

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What Are Carpenter Ants?
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Carpenter ants use wood as a building material for their nests. The nest environment must be kept moist in order to keep eggs from drying out, causing them to seek out dead tree stumps or rotting wood as homes. They commonly build parent nests with several satellite nests in the surrounding area.

They have an omnivorous diet and typically feed on sources of protein and sugar, such as other insects and sugary substances, such as honeydew, which is produced by aphids.

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