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... More »

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To eliminate carpenter ants, remove wood debris around the home, eliminate the ant's food and water sources, and treat the area with a commercial pesticide. Eliminating the infestation may require several weeks, dependin... More »

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Carpenter ants are anywhere from 2.4 to 13 millimeters in length, and they are black, brown, red, orange or yellow, according to Orkin. The color and size of carpenter ants vary based on the species and even within a col... More »

Carpenter ants have a varied diet, feeding on sugar, meat and other insects. They also eat honeydew, a secretion from aphids. They are sometimes thought to eat wood, but this is untrue; instead, they chew and dig out gal... More »

Carpenter ants are anywhere from 2.4 to 13 millimeters in length, and they are black, brown, red, orange or yellow, according to Orkin. The color and size of carpenter ants vary based on the species and even within a col... More »

Carpenter ant infestations are indicated by piles of wood shavings, the presence of smooth holes in wood and the emergence of large, winged ants from the structure. Worker ants don't have wings and aren't necessarily a s... More »

Carpenter ants can weaken the structure of wood given enough time, according to the University of Minnesota Extension. The level of damage gradually increases and depends on how long a colony has been present. More »

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