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.
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 colony.
The first step to dealing with an infestation of carpenter ants in the home is to locate the next. If the nest is inside the house, dust toxic to the ants such as boric acid can be puffed into small holes drilled into the walls. If the nest is outdoors in a stump or log, it can be sprayed with comme
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 galleries in moist or decaying wood.
Kill carpenter ants by using boric acid, an odorless and non-staining compound available in dry powder or liquid form, writes Orkin. Puff the boric acid into cracks or crevices that carpenter ants use to navigate around the property. Combine liquid boric acid with a food attractant for best results.
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, depending on the severity of the infestation.
Advance 375A Ant Bait, Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel and Taurus SC are effective products for killing carpenter ants, according to Do It Yourself Pest Control. Alpine Ant & Termite Foam and D Fense Dust are also highly rated products.
Carpenter ants gain access to a house through tiny cracks or small openings such as those created by plumbing or wiring. They are frequently found inside walls, in ceilings, under outdoor siding, in the wood near foundations. They dwell near downspouts or roof gutters, in floors and insulation. Nest
Carpenter ants bite when their nests are disturbed. Biting is a defense mechanism for the carpenter ant, which uses its strong wood-cutting mandible to ward off any potential intruders.
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.