In their natural habitat, carpenter ants, are beneficial insects. They excavate
galleries in wood and meticulously finish and clean surfaces, earning
themselves their name. Their galleries open up damp and rotting wood so
decomposers, such as other insects and fungi, can start working. They also
feed on many pests.
They are the largest domestic common ant, measuring
from 6 to 14 mm in length for the brown or black workers, and more than 25 mm for the queen. In late spring and early summer, mature colonies
develop reproductive castes, which have wings and swarm in mating flights,
often making a nuisance of themselves in and around homes. Outdoors,
they nest in moist wood, such as stumps, landscape ties and wooden fence
Carpenter ants may roam infested buildings throughout the year, searching
for food at considerable distance away from the nest. In some colonies,
they are dormant for several weeks during the winter months. Carpenter
ants concentrate glycerol in their tissues to reduce freezing over the
winter. Although they chew through wood, leaving sawdust like particles,
they do not eat wood. Instead, they feed on a wide range of insects, plant
materials and on occasion human food. All waste is dumped through the
nest opening, so the nest is kept clean. This behavior often reveals the
Prune all trees and shrubs that touch the house to prevent ants from using branches as a "highway" on which to travel to the building. Store firewood well away from the house, bringing indoors only that which is free of ant infestations and that which can be burned immediately. Permanent solutions to Carpenter ant infestations require correcting structural problems that allow moisture to dampen wood.
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