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CARPENTER ANTS


Camponotus
  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact
Carpenter ants get their name from their habit of boring and building their homes in wood.
They exist in many species and vary from ľ inch to 1 inch.
They prefer damp and rotting wood which they use to build their nests. Unlike termites, they donít consume this wooden component.
The black carpenter ant is endemic to the united states
Size : 5/8 inches
Shape : Oval
Color : Range in color from red to black   
Legs : 6
Wings : Varies
Antenna : Yes
Common Name : Carpenter Ant
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda   
Class : Insecta
Order : Hymenoptera
Family : Formicidae
Species : Camponotus
DIET
They consume high calorie food such as fat, sugary compounds and processed food. Externally they feed on other insects, honeydew and nectar.
They bore old and rotting timber both inside and outside the house where they get to establish their colonies.
They can live both indoors and outdoors in decaying wood or timber.
They mainly attack window frames, roof eaves and decks which are vulnerable to moisture.
Use insecticides especially in arts of wood that have been attacked.
Use timber preservatives to protect the wood. You can also use insect repellents on vulnerable wood.
Carpenter ants donít carry disease, but when building a nest inside a home, Carpenter Ants dig smooth tunnels inside the wood. These tunnels weaken the wood and potentially damage the wood that keeps the house standing. This kind of damage can be very expensive to fix.
They donít transmit disease but are known to damage wood that has been used in construction. Normally they leave behind saw dust called ďfrassĒ whenever they bore into wood. Wood attacked by them does not have mud like that of termites.
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