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Carpenter Ants

Class: insect
Other names:
big black ant
light/dark black to light red
excretions of plant lice, nectar, sweet juices and other insects
damage wood
Interesting Fact: 
worker carpenter ants can lift 7 times their own weight. It is as if a man lifts a car with his teeth!

How to Tell if You Are Dealing with Carpenter Ants in Maryland

Use the picture to visually identify the ants: carpenter ants are fairly large and are typically black or dark brown in color, but may also have some light red parts. Interestingly, they don’t eat the wood, but they do make tunnels in it to establish connections between the different sections of the nest.

Their favorite food comes from the excretions of plant lice, such as aphids, called honeydew. Their nest can become fairly large with thousands of workers, but only one queen. These nocturnal insects can travel long distances from their nest looking for food up to 300 feet away from the colony.

Look for the following signs if you suspect a carpenter ant infestation:

  • Wood shavings on the floor that look like saw dust, often mixed with dead ants
  • Swarming winged ants
  • Presence of live ants foraging for food
  • A rustling sound heard inside the wooden structures

If you have carpenter ants, you likely have a moisture problem

Carpenter ants get their name from their nesting habit, which is living in water damaged wood. In nature, they live in the hollows of live and dead trees or stumps. On your property, they may find a home in wall voids, insulation, hollow doors and any other wooden structures with excess moisture.

Call Brody Brothers Today to Reclaim Your Home from Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants just live inside the wood, unlike termites that also eat it. This makes carpenter ants less of a danger to your home’s structural integrity.

However, when a population of carpenter ants is left untreated, the colony will grow and spread, taking over more resources and causing serious damage. It’s better to contact a pest control professional at the first signs of an infestation. Call Brody Brothers today to discuss your ant problem:  443-379-8857.


Do these ants seem different than the ants you found in your home or commercial building? Take a look at our Ants Page to see some of the other ant varieties included in our pest control services throughout Maryland.

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