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Other names: big black ant
Color: light/dark black to light red
Diet: excretions of plant lice, nectar, sweet juices, and other insects
Hazard: 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!
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.
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.
Some other signs that indicate you have a carpenter ant infestation are:
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.
Contact us online or give us a call at (410) 653-2121 to schedule pest control in the Baltimore area.
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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