Carpenter ants build their colonies primarily in moist or decayed wood in both inside our ousted environments. The "carpenter ant" gets its name from hollowing out wood to build their nest in such a smooth and sanded fashion like it was the work of a carpenter. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don't feed on wood, they eat living and dead insects.
Carpenter Ant Identification
Carpenter ants are usually red or a combination of red and black in color. Carpenter ants also happen to be some of the largest ants throughout the Unites States ranging from a 6 mm (minor worker) to the (wingless queen) at 20 mm long.
Carpenter Ant Habitat
Outside, carpenter ants nest usually build their nest in moist or rotting wood such as tree stumps, landscaping timbers, or boards lying on the ground. Inside, carpenter ants are usually found in the kitchen and bathroom areas where water has a tendency to leak such as behind bathroom tiles, around tubs and sinks, and under dishwashers. If found inside a home, carpenter ants are an excellent indicator of a moisture or leak problem.
Ants are at the top of the list when it comes to NY's pesky critters. They work together and inhabit households with extreme speed. In a matter of minutes your kitchen counters, bathroom sinks, or dining room floor can be covered with hundreds of thousands of ants. In an effort to scavenge for food and supplies they are capable of destroying a comfortable home quickly and making your life miserable.
A Sizeable Enemy
An ant colony can be anywhere from 300,000 to 500,000 in size. With the capability of lasting over a decade—these unrelenting insects will pop up unexpectedly and never go away.
All Bugs can inspect your property and in a matter of minutes you will be on your way to an ant free home. Common methods to get rid of ants are superficial—let us get under the surface of your pest problem.
Common Ant Facts:
Size and Shape: The ant has six legs like all insects and they are connected to a segmented abdomen that is oval in shape. They range in color from jet black, to browns and reds.
Environment: Ants live in a colony that is dominated by a queen. The different types of ants live in various areas of the world depending on the weather and habitat. Most are found in a hot climate.
Activity: Ants are all about building and sustaining their colony and queen. They are in constant search for food and supplies. They are separated into castes of workers and depending on the stage in their life they will care for the queen, forage for food and supplies, or protect the colony.
Interesting Information About Ants:
- The queen ant lays the eggs and the worker ants take care of them
- Ants can lift 20 times their own body weight
- If an ant finds a trustworthy food source they will leave a scent that other ants can follow
- Ant brains are the largest among all insects with an average of 250,000 brain cells
Don't let household ants take over your home. Call All Bugs today and we will help exterminate those irritating insects with our quick and safe methods.