Carpenter ants are usually large insects that vary in size and color. The workers are normally black and red and can range in size from 3/8 to ½ inch, while the winged queen ant could be as large as 1 inch. You can determine the carpenter ants from other species of ants by their characteristics, as their waist only has one node and a thorax with an evenly rounded upper surface, while other common ants have two nodes.
- Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood. They prefer sweet nectars, plants and fats. Carpenter ants destroy wood by making tunnels in wood for their homes.
- They favor damp, warm environments to build their colonies.
- The presence of carpenter ants is noted by small sawdust piles near the entrances to their colonies.
- A colony can have as many as 2,000 workers.
- They can range in color from red to black.
- Have elbowed antennae, small waists and two wings of a different size.
- Carpenter ants burrow smooth tunnels in wood.
- Worker ants burrow mostly at night, after midnight.
- Carpenter ants will forage for food up to 1,000 ft. away from the colony.
- A colony begins with a fertilized queen. Very often a satellite colony will be built, but it contains only workers.
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