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         Carpenter Ant Info & Identification

Carpenter ants are social insects that live in colonies. They prefer to build their  
nests in wood, making tunnels, galleries and chambers. The surface of the
tunneling is smooth, as if a carpenter had sanded all the surfaces.

As carpenter ants prefer moist and/or partially decayed wood, they are good
indicators for homeowners that an area of their home has a moisture problem that
needs their attention.

These are a few of the locations carpenter ants like to nest.

  • Wood affected by water seepage from plugged drain gutters, wood shingle
    roofs, hollow porch posts and columns.
  • Areas around kitchen and bathroom plumbing where water leaks have
  • Wood to ground contact, such as porch supports, siding touching the soil   
    and wooden stairs.

Carpenter ants are among the largest ants in the United States.  
Adults vary from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch. The largest of the colony is always the
Queen. (Image below)

Ant Queen
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