- Can be exceptionally difficult to control requiring multiple treatment techniques and services.
- Most common species in the Northeast is the Black Carpenter Ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus) but they may also be red, brown or a mix of all of the colors.
- Carpenter ants are polymorphic which means they can range in size depending on what their role is in the colony. Just because some might be small doesn't mean they're not carpenter ants.
- Prefer moist wood (i.e. leaking windows, where porches or decks meet the house, damp basements, etc.) to set up satellite nests. These satellite nests will be used for egg storage and food storage while the main colony often still exists outside.
- They eat the same types of food we do (proteins, sugars, etc) and although they don't eat wood like termites do, their damage can be just as significant.
- As they carve out their "galleries" in the wood, they clean out the resulting sawdust, often times mixing it with body parts from dead ants of the colony.
- Can easily overwinter inside of a home if their nest is given ample time to mature and secure a weather-proof area to protect themselves.
- Carpenter ants are active year-round and can be found both indoors and outside.
Carpenter Ants can be hard to control. These ants generally have a parent and several satellite colonies. In the spring, be sure to remove any wood and decaying vegetation from the foundation of the property. Remove nesting sites such as tree stumps and dead limbs. Seal up any leaks or cracks and make sure rain gutters are directed away from the home.
Carpenter Ant control begins with a thorough inspection of your property to identify nesting sites, satellite areas and favorable conditions causing their infestation. In the last few years advances in pest control technology including Carpenter Ant treatments have led to better bait products as well as undetectable liquid products. These newer and more efficient treatments allow Carpenter Ants to introduce these insecticides to other colony members by normal contact and food exchange, thus controlling the entire population.