Carpenter ants are some of the largest ants that you'll encounter in your home and yard. They range in size from 1/8 inch to nearly 1 inch in length. Carpenter ants prefer to nest in dead, damp wood but can cause significant damage to the wood in the walls of your home. While they do not actually eat wood, carpenter ants do chew tunnels through wood, to create a matrix of inter-connected tunnels in which to nest. The softer the wood is, the easier it is to tunnel through. Because of this, carpenter ants are usually found nesting in areas of a house that have had water damage. When carpenter ants travel, they leave behind a scent trail (or a pheromone trail) which enables ants within their colony to follow the path from their main nest (a tree outside) to a satellite nest (smaller nests surrounding the main nest) which many times ends up being in the comfort of your own home.
Carpenter Ants Facts:
· Carpenter ants are single node insects; (nodes are the segments on the waist that separates their abdomen and thorax.
· Carpenter ants are not equipped with a stinger.
· Most carpenter ants are black in color, but some may be light brown, tan, reddish, or a combination of red and black body segments.
· Carpenter ants are nocturnal and do most of their work in their colony at night.
· The black carpenter ant is the most likely species of ant to infest a house in the United States.
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