Carpenter ants are some of the largest ants that you'll encounter in your home and yard. Carpenter ants prefer to nest in dead, damp wood but can cause significant damage to the wood in the walls of your home. The black carpenter ant is the most likely species of ant to infest a house in the United States.
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.