Carpenter ants are a larger species of ant that is a wood loving pest. They get their name from their nest building, where they will excavate the wood and form smooth tunnels inside of the wood. They do not actually eat wood. However, these pests tunnel and chew through wood to create nests which causes damage the same.
What are Carpenter Ants?
Carpenter ants are a wood destroying insect. They live and nest inside of wood. They do not actually eat wood. These ants actually make grooves in the wood to lay eggs. They nest outside in dead, damp wood, building smooth, distinctive-looking nests. They remove wood to create passageways through the wood grain to provide access to various nest areas known as galleries. Indoors, they nest in any natural hollow, such as hollow-core doors, window sills, and wall voids. Unlike termites, these ants do not eat wood; however, these ants damage to wood, from hollowing out trees to damaging the materials used in the construction of buildings. for more information on these pests see the Wikipedia entry.
Signs of Carpenter Ant Infestation
The wood that they remove will sometimes look like a pile of sawdust. This is called frass. Frass is usually the first indicator of a carpenter ant infestation. Carpenter ants prefer soft or moist wood and are also nocturnal insects. This can be confusing for a homeowner. Many times a homeowner will clean up the frass only to find more the following morning. Their diet consists primarily of honeydew that is secreted from aphids. They also like sweets such as honey, syrup, and jelly. One trick to finding out where a carpenter ant colony is nesting is to place a small drop of honey near a live ant. The pest will ingest the honey for about a minute and then go directly back to the colonies’ nest. It is important that you not use an over the counter insecticide to spray for carpenter ants. This will only serve to move the colony around inside the walls.
What buildings are at risk?
All kinds of buildings, regardless of age or type of construction, are vulnerable to infestation and damage by carpenter ants. These pests are very difficult to control. Colonies can contain up to 50,000 workers. In the event that you are trying to sell your home and you have carpenter ants, you will be required to have the home treated by a professional licensed exterminator prior to closing. Banks won’t finance a home that has an active carpenter ant infestation.
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