Carpenter ants are some of the largest ants found in the USA. They range in size from 1/8 to 1/2 inch in length. While most are black, some may have a red or yellow color. A Hudson pest control company can help homeowners get rid of these pests.
Carpenter ants live both indoors and outdoors. They inhabit wet, hollow or decaying wood. The ants cut galleries into the grain of the wood to form nests and provide tunnels that allow them to move between sections of their nest. Colony locations are often found by looking for wood shavings along with parts of dead ants.
Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wood they remove. They do eat many of the same foods that people eat and are fond of sweets and meats. These ants also eat other insects.
The Queen of a colony may live up to 25 years. She begins laying eggs the first year and may lay from 9-16 eggs. These eggs have a six to 12 week life cycle.
Homeowners most often see worker ants or swarmers. Workers are generally out looking for food. Swarms are seen as the colony matures and some of ants leave the original colony to form a new one. Seeing swarms indicates there is already a well established colony nearby. Other signs to look for include the rough shavings mixed with dead ant parts. In addition, it may be possible to hear a rustling sound as the insects work in the wood of the home.
With early intervention, serious structural damage to a home or other building can be avoided. However, if the ants are allowed to continue their work for an extended time, they can cause considerable damage. If an infestation is suspected, homeowners will want to contact a Hudson pest control company to ensure the nest is eliminated.