Carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.) are large (0.3 to 1.0 in or 0.76 to 2.54 cm) ants indigenous to many forested parts of the world.
They build nests inside wood consisting of galleries chewed out with their mandibles, preferably in dead, damp wood. They do not consume the wood, however, unlike termites. Sometimes, carpenter ants hollow out sections of trees. They also commonly infest wooden buildings and structures, and are a widespread nuisance and major cause of structural damage. However, their ability to excavate wood helps in forest decomposition. One of the most familiar species associated with human habitation in the United States is the black carpenter ant. The genus includes over 1,000 species.
Carpenter ants build their nests outdoors in various wood sources, including tree stumps, firewood or landscaping. They need a constant water source to survive. Carpenter ants will enter the house through wet, damaged wood.
Carpenter ants are among the largest ants in the United States, ranging from 3.4 to 13 mm long. More size information.
The most common color is black, but some species have reddish or yellowish coloration. The color also varies among species, ranging from jet-black to dark brown, red, black, yellow, orange, yellowish tan or light brown. Some ants exhibit both red and black coloration.
Where Do They Live?
Carpenter ants reside both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood.
A carpenter’s ant has a winged queen and many sterile, wingless, female workers. There are also white, leagous larvae and there are winged females and males at a particular time. Eggs are white and Puppy is cocoon tan.
Generally, the settlement does not produce winged males and queens as long as they are not for many years and there are about 2,000 to 3,000 employees. Approximately 200 to 400 winged ants develop in the summer, stay in a nest during the winter, and leave the nest in the spring or summer later in the summer. During the winter, the ants are hibernate if they are in the hot part of the active building.
In the spring and early summer, the winged males and females emerge from established settlements in hot days. Mating takes place during a brief flight, after which the male dies, and the woman (the queen) removes her wings and searches for a suitable rummy site.
Nesting is usually located in the hollow tree, stunt or logs of soft, humid, decaying wood in the groove. The new queen fights fifteen to twenty eggs, which produces the first line of offspring. White, soft-blooded, legally larvae become sterile female workers afterwards.
The best way to control carpenter ants is to find and destroy the nests. This is often easier said than done. Recent studies have shown that carpenter ants follow distinct scent trails between the satellite colonies and the parent nest.
Carpenter ants also rely on scent trails to recruit their nestmates to food. With patience and a little effort, homeowners can use this trailing behavior displayed by carpenter ants to locate and eliminate the nests.
- Some queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies!
- Ants don’t have ears. Ants “hear” by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet.
- When ants fight, it is usually to the death!
- When foraging, ants leave a pheromone trail so that they know where they’ve been.
- Queen ants have wings, which they shed when they start a new nest.
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