Length: Workers are 6-13mm, Queen is 25mm or more
Colour: Reddish--brown, black
Other features: Large mandibles, small cone hairs on tip of abdomen
What should I know about carpenter ants?
They are the largest of typical common ants, in their natural surroundings they are beneficial insects; not when they nest in structural lumber.
They swarm in mating flights, sign of possible infestation.
Late evening is their peak activity time.
How to locate carpenter ants?
Look for frass, occasionally found in wall voids.
When they excavate wood, they usually make rustling sounds.
Track the ants back to their nest, where applicable.
How do carpenter ants impact my property?
They construct their colonies in structural wood, wall voids, insulation and hollows of doors.
They usually limit the size of the colony to the area of the damp wood but are capable of doing extensive structural damage.
They chew through wood, they do not eat wood.
How can I prevent carpenter ants from invading?
Remove decaying wood from around building.
Ensure good ventilation and drainage around the home; repair leaky pipes to prevent dampness.
Avoid accumulating garbage.
Ask our licensed pest control professional for help!